Is Miley Cyrus aging well?
The former “Hannah Montana” star made headlines at the recent MTV Video Music Awards when she got down and dirty for a raunchy duet with singer Robin Thicke. But while many were laughing at the 20- year old pop star and not with her, is she having the last laugh after all?
Cyrus’s twerk-fest was accessorized with a flesh-colored bikini and a foam finger (much like the unrated version of Thicke’s music video for “Blurred Lines”), and her tongue wagging was enough to give Gene Simmons a run for his money. But while some viewers were shocked by the show, the parents of the performers seem to feel differently.
Thicke’s father, actor Alan Thicke, took to Twitter to defend his son’s performance. The former “Growing Pains” star tweeted: “Anyone expecting the VMAs to have Growing Pains sensibilities does not watch videos and should be familiar with content before watching with children. Don’t complain, supervise!”
He later added: “Parents still bemoaning VMAs might have had a clue when Gaga bared butt in opening. Good time to lock up your children?!”
Billy Ray Cyrus, who co- starred with his daughter on the Disney series “Hannah Montana, ” told Entertainment Tonight, “Of course I’ll always be here for Miley. Can’t wait [to] see her when she gets home. She’s still my little girl and I’m still her dad regardless how this circus we call show business plays out. I love her unconditionally and that will never change.”
Tish Cyrus, who was seen on camera proudly cheering after her daughter’s VMA performance, hasn’t spoken on the aftermath yet. But she did retweet Harper’s Bazaar editor Derek Blasberg’s sentiment: “Obsessed with @MileyCyrus’s performance at the VMA’s. It was like a karaoke party at the Playboy mansion. In the 90’s. In platform sneakers.”
Meanwhile, Robin Thicke’s mom, actress Gloria Loring is having trouble getting the raunchy performance out of her mind. She told omg!: “I just keep thinking of [Miley’s] mother and father watching this. Oh, Lord, have mercy… I was not expecting her to be putting her butt that close to my son. The problem is now I can never ‘unsee’ it.”
While Loring said she “loved” her 36-year old son’s black and white suit, she didn’t get Miley’s gig. “I don’t understand what Miley Cyrus is trying to do,” she said. “I just don’t understand. I think she’s misbegotten in this attempt of hers, and I think it was not beneficial.”
Miley may beg to differ. After her controversial performance, the unapologetic pop star took to Twitter to boast: “Smilers! My VMA performance had 306,000 tweets per minute. That’s more than the blackout or Superbowl! #fact.”