Miley Cyrus has proven herself to be kind of the worst lately, but that doesn’t mean the girl can’t sing. The divisive star stopped by “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” last night to promote her new album, Bangerz, and we’ll give it to her: she put on a pretty ace show. The 20-year-old channelled the opening sequence of “The Brady Bunch” via an a cappella version of “We Can’t Stop,” with a little help from Fallon and house band The Roots. (I maintain that the real star of this video is Questlove, who at turns looks both amused and appalled by some of Miley’s more questionable lyrics.) That said, there was very little Cyrus-tongue in sight, which should hopefully keep the singer in The Stroke Association’s good graces for just a liiiiiittle while longer. [Hypetrak]
Everyone and their mom is going to be dressed up as Miley Cyrus at the VMAs for Halloween. Dare to be different, just like Smilerz! Go as Miley Cyrus in the music video for “We Can’t Stop” instead. It’s less naked, which is a bonus considering Halloween has the misfortune of falling at the end of October when the temps are typically verging on freezing. Add a short platinum wig or pull your own hair back into a modified pompadour of sorts, and stick on some pointy gold press-on nails from the drugstore. Oh, and here’s a tutorial (from a child!) on making your own fake grillz. Details on where to buy everything else, after the jump! Keep reading »
I know you guys are sick of hearing about Miley, but you know who isn’t? CARL MCCOID. Surely, you remember Carl? In June 2012, I asked him to Be My Boyfriend, on account of the fact that I found his devotion to Miley Cyrus, in the form of 15 Miley-themed tattoos, to be quite, um, thorough. And sweet? Well, Miley has changed a lot in the last 15 months, but Carl’s love for the pop star has only grown. So has his tattoo collection. He has six new Miley tattoos, including a huge portrait of Miley sticking her tongue out on his rib cage, and a tribute to her new album, Bangerz, on his back. And, ahem, he can’t stop. He’s already planning on his 22nd tattoo, but is debating between two options. “My 22nd is due in two weeks,” Carl told Celebuzz. It’s a choice between the VMAs iconic facial expression or her amazing profile facial side image.” A tough choice, Carl. What should he do, you guys? See more pics of his latest tattoos at the link! [Celebuzz] [Photos: Celebuzz/Carl McCoid]
In my dreams, Miley and Sinead decide to be grown ass women who, at the end of the day, respect each other’s work, go out for a beer and have a cool, smart, healthy debate about sexual expression/exploitation in the music biz. Then they head to the studio and record a song together and it is awesome. I am losing hope of this actually happening in real life, so Robin Skouteris‘s excellent mashup of Sinead’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and Miley’s “Wrecking Ball” will have to do. [via Jezebel]
“I have to say that I’m disturbed and dismayed by the recent spate of overtly sexualized performances and videos. You know the ones I’m talking about. It seems obvious that certain record companies are peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment. As if the tidal wave of sexualized imagery wasn’t already bombarding impressionable young girls enough. I believe in freedom of speech and expression, but the market forces don’t give a toss about the notion of boundaries. As long as there’s booty to make money out of, it will be bought and sold. It’s depressing to see how these performers are so eager to push this new level of low.Their assumption seems to be that misogyny — utilized and displayed through oneself is totally fine, as long as you are the one creating it. As if it’s all justified by how many millions of dollars and YouTube hits you get from behaving like pimp and prostitute at the same time. It’s a glorified and monetized form of self harm.”
’80s British singer Annie Lennox from The Eurythmics wrote a post on Facebook this Saturday clearly directed at Miley Cyrus (“You know the ones I’m talking about”). A skeptical Lennox hopped aboard the same bandwagon as Sinead O’Connor, who last week alleged that Cyrus is being exploited by the record industry and needs to have better handlers. Cyrus was rudely dismissive of O’Connor’s open letter last week, comparing the singer who has struggled with mental illness to Amanda Bynes.
It was classy of Lennox to write these comments without calling out the twerking singer directly — but nevertheless, she found herself adding more commentary on Sunday:
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Alright, I think it’s time to start a petition to ban Matt Lauer from interviewing young famous women on “The Today Show.” It rarely doesn’t tread into uncomfy territory. (Remember when he asked Anne Hathaway about her vagina?) This morning, in between singing her hit songs “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball,” Lauer interviewed Miley Cyrus about her new album, Bangerz, that whole Sinead O’Connor mess and, of course, her performance at the MTV VMAs last month, and it got … yucky. Watch above.
I have been feeling complex emotions about Miley Cyrus lately — I begrudgingly love her new album, Bangerz; I hate that she made fun of Sinead O’Connor’s mental issues — but she earned some points back with me with this spoof on “Saturday Night Live.” A raunchy remix of “We Can’t Stop” about the government shutdown, starring John Boehner and Michelle Bachmann? Perfection.
The only reason I feel any sort of sympathy or human compassion for Miley Cyrus today, or ever, is because her dad just performed a song alongside Fred Durst on “The Arsenio Hall Show.” Worst nightmares realized. Like, I would be so embarrassed if my dad were to so much as breathe the same air as Fred Durst, especially if my dad were already Billy Ray Cyrus. I thank god every day that my dad is my dad and not Billy Ray Cyrus.
Y’all, this isn’t gonna end, is it? Sinead O’Connor is not happy that Miley Cyrus made fun of her two-year-old nervous breakdown (and Amanda Bynes!) in response to Sinead’s open letter to the twerking pop star. First, to recap: two days ago, Sinead posted an open letter to Miley on her website, advising the singer to not allow herself to be “pimped” and that exploiting her sexuality is distracting from her talent. The letter was clearly written from a well-meaning place, informed largely by Sinead’s experience in the music industry when she was Miley’s age. While aspects of it were verging on school marm-y, Sinead’s tone was kind and giving. Miley responded by posting a screenshot of tweets written by Sinead two years ago, when she was in the midst of a nervous breakdown, comparing O’Connor to Amanda Bynes. Poking fun at not one but two people’s mental health problems? Not okay. And Sinead is pissed. She posted the following to her Facebook page yesterday:
Miley… Really? Who the fuck is advising you? Because taking me on is even more fuckin’ stupid than behaving like a prostitute and calling it feminism. You have posted today tweets of mine which are two years old, which were posted by me when I was unwell and seeking help so as to make them look like they are recent. In doing so you mock myself and Amanda Bynes for having suffered with mental health issues and for having sought help. Keep reading »