Move over, Madonna. Look out, Lady Gaga. Miley Cyrus has arrived, and the 20-year-old underwear-wearing, strip-act-strutting musical maven has brought shock performance to a new level.
Her 2013 MTV Video Music Award performance outdid even Lady Gaga's past showings of meat-covered theatrics and multiple-wigged costume changes. In a sexually charged performance, Miss Cyrus first sang her hit single "We Can't Stop" before stripping to a flesh-colored latex bra and underwear and launching into a rendition of "Blurred Lines" with fellow singer Robin Thicke.
Reactions to her risque performance were immediate.
"Miley better get a ... pregnancy test after all of that grinding," said comedian Kevin Hart during the show, CNN reported.
A Twitter posting of a photograph of Will Smith's family as they watched the performance from the audience spoke volumes: Mr. Smith's children were pictured with open mouths, registering shock.
Other Twitter responses: "Just watched that Miley Cyrus / teddy bear performance and I think I'm now legally required to put myself on some kind of registry," posted the television critic for Time magazine, James Poniewozik.
And from another viewer: "I am still trying to recover from the miley cyrus performance."
Meanwhile, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski weighed in on Monday: "I think that was really, really disturbing. That young lady, who is 20, is obviously deeply troubled, deeply disturbed, clearly has confidence issues, probably eating disorder and I don't think anybody should have put her onstage. That was disgusting and embarrassing. ... That was not attractive. That was not fun. That was not funny. ... The whole thing was cringeworthy, but I feel bad for her. She is a mess."
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