- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mexican authorities launched an investigation of Miley Cyrus after her performance Tuesday in Monterrey included dancers pretending to whip her posterior with tiny Mexican flags.

A correspondent for ABC’s Fusion network reported the act may have violated a law that protects the nation’s “emblems, the flag and the national anthem” from desecration.

“The 35-page law protecting national symbols regulates the proper use of Mexico’s flag in schools, public buildings and during government ceremonies, but does not exactly include any clause specific to butt-flogging,” the correspondent wrote. “Article 52 does, however, say that acts which show ‘disrespect for the flag and national symbols will be punished according to their seriousness.”

Disrespecting the flag could bring fines and jail time — and it wouldn’t be the first time, Fusion reported. Mexican pop star Paulina Rubio was fined $4,000 for posing naked with a Mexican flag in a Spanish magazine.

Ms. Cyrus‘ concert has already sparked calls for similar response.

“[The dancers] are hitting her with the flag or clearing her backside,” Francisco Trevino Cabello of the National Action Party told Agence France-Presse. “It’s a lack of respect. The interior ministry must sanction the singer Miley Cyrus for desecrating the flag.”

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