Miley Cyrus promised her VMA performance of "We Can't Stop" would be a crazier moment than Britney Spears and Madonna's infamous 2003 kiss. And Miley made good on her word, proving that she doesn't make promises she doesn't keep — especially when it comes to twerking and taking off her pants. Miley's "We Can't Stop" performance, which morphed into a medley of "Blurred Lines" with Robin Thicke and 2 Chainz, ripped a page from the scandalous video's treatment (apt since video director Diane Martel also helped conceptualize Miley's "We Can't Stop" performance), but with more teddy bears, far less clothing and a giant foam finger.
Miley simulated sex acts still illegal in some states as she writhed around the stage, grinding against Thicke and executing physical maneuvers often not seen outside of your local King of Diamonds. Mashable called it "childhood-ruining." People called it purgatory's version of a Build-A-Bear workshop (we're paraphrasing). Dlisted called it an ode to Vice magazine. (Well put, Michael!) We just called it Miley bein' Miley. But here's what everyone else was saying about Miley Cyrus' polarizing, ass-packed VMA performance. First, Rihanna's reaction. (Opinion unclear.)
And the inevitable foam finger Twitter account.
Someone on Twitter's dad: Maybe you should've started with the "We Can't Stop" video as an introductory course.
ugh. @billyraycyrus keeps calling.— miley's foam finger (@mileyfoamfinger) August 26, 2013
Could I please see a menu?
My dads reaction to Miley Cyrus performance hahaha he's done pic.twitter.com/u6GozAjVTa— I'm Natani (@NataniSmiles1) August 26, 2013
Chris Crocker! Oh, the shade of it.
Miley Cyrus should have at least taken me out to dinner first.— shockness. (@rhiasnoise) August 26, 2013
Twerk in the mirror: No word on whether this works, but that's only because we haven't yet tried.
Loving @MileyCyrus' 2007 Chris Crocker realness. Werk.— Chris Crocker (@ChrisCrocker) August 26, 2013
Leave Jennifer Lawrence out of this!
If you say "Miley Cyrus" in the mirror three times she'll come out and twerk on you— Dean. (@aer0dactyl) August 26, 2013
Fatherly advice. Also, this would make a really sweet tattoo:
Billy Ray Cyrus's daughter twerked Alan Thicke's son tonight on MTV— Eric Harvey (@marathonpacks) August 26, 2013
Love a good "Mean Girls" reference. Because there's a "Mean Girls" quote for every occasion.
*billy ray cyrus accent* "You do whats in your heart baby girl" pic.twitter.com/IArZvaoJ2E— im lee (@narrymood) August 26, 2013
Miley Cyrus Meets World: Because some one-on-one time with everyone's favorite neighbor-turned-teacher-turned-college-professor might be the voice of reason Miley needs:
Everybody watching Miley Cyrus perform pic.twitter.com/BWT7oFKc1G"— Steve Cook (@stevecook_32) August 26, 2013
Too easy. But we'll admit that we laughed.
Miley Cyrus needs Mr. Feeny.— Girl Meets World (@Girl_MeetsWorld) August 26, 2013
One person who loved it: Robin Thicke:
MILEY CYRUS WAS LIKE pic.twitter.com/qTYqvdmQ2z— ///// (@holyporn) August 26, 2013