Was the former Hannah Montana’s appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night an envelope-pushing masterpiece or a deranged teddy bear orgy? With 48 hours to digest, Kyle Anderson and Darren Franich debate.
KYLE ANDERSON: Going into Sunday night’s VMAs, Miley Cyrus was on a roll: Her single “We Can’t Stop” had been on the Hot 100 for 11 weeks, and she had just announced the release date of her new album Bangerz. The conversation over the video for “We Can’t Stop” — which has been viewed over 157 million times on YouTube — has been at a fever pitch for the bulk of the summer, and Cyrus seemed primed to make a big splash on her biggest stage yet.
What could have been a major transition moment in Cyrus’ career turned into a circus sideshow, and now the only thing people will remember about her for the next news cycle is how she masturbated a foam finger in front of millions of people. What we got was a desperate stab at “adulthood” at best and a reasonable exhibit A for strengthening indecency laws at worst. Darren, give me a reason (or several reasons) not to think this performance was a disaster.
DARREN FRANICH: Here’s one reason: The gigantic teddy bear with a Geordi LaForge visor. Here’s fifty more reasons: The dancing pink teddy bears that flanked Miley while she initiated an event that was less a musical performance than a carefully-choreographed cartoon orgy. READ FULL STORY