Miley Cyrus’ unruly video for “We Can’t Stop” was something of an illustration of what happens when you put a bunch of mutinous kids in a room together to see what unfolds — which, you could argue, is exactly what’s been taking place in Congress in the wake of last week’s government shutdown.
“We Did Stop (The Government),” a pre-taped music video from the Miley-hosted “Saturday Night Live,” merges these two worlds to create a smart, rebellious and downright hilarious statement on just how twisted things are in D.C. It’s quite a bit more conservative than “We Can’t Stop,” but in political affiliation solely — it’s every bit as raunchy as the original, and in ways, it’s even more alarming. The burning marshmallows are replaced with burning $100 bills (seriously, just look at how much the shutdown’s costing us), the creepy singing face is replaced by that of Republican deity Ronald Reagan and all the dogs and stuffed bears are replaced with — you guessed it — elephants. In short, it brings a hilarious (and at the same time, a truly terrifying) new meaning to “This is our house/ This is our rules.”
The two-and-a-half minute clip opens with Taran Killam as Miley-meets-John-Boehner as the Speaker of the House puts in his grill and slicks back his hair as a familiar voice rings in with a slightly different message: “It’s our party, we can stop what we want, we can vote how we want, defund what we want.”
That’s when the really Miley shows up, dressed almost uncannily as Republican representative Michele Bachmann (who has been one of the most fervent opponents of President Obama’s health care law). But that doesn’t mean her moves are going to be any less suggestive this time around.
“Red states and sweaty bodies everywhere/ Bill’s in the house like we don’t care/ ’cause we came to shut it all down now, no government around now,” she sings as she and Killam dance with Uncle Sam, break a piñata in the shape of the American flag, and turn away astronauts and park rangers who want to get in on the fun. “If you’re not ready for health care/ Can I get a “hell no!” /’Cause we’re gonna keep it out shut down/ D.C. is a closed town all around.”
The clip aired during Miley’s double-duty gig on “SNL,” which also saw her playing Hillary Clinton and during which she performed “Wrecking Ball” and an acoustic version of “We Can’t Stop.”
There’s sure to be more hilarious moments where that came from the extended, 90-minute version of “Miley: The Movement,’ airing tonight on MTV at 8p.m. ET.