To say that Miley Cyrus has over-saturated all channels of popular culture since her notorious VMA performance on August 25 would be, well, kind. Her maniacal, tongue-sprouting grin or gyrating, vinyl-clad body--or both!--have been ubiquitous since. Dialogue detailing cultural appropriation and the racist implications of her "We Can't Stop" video and its VMA treatment began as soon as the broadcast of the awards show ended. Late last week, Sinead O'Connor wrote an open letter to Cyrus, addressing Cyrus' recent Rolling Stone cover story and comments she'd made citing O'Connor as an inspiration for her look and the "Wrecking Ball" video. In her letter, O'Connor begs Cyrus to fire anyone who lets her "prostitute" herself for the benefit of the music industry while reminding her that her records are fine enough on their own without her writhing up and down on a taut chain for a music video. Cyrus responded by mocking O'Connor. Hours after that, famed lens-toting creeper Terry Richardson posted a series of photos that started the backlash up all over again, and Miley, with her nipples all over the internet and YouTube plays for the "Wrecking Ball" leaping close to 200 million, told Sinead that she couldn't respond to her latest letter because she was too busy practicing for her hosting/performing gig on Saturday Night Live.
In short: "I'm just being Miley" has segued into "I'm just being a walking wet dream of a dissertation for a pop culture sociologist," and all of this came to a glorious, table-turning head for this season's Disney Girl Gone Bad on SNL.More »