Calm Down About Cyrus
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 16:09
Each year, something happens at the MTV Video Music Awards that is more shocking than the previous year. And, of course, this year did not disappoint with Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke’s performance of “We Can’t Stop” and “Blurred Lines.” This may seem like old news since it happened over a week ago, but Cyrus finally responded to her critics Tuesday. And she responded with just that: Every year something crazier happens, and that’s exactly what she was trying to accomplish. Cyrus and Thicke were trying to “make history.”
One of the major things that Cyrus is getting criticized for are her outfit choices, excluding her red carpet attire. Cyrus wore a fabulous vintage two-piece Dolce & Gabbana design—that is not mentioning the hair, of course.
To recap, Cyrus wore a one-piece mouse outfit when she first entered the stage. If you had watched her “We Can’t Stop” music video, the outfit choice wouldn’t have been much of a surprise since Cyrus’ video features giant teddy bears several times. What got even more criticism was when Cyrus stripped down to a revealing nude-colored two piece. Again, the women featured in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video wear these outfits, which explains why Cyrus wore that in the first place.
There hasn’t even been much mention about Lady Gaga’s performance outfit; she wore a thong and a seashell bra. Gaga was actually complimented on her physique rather than criticized about the outfit. Last year, however, Gaga’s outfit takes the cake for the most-talked-about outfit when she wore a costume made entirely of raw meat. Clearly, Gaga was trying to get the same amount of attention this year, but guess what? Cyrus won.
Maybe Gaga didn’t get as much bad press because she wasn’t a Disney Channel star like Cyrus was. This can be linked back to Britney Spears when she tried to break out of her good-girl image. Britney was a part of the Mickey Mouse Club, which was referenced several times once Spears put out a few risqué videos and performances. Not to mention, Spears “made history” in 2003 when she kissed Madonna on stage. Spears is still a star, and I am convinced Cyrus will follow in her footsteps.
In 2009, Kanye West and Taylor Swift were the talk of the VMAs. As Swift was accepting her award for best female video, West interrupted her by saying, “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ll let you finish, but Beyoncé has one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!” referencing Beyoncé’s hit “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It).”
Another unbelievable VMA moment happened in 1999 with Diana Ross and Lil’ Kim’s breast. That moment is still discussed to this day.
Many celebrities believe in the idea that any publicity is good publicity, even if it may be outrageous performances. I think it would be hard to find anyone that hadn’t at least heard about Cyrus at the VMAs, which is exactly what she wanted. Celebrities have to try harder and harder each day to even get attention from the public, so I really don’t know why anyone was surprised about this performance.w
I just hope Cyrus decides to grow her hair back out.
Emma is a senior majoring in Journalism. Follow her on Twitter @emmajheaton2.