When Miley Cyrus twerked with foam fingers, teddy bears and a seemingly innocent Robin Thicke at MTV’s Video Music Awards, she knew exactly what she was doing. Because what’s happened is that everyone in pop culture is still buzzing about it in some way — and it’s October. That happened at Barclays way back in August.
“It’s a month later and we’re still talking about it,” said Cyrus during a TODAY show appearance Monday morning. “I don’t ever really plan to offend people, but sometimes it just happens, because I think people aren’t open to things they don’t understand.”
Sure, people might not be “open” to a naked pop star with her tongue sticking out all the time, but they’re certainly intrigued, as 4.5 million viewers tuned in to fixate on the creature on Saturday Night Live this past week (nearly the amount of people who watch Tina Fey’s ratings high earlier in the season). Taking advantage of a guaranteed audience, Cyrus delivered laughs in skits and spoofs of her own career choices, and also performed her ballad “Wrecking Ball” and an acoustic version of the controversial “We Can’t Stop,” which was surprisingly endearing. Watch the video below:
As if that rendition isn’t enough to wipe out your traumatic VMA memories, she also stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and debuted an a cappella version of the song with Fallon and The Roots, making the song even more stream-worthy than ever. Watch the video below:
Before, we clicked because we were confused, but now we’re clicking because it’s actually pretty good, and it’s okay to admit that we can’t stop playing these new versions. Because that’s exactly what she wanted to do: make you sure you hear her, and then make sure you listen.
And if that’s not striking a chord with you, here’s Cyrus’ SNL spoof on the government shutdown that is sure to win you over to Team Miley:
— Ashley L.