She was twerkin’ it alright.
Miley Cyrus has come a long way from her days as a Disney ingénue on Hannah Montana (all four season of which are available on xfinity’s Streampix).
After the 20-year-old’s salacious performance of “We Can Work,” accompanied by a chorus line of dancing teddy bears that probably sent plushophiles into convulsions of erotic delight, Miley shed her already provocative outfit, with bear ears serving as a bra, for a skin-color bikini that seemed to cause the stripes on duet partner Robin Thicke’s jacket to blush crimson as they launched into the summer’s big hit, “Blurred Lines,” evoking its video’s parade of topless models.
Waving a “We are number one” foam finger last seen at a college football game, Cyrus pointed the digit in a number of suggestive directions, including brushing it over Thicke’s swimsuit area, as advertised in the viral clip of the hit song. She also bent over frontwards in front of her partner in yet another provocative pose.
If it seems like the spirit of Madonna had taken over Miley Cyrus, one need only return to her original series, Hannah Montana, where she lives a double-life, portraying a normal, everyday girl who guards her identity as the title pop star more zealously than any superhero. If you want to see Miley when she was still a fresh-faced teenager—more likely to cradle a teddy bear than twerk with one—check out these five highlighted episodes:
Season 1, Episode 1: Miley can’t go with her best friend Lilly to a Hannah Montana concert because she doesn’t want to give up her secret, while her older brother Jackson tries to impress a girlfriend by promising her free tickets for her next show. Miley sings “This is the Life” WATCH HERE.
Season 1 Episode 4: Miley has a crush on a ninth grader who hates Hannah Montana, but invites her to a concert anyway, as she runs back and forth trying to be both before the guy gives up and leaves. Miley sings “The Other Side of Me” WATCH HERE.
Season 2, Episode 5: Miley loses her voice after six encores at a Hannah Montana concert and frets over her future if the surgery doesn’t go well, while Brooke Shields appears as her mom in a dream. Miley sings “I Got Nerve,” “Life’s What You Make It,” “You and Me Together.” WATCH HERE.
Season 3, Episode 2: Miley has to prove to a police officer she’s Hannah Montana because that’s the name she had on her driver’s license. Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus duet on “Ready, Set, Don’t Go.” WATCH HERE
Season 4, Episode 13: The one-hour series finale finds Miley taking on a movie role, which means she can’t go to college with her best friend Lilly, but doesn’t tell her right away. The episode ends with a montage of the previous four years. Miley sings “Wherever I Go” (with Emily Osment), “True Friend,” “Barefoot Cinderella,” “Kiss It Goodbye” and “I’ll Always Remember You.” WATCH HERE.
Watch Every Hanna Montana Here
Considering her “America’s Sweetheart” background, it wasn’t too surprising the reaction to her VMA performance took the Twittersphere by storm. Bill Maher offered: “Haven’t been in a strip club in a long time, but it’s good to see nothing’s changed.” Lisa Renna tweeted, “Are the #vmas what watching Japanese porn must be like?” Said James van der Beek, star of Dawson’s Creek (its six seasons are available on Streampix) “There’s nothing you can do with a foam finger that you can’t air on MTV.” As for her dad, “Achy Breaky Heart” country star Billy Ray Cyrus, he tweeted, “Thanking god for so many blessings tonight. Continue to pray for world peace. More love…less hate.” Guess he was watching Breaking Bad (now available for catch-up on TV with XFINITY On Demand).
Thicke, who appeared in one Internet meme with his head replaced by Michael Keaton’s Beetlejuice, seemed unperturbed by the outcry. “That was dope,” he tweeted. “Shoutout to @mileycyrus.”
The Parents Television Council wasn’t too pleased, either. “MTV has once again succeeded in marketing sexually charged messages to young children using former child stars and condom commercials—while falsely rating this program as appropriate for kids as young as 14. This is unacceptable,” said Director of Public Policy Dan Isett.
And while the media criticism might have hurt her feelings, Cyrus reaped the rewards of the massive viral outcry, turning her into the human answer to Sharknado. She and Thicke attracted more than 300,000 tweets per minute, according to data gathered by the social network, generating 4.5 million mentions over the course of the evening. By comparison, last year’s Video Music Awards had a peak of 98,300 tweets per minute.
Miley boasts two separate tracks in the iTunes Top 5 (“Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop,” both of which went to #1), while her upcoming album, Bangerz, arriving Oct. 8, is #4 in pre-orders at the online retailer.