Miley Cyrus on The Today Show

Posted on October 08, 2013

That is entirely too much butt cheek for first thing in the morning, young lady.

 

Miley Cyrus in Concert on “The Today Show” at Rockefeller Center in New York City in a Kenzo top paired with custom shorts, Tuck shoes, and a Céline necklace.


We’ve reached that rather drearily predictable moment in Miley commentary where suddenly it’s a huge crime against humanity for anyone to criticize a vapid, tacky, attention-seeking pop star. Twice in the last several days we’ve read otherwise intelligent writers refer to her as a “genius” without a trace of irony. Bitches, please. She’s a former good-girl pop star gone bad, right at the moment she’s become a full legal adult. It’s a tale as old as time. Or pop stars, at least. There’s absolutely nothing original going on here, nor does any grander meaning need to be applied to her actions. She is what she is and she’s one in a long line of what she is.

On the other hand, the tendency for former pop stars old enough to be her mother (or grandmother) writing somewhat grumpy finger-wagging open letters to her this week has been equally as embarrassing. We understand why women like Sinead, Cher, and Annie Lennox might have strong, intelligent opinions backed up by decades of experience on the matter of young women in the music industry and how they’re exploited, but the attempts to publicly address Miley sounded like they were written by people who had absolutely no memory of what it’s like to be 20 and in the midst of discovering your own power, whatever that power is. In other words, the messages, as well intentioned as they were, were guaranteed to fall on deaf ears. Besides, not to defend the girl, but she’s got close to a decade of experience in this industry already. We’re not arguing toward her intelligence, but it’s condescending for anyone (especially anyone who doesn’t know her personally) to be publicly lecturing her like she was a neophyte. Like it or not, she’s old enough and has enough experience that she deserves not to have people automatically assume she doesn’t know what she’s doing. On the contrary; we think she knows EXACTLY what she’s doing.

We guess what we’re trying to say is … not so much “LEAVE MILEY ALONE!” as it is “Stop making her seem more important than she is. Also: Let’s all make fun of her clothes!” That’s so much healthier and more productive, don’t you think?

Anyway, her clothes: Everything here is fine except those tatty-ass shorts. Nothing really goes together, but that’s pretty much to be expected from this one. The shoes are cute.

 

 

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Kent Miller, Marco Sagliocco, PRN/PRPhotos.com]

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  • HobbitGirl

    The shorts are offensive. Not because of the butt-cheek — though please, Miley, put it away, we don’t care — but because they’re just horrifically unflattering. The high waist plus undercheek plus whatever the rippage is….it’s just awful. So awful.

    • Introspective

      but theyre custom!!! (said facetiously with all of the eye rolls i can muster)

      • marlie

        Be careful – don’t give yourself a headache. ;)

      • Katesymae

        Yeah, I could make a pair of custom shorts about as good. Just give me some white jeans, a hacksaw, and five minutes.

        • WittyCism

          Hacksaw, or a pair of baby nail scissors.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Custom Daisy Dukes-when you don’t care at all.

    • MilaXX

      They look like a yeast infection waiting to happen.

      • Zaftiguana

        Word. Denim panties have no business existing.

        • marlie

          Ouch. Just saying that out loud hurts.

    • Lucía Gavello

      It looks like her buttcheeks are longer than her thighs.

    • Meg

      I can tell you that 18 year old girls on a college campus in the Midwest have been heartily embracing shorts such as these. Always the underbutt, always the high waist, always the light wash. Usually accompanied by a crop top. It’s like they’re wearing the exact same outfit they wore in first grade without realizing they’ve outgrown it.

      • another_laura

        I saw waaaay too much butt cheek this weekend in a certain San Francisco park, with the apparently STILL necessary stank boots. Wow. (Of course, I will admit that I’m kind of jealous because even when I was 20 and thin my ass NEVER looked that good.)

        • RebeccaKW

          It’s affecting young girls, too. A friend’s daughter is 9 and she has a pair of denim shorts my friend keep trying to get rid of. They still fit in the waist, but the girl has grown and now they are booty shorts. The 9 year old likes them that way ‘it’s how they are supposed to be, Mama!’ and keeps demanding to wear them.

          • Synnae

            OMG- I witnessed that in River Island (home to way too much fug but also great pencil skirts). This 10 year girl was trying on high-waisted denim shorts, and she was like “Mum- they are so Rihanna- I love them, I want them”. Her mother of course refused to buy them but I did think it was interesting. For the 10 year old it was just mimicking Rihanna without really realising just what image Rihanna was selling.

          • RebeccaKW

            I grew up with dress codes in school that required jeans be knee length, etc. I always thought it was lame, why couldn’t I wear shorts that hit a couple of inches higher. Now I heartily embrace a dress code, b/c without one it would be a sea of…this.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            Unlike a friend of mine who DID buy them for her 15 year old last year! I know 15 is not 10 but it is still bloody young to have your butt on display.

          • Synnae

            Seriously??? Why would you do that as a parent?
            No way my mum would have allowed me to wear butt-displaying shorts in public, let alone buy them for me. I might still have worn them but behind her back and bought with my own money though. Like Miley, I had no proper sense of fashion as a teen/young adult.

          • http://fingertipaudio.net CLCDAN

            What are you talking about, she was a Disney kid, dressed Disney-style.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            Middle of a divorce, trying to make her daughter love her more than her dad, I think.

          • http://fingertipaudio.net CLCDAN

            How demanding. TAKE CHARGE.

          • RebeccaKW

            Well, I agree with you. I’m the mom and if I say no to these shorts, out they go. I think she threw them away once but inside, and the child got them out of the trash. So she just gave up. They are her play shorts now. What’s that thriller movie starring Goldie Hawn-she’s trying to get some expensive jewelry back from a child, the child refuses, and the child’s parents are saying things like ‘I know it’s not fair, but sometimes adults don’t make sense’ and finally Goldie snaps. “Isn’t anyone a parent around here?” and grabs the jewelry from the kid.

          • guest2visits

            ‘Decieved’…..I’ll admit to liking that movie. That was a good scene over the mistaken jewelry.

      • LipstickForPigs

        Truth. I took my son to his high school orientation and found myself wandering around muttering ” Why no pants?” under my breath the entire time. I feel like printing t-shirts that say PANTS
        WEAR EM

        • Kristin McNamara

          I would TOTALLY wear a shirt that said “PANTS. WEAR ‘EM.” all big and bold and taking up the whole shirt. Somebody get on that.

          • LipstickForPigs

            :D I have a 1″ pin-back button maker and have often thought about making T-Lo themed buttons with sayings like “TITSCREPENCY”

          • Kristin McNamara

            Well I’m a high school teacher. I don’t know that I could get away with wearing anything that said titscrepancy (either in my personal life or at work) but I would totally be fine with getting caught at the supermarket wearing a “PANTS. WEAR ‘EM.” t-shirt.

          • Kristin McNamara

            Or what about, “PANTS. LOOK INTO IT.” (them?)

          • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

            Can’t be a suggestion. We mean business.

          • marlie

            I’d buy one. Or ten.

          • LipstickForPigs

            How about “GURL…no” or “Scroll-Down Fug” or “WERQ”

      • Not applicable

        I’ve been seeing this on campus too. Some of them really have nice bodies- but I’m like, WHY are you flaunting your naked butt into business class? (let alone, I now have to think about surfaces of all seats as gross)

        • Cz

          So true. Ew. I’ve told my college-age nieces that if they wanted to celebrate their bodies, there are a million ways to highlight it but displaying it like a rack of meat is NOT the way to do it. And to add weight to my comment, I told them there would be no more shopping sprees with auntie if I see anything in their closets designed to display T&A. Apparently, bribery and arson speaks volumes.

          • sagecreek

            Hee! You’re wonderful.

            My stepsons started college Aug 28 and they told us Sunday night that they have yet to do laundry. OMG.

          • demidaemon

            Not surprising, really.

          • Cz

            HAH. Oh my god. That’s a lot of reused clothing.

            Which further proves the point that surfaces of all college seats are gross!

            And, thanks!

          • formerlyAnon

            I laughed. Your stepsons are legion, judging from what I hear.

          • http://fingertipaudio.net CLCDAN

            Real first world problem there.

      • Synnae

        Not just the US, this has also spread to Europe. Amsterdam this summer was not always very pleasing on the eye. At least I could blame most visible butt cheeks on the culprit being a tourist (usually British or American). But as we are always a tad behind fashion wise on the UK (and to a lesser extent US) I fear the worse for next summer.

      • Sadie-Ann

        I haven’t seen them on my Midwest campus yet, but we do have tights for pants so it’s not really a great trade.

        • Not applicable

          hahaha damn you jeggins!! Who’s idea was THAT?!

      • http://fingertipaudio.net CLCDAN

        And that’s an issue how?

  • RussellH88

    Ok, I’m going to say it.

    If you’re going to flaunt your ass, at least have an ass worth flaunting. I don’t want to see her tongue hanging out and those two undercooked pancakes peeking out from her shredded nevernude shorts.

    • HobbitGirl

      I think the high waist is really aggravating that issue — it elongates the line, which she definitely does not need. If you’re gonna wear ass shorts, at least wear ass shorts that make your ass look good.

  • Marshonica

    Her ass is not even that cute. Why does she keep showing it – literally and figuratively?

  • Mrs.G

    Ay yi yi, now I feel like I have a wedgie.

  • Blair Sylvester

    I think Miley needs to spend several hours looking at the posteriors of several women known for having great butts and then maybe think about putting hers away

    • Iva

      What makes a “great butt” is subjective–variety in the human form and visual sensibilities and all that. You need to put away your notion of some weird hierarchy of booty shape.

  • Aldona Dye

    The rare moment when I wish someone had just worn a good old-fashioned granny-panty.

    • Iva

      In breathable fabric!

  • WitlessExposition

    Have you seen the picture of her where she licked her makeup off at a photocall? Ugh, I’m so oversaturated with her that the makeup thing puts me more off than the tacky shorts.

    • Sobaika

      HAHAHAHA YES. Her lizard tongue wiped away the makeup around her mouth on a red carpet. Amazing.

      Anyway, I’m over rolling my eyes at this girl and her shtick. I’d just like to know what her leg workout regimen is.

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        I’d like to believe that I’d have the sense to keep my ass covered, but if I had legs like that, I can’t say it wouldn’t be tempting to show off every inch. Amazing.

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          That’s how I think about it. For the issues I have with her, that’s not one of ‘em. Believe me, she will miss that ass when she’s my age.

          • http://robot-heart.tumblr.com/ heartbot

            I’m confused. Are people talking about her ass in the positive?

          • http://fingertipaudio.net CLCDAN

            Some do.

        • mightbewrong

          It’s so true, I’m totally on her side for wanting to show off. Somebody needs to tell her it’s totally possible to do it without looking like a lunatic. I honestly think one can wear hotpants and still be classy, it’s all in the attitude and this ain’t it.

        • catlover2x

          When I saw the pictures, I had the same reaction: at least when she’s 60 she’ll have evidence that she once had the gams of a goddess! Like what’s her name in Titanic looking at her nekkid peetures and saying, “Wasn’t I a babe?”

          • demidaemon

            I think her legs are great. Her ass is so-so. It certainly isn’t made for twerking.

      • enuma

        Where’s King Joffrey when you need him?

  • Amanda Oster

    The shoes are cute? Really? They look like something out of a 1998 Delia*s catalog.

    • Goldfish Venom

      You say that like it’s a bad thing.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        Delia’s in 1998 was never ever a bad thing.

    • marlie

      I hate the shoes. And YES.

    • http://myriameron.blogspot.com/ Heron

      OMG Delia*s. My LIFE in 1998. There was a STORE in my MALL! Cutest sweaters ever.

      • Amanda Oster

        I did, admittedly, spend an embarrassing amount money on Delia*s orders. (I clearly remember a pair of knee-high, black boots, with an embroidered butterfly on the back of each heel…I wonder what happened to those?)

        • http://myriameron.blogspot.com/ Heron

          I just googled them and THEY STILL EXIST!!! And they have some cute books. Le sigh.

          • formerlyAnon

            My daughter won’t order from them any more because she thinks their customer service is subpar compared to Amazon & the other retailers she shops on line.

          • ConnieBV

            She’s right. It takes forever to get anything.

          • Amanda Oster

            Not gonna lie: I did the exact same thing. I was shocked to see they were still around. I nearly requested a catalog for nostalgia’s sake.

    • misstressofsylar

      say what you will about the girl but I quite like her wearing sensible shoes during her performances.

      • TerryMH

        I’ve noticed that as well and love that about her (it’s the only thing I love about her). But I’m old enough to be her mother and love anyone who can make comfortable shoes chic and fun. Honestly, I’d rather see Miley’s butt-cheeks sticking out while wearing flats, than Beyonce dancing in 5 inch plus heels (how does she do that anyway?).

        Still, I love T & L’s commentary – Miley is not some cultural juggernaut, but just one woman, doing something that has been done before and will be done again after her.

    • http://www.franticbutfabulous.com/ Heidi/FranticButFab

      Or a 1988 Commander Salamander’s catalog … (she said, dating herself.)

      • DTLAFamilies

        Something you could pick up at Canal Jeans in 1982 (really dating herself)

        • formerlyAnon

          There are, in what passes for a ‘button box’ in my house, advertising ephemera from both Canal Jeans and Commander Salamander. I am not sure, anymore, why. But at one time the graphics appealed to me . . . I guess . . .?

    • Katesymae

      I haaate the shoes. That type of clunky, thick-soled flat always reminds me of Herman Munster.

      • Synnae

        I hated them the first time around. Still hate them. So f-in unflattering on almost everybody.

    • eight_of_nine

      I love them! Sadly, my feet are too large to wear creepers without looking like I have bricks strapped to my feet.

  • RescueMe23

    I’m already bored by her and all the controversy that surrounds her. As you’ve said…it’s all been done before, and done better (Madonna I’m looking at YOU). The top is cute.

  • Michelle Gennari

    Sirs, I await the arrival of your book so that I can attend a book signing and kiss your respective rings. You are ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS right on the money! Just wanted to say that. :)

  • Clueless_Jock

    Let her be.

  • Barbara Thomas

    the shoes are cute, and it’s refreshing to see a pop star in practical footwear.

    • AmeliaEve

      She has been wearing lots of chunk brogues — she did at the VMAs, too. Most people would not want to dance in something that heavy, but she doesn’t seem to be much of a dancer anyway. On SNL last week she was wearing shower shoes. Honestly, whenever I see her in those thigh-high stiletto boots, she seems to be holding on to someone for support. I don’t think she can walk in them.

      • demidaemon

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Miley, “dancing,” oh that’s a good one.

  • Introspective

    at least she looks to have cleaned her tongue this time?

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Oh no-now I need brain bleash to get that image out of my mind(said with a facetious eye roll:)

  • Eric Stott

    Those shorts look like a Project Runway failure

  • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

    I’m fascinated by that top. In the real world, what would you pair that with? A pencil skirt? A maxi skirt? It’s almost too dental smocky, but it could be taken in another direction, right?

    • Diesel von Trapp

      I agree about dental smock… or scrubs as worn by the assistant in a cosmetic dentistry practice.

    • marlie

      It might actually work with a pencil skirt, or skinny jeans/pants.

    • MilaXX

      A pencil skirt would be great. I saw a black/white plaid one the other day that would work just lovely.

    • cluecat

      It’s a very ’80s top. In 1988 you would wear high waisted slacks preferably black, under a color printed blazer which also has shoulderpads (large print houndstooth is a good choice) and black pumps. You would wear something under it as to not accidentally show any skin when you take off your blazer at your high powered business meeting.

      • Lanus

        Alternatively, you could tuck it in to high waisted (or with a fold-over paper bag waist, even!) acid wash relaxed fit (but tapered to tight at the ankle) jeans, a chunky belt, slouch socks and white sneakers.

        Of course, to balance out all that billowy denim, you’d need at LEAST 6 inches of bang clearance off the forehead.

      • CT14

        I still have that blazer! I can never seem to throw it out! It’s black and royal blue houndstooth. Worn with black mock turtleneck and jeans with zippers on the ankles. Large earrings, either faux sapphires or holographic disks.

        And, as always, my purple converse all stars.

        Hello, 1985!

  • Sara

    those nails! ugh.

    • HorseNPonyShow

      Oh thank you baby jesus. I thought I was the only one who hated her nails.

    • SugarSnap108

      In pondering what’s the worst part of this look, I’m down to either the nails or the necklace. They’re actually more offensive than the shorts to me.

  • mjude

    she does know exactly what she is doing. whatever girl. but I do like the shoes!

  • Latin Buddy

    Ugh. I love the metallic color on those shoes but they make her feet look HUGE. The rest is actually okay for me. Knee high boots would have been perfect.

  • Bobbi

    I wish she’d hook up with A-Rod and then, they could both disappear.

    • marlie

      He’s even worse. She might be attention-seeking, but he’s a cheat and a liar. FAR worse in my book.

      • Bobbi

        I agree. I’m just sick to death of hearing about either one of them.

      • DTLAFamilies

        He has TWO portraits of himself as a centaur. That trumps tongue any day.

        • marlie

          OMG, I forgot about that. Yes, he’s WAAAAY worse. Not much can trump that.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Does he really-that is really bizarre.

    • mightbewrong

      I like to think their egos would cancel each other out, like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

      • Bobbi

        As long as they get off the public stage, I’d be happy.

  • MissMariRose

    Miley may not need to hear the message, but thousands of her young, impressionable fans do. So. preach on, Cher, Sinead, and Annie.

    • Supernumerary

      I haven’t yet had opportunity to read Cher or Annie’s letters, but Sinead’s letter was high in the slut-shaming quota. Don’t get me wrong — I don’t know Miley’s music, couldn’t give a toss about her career, and think her own mocking of mental illness is utterly abhorrent, but writing an open letter full of finger-wagging and ‘you’re basically a whore’ is its own kind of offensive and unnecessary.

      So, you know. The elder statesladies are welcome to chime in and try to offset some of Miley’s influence on others, but I hope they’re a bit more thoughtful about their words.

      • mshesterp

        I heartily disagree about Sinead’s letter–I didn’t think it was slut-shaming at all. I thought it was very much about other people (mostly men) in Hollywood owning and directing her sexuality, and not Miley herself (although I know she thinks so)–see fellating a sledgehammer in a Terry Richardson video in her undies. I thought Sinead’s letter was brilliant. I mean, wasted on Miley, but brilliant. Annie, too–the point of those letters is that if all the Rihanna’s/Xtinas/Mileys have to offer to the world is sexuality, full-stop (and over-the-top and unappealing, at least to me, as it is), then the empowerment message is lost. Madonna did it smartly, and Gaga pretty smartly, but Miley is NO Madonna. I’m not saying she’s a puppet, and I get what she’s doing, but I don’t think she’s doing herself or her fans any favors except giving money and eyeballs to the Terry Richardsons and the MTV VMA execs of the world.

        I’m positive I didn’t explain myself that well, but my point is–Preach it, Annie and Sinead.

        • MilaXX

          Sinead’s letter lost water for me when it then erupted into a stupid twitter war. I’m team Cher who at least had the sense to own her ish and admit she was out of line. It’s easy to say Miely is not Madonna, but back when Madonna was first emerging and she rolled around the floor at the VMA’s she was a nobody . it was only Madonna’s ability to reinvent herself and make a long lasting career that has garnered her any sort of respectability. I’m not a Miley fan and I;m definitely not a Terry Richardson fan, but all these open letter/finger waving just needs to stop.

        • Lanus

          I think Sinead has had some pretty serious mental health issues over the last 20 years, and she probably didn’t do herself any favors by injecting herself into the public debate over this one. She always seems a bit fragile once you scratch the surface…kind of an older alterna-Britney.

          • Wellworn

            I truly had very little opinion about Miley and understood that she is expressing herself and her sexuality and should have the freedom to do so, until she re-tweeted Sinead’s 2 year old tweets and referenced Amanda Bynes as well. Whatever goodwill I had toward Miley is completely erased now. Hurtful and mean, not only to Sinead and Amanda, but to anyone including her fans that might have mental issues.

        • demidaemon

          To be fair, Xtina has radically altered her image, especially in the past six months.

      • Kimmu

        Yeah, she really lost me at all of the slut shaming. That letter was just so condescending and finger wagging. Miley’s sexuality belongs to herself. She can share it with whoever the hell she wants to.

      • BrooklynBomber

        I disagree about it being “slut shaming.” It was really about what Miley apparently is too young to understand about sexuality, fame, and, well, taste. I do think Sinead could have left out the word “prostitute” and found a better way to express that thought, but I don’t think she was calling Miley a whore.

      • kimmeister

        Sinead’s letter was also high in spelling mistakes.

        • sagecreek

          Oh, thank God. I worried that I was the only person bothered by that.

          • kimmeister

            My inner proofreader never sleeps! She also must be mispronouncing the word “ogle,” like most people do.

      • Celandine1

        I read on CNN that the same guy who guided Britney Spears is now handling Miley’s career. If that’s true, girl needs all the good advice she can get because it doesn’t seem to be coming from her friends and family.

        • demidaemon

          If it’s that guy who was “promoting” Melissa Gorga on RHONJ, he has “sleazy douche” written all over him.

    • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

      How many of Miley’s young, impressionable fans are listening to Annie, Cher or Sinead? How many of them even knew who they were?

      • marlie

        And for Miley’s demographic, it’s akin to their *grandmother* ragging on them for what they’re wearing. REALLY not going to make an impact (sorry, Annie, Cher, and Sinead).

      • Sunraya

        My 19 year old daughter does, because I raised her right. :)

        • SewingSiren

          Well right. Then she would most certainly not be influenced by Miley Cyrus and likewise not need a sermon by Lenox, O’Connor , nor Cher, and may in fact be slightly offended that they felt the need to preach one to her.

          • Sunraya

            This is true. She thinks Cyrus is ridiculous, but I think she understands why the older women felt a need to vent. Even is no one is listening!!!

        • thecitysleeps

          Honey, I like Miley and I think I was raised quite well, tyvm.

          • Sunraya

            I said my daughter was raised right because she knew who Cher, Annie Lebowitz and Sinead are. Not that she didn’t like Miley because she was raised right.

            Sheeessshh, talk about manufactured outrage.

    • MK03

      Oh, can we please stop with the “Won’t somebody PLEEEAAAASE think of the children?!?!” nonsense? Miley hasn’t been Hannah Montana for years. Her fans from those years outgrew her long ago, and younger kids are into other things. So can we please stop pretending this is about the kids?

      • formerlyAnon

        Kids or ’20s or ’30s – whether they are children anymore or not, there are a lot of women out there buying into a boat load of filthy swamp water entirely uncritically. I don’t imagine that open letters from artists that many of them don’t know or care about will make any difference, but *I* wish I had a platform from which to speak sometimes and I didn’t personally experience the entertainment machine from the inside.

        I understand and sympathize with the reasons [I imagine] those letters were written. All I can speak to from first hand experience is traditionally male-dominated professions & work environments and sincere attempts at an enlightened take on traditional marriage and family. And there are times I open my mouth knowing full well that the only result will be eye-rolling from people who think feminism was shrill and over-reaching and now is shrill, over-reaching and unnecessary.

      • LJ39

        My daughter is 8 and she loves Hannah Montana. The show is on netflix. There are PLENTY of young girls who are fans.

        • Katesymae

          Still shouldn’t be used as a reason for shaming Miley for her sexualized routines/public image. Can’t say I’m Team Miley 100% for various reasons, but people grow up. This is the nature of time.

          Anyone who expects her to maintain the same public image and be just as squeaky clean at 20 as she was at 13 when she started Hannah Montana is crazy and clearly doesn’t remember what it was like to be 20 years old. I’d be defiant in her shoes, too.

    • DTLAFamilies

      How about an open letter to Terry Richardson, Larry Rudolph and all of the other men who are making bank off of Miley’s body?

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        Likely because it is even more pointless and would fall on completely deaf ears. The only thing that registers there is money, numbers of downloads, and gossip site hits. They don’t give a single, solitary shit about using up and tossing away these female artists. Proof that sex sells, being they barely push their male artists with such intensity and media saturation.

        Larry Rudolph will use up this girl until she drops. And, as we’ve seen with Britney, even after. Or until the next Disney teen product is of legal age to push the boundaries of what society deems as decent public behavior.

        Terry Richardson will publish lewd photos and privately sell those that are even worse. It will take a major person with major accusations and major proof to make him go away. And really, what are the odds there?

        Those in power will never willingly give up that power as long as their are fame hungry wannabes willing to be promoted in such a manner. The sheep just keep flocking to them, why wouldn’t the wolves devour?

        • DTLAFamilies

          Sure, but it chaps my ass when the 20-year-old woman is getting slut shamed and no one is calling out these creepy bastards making bushels of money behind the scenes. And the situation with Britney is outrageous, she’s an adult mother of 2 with zero say in her financial and business affairs.

          • MK03

            Yeah, nobody seemed to have a problem with Robin Thicke grinding on her. Or with the lyrics to his disgusting, reprehensible “song of the summer.”

          • marlie

            Seems that Britney had/has some serious mental health issues going on, and it wasn’t until after that escalated that the whole conservator-ship thing happened.

          • DTLAFamilies

            She’s been under conservatorship for five years with no end in sight. No matter how valid the conservatorship was at the start, she seems to have stabilized with medication. So why hasn’t the conservatorship ended? When does she get control of her life back? Forbes wrote about this back in January, I’d link but my comment would go into moderation.

    • makeityourself

      Sorry, but Cher does not have a leg to stand on. Didn’t she wear a butt-cheek outfit at age 40?? 45?? for her video with the sailors, what was it . . . ? And I distinctly remember the issue of Time magazine that featured her on the cover in a transparent dress. The principal pulled it out of my high school library because it was too salacious. Is Cher just jealous or maybe wiser in her old age?

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        I don’t think there was any question that Cher was being manipulated in any way to wear those outfits. That was a woman in full control of her image and her sexuality.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Amanda Palmer’s message to Sinead was my favourite.

  • Danielle West

    I just want to know why she keeps sticking out her tongue. I don’t care about any of the other stuff.

    • marlie

      It’s her “signature.”

    • Sunraya

      My 19 year old daughter does, because I raised her right. :)

      • Sunraya

        Whoops, wrong place!! Sorry!

      • Fanny_Trollope

        Haha, it’s funny here when you’ve already read it in the right place! You go, Sunraya!

    • Katesymae

      I believe she said that she has her picture taken so often that she started doing it as an alternative to smiling, because smiling for the paparazzi is awkward/feels wrong.

      But she also said she was going to stop doing it and CERTAINLY has not, so take the whole statement with a grain of salt?

      • marlie

        I just think it’s funny that she thinks smiling “feels wrong,” but that the tongue wagging doesn’t. It’s uncomfortable to do that for any length of time (not that I’ve tried, or anything)!

    • Wellworn

      She’s catching flies.

  • shirab

    Thumbnail photo = Bill the Cat

    • mshesterp

      That thumbnail was seriously brilliant. That face! Her face will freeze that way! It is just the most ridiculous face to be making ALL. THE. TIME.

    • JDreesen

      my exact thought upon seeing that face (aside from “Ack!”) was, “oooh, pretty sure Mr. Breathed should be out filing some sort of copyright infringement suit right about now.”

  • histrogeek

    This, like most of the Miley looks, falls in the can’t-yawn-hard-enough category.

    Unlike say Lindsey or Brittany, Miley does appear to just be going for the publicity. She seems to be in control, even if that control more or less what you’d expect from someone in their 20s with more money than taste and finally out from the boot heel of the Mouse’s image makers.

    Seriously why are people making such a fuss over it? I guess it beats having to work for a living. Meanwhile I’d love for her to put her tongue in her mouth and hire some image makers to do loud and sexy but not cheap. She could use some advice on that front.

  • Diesel von Trapp

    *stands, applauds heartily*

  • fastfashion

    Google Image ‘Michael Jordan tongue’
    finally an explaination for those stupid faces…

  • megohd

    Can we also make fun of the emoticon face?

    • TwiddlyStun

      The semicolon, hyphen, letter P emoticon shall henceforth be dubbed the “Mileycon” – to sound like the gas relieving medication. Thanks for that!

  • marlie

    I hate this whole outfit. I’m still (surprisingly) ok with the hair, though. If the hair was the only thing she did to express her rebel nature, I’d be 100% on board. And I’m over her penchant for being partially (or fully) nude in public.

    • histrogeek

      The hair is actually pretty good. It’s a good way for her to break with the Hannah Montana look. A little edgy, a little punk.

    • Erica_Vuitton

      Emma Watson did the same thing after HP finished. Even though you’re paid to do it, I can’t imagine not being able to get a hair cut or always wear extentions because I was contractually obligated to look a certain way.

      • marlie

        Oh yeah – a number of lady (and guy) stars have gotten rid of their “signature” hair after a big role has ended. I LOVED Emma’s pixie cut, and I mike Miley’s punk cut. It works for her.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          It’s just like getting your hair cut after a breakup – I can’t be the only person who has done that!

    • Jessica Freeman

      Remember when she first got her hair cut and TLo posted some of the great outfits she was wearing? Yea, she should have stayed that course….booty shorts and tiny tops are not exciting.

  • MilaXX

    Sinead especially needed to have several seats. First of all because the open letter thing is trite, but also because Sinead is batshit like no other.
    I’m not a Miley fan, but whatever.
    That said, I like those shoes

  • leahpapa

    I have only incompletely theorized interpretations of Miley; she inspires so many conflicting feelings. But she does bring to mind the wedding episode from 30 Rock:

    Criss: Liz, it’s OK to be a human woman.
    Liz: It’s not! It’s the worst! Because of society!

    • Katesymae

      Well played. A Liz Lemon quote will always get an up-vote from me. *Sigh* I miss that show.

  • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

    She’s really setting herself up for a lifetime of thrush.

  • Christy Bishop Cricow

    If she doesn’t put that tongue back in her mouth, her mother should put soap on it. Really. This girl is just repulsive. The attention should end.

    • boweryboy

      Her mother was there, watching the entire performance, with a huge grin on her face.

      • Christy Bishop Cricow

        Well, there ya go. Ick.

      • RebeccaKW

        Yea, remember a few years ago when she photographed nude covered in a sheet for something. Rolling Stones? And her parents approved it? This is no surprise. I also think Daddy Cyrus has come out in defense of her performances. Plus, I think Miley is the current meal ticket for the family. Like Kris Jenner pushing Kim to pose for Playboy way back when.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          Vanity Fair. Her dad was in some of those pictures! But I thought that was such a storm in a teacup, they weren’t really provocative at all.

          • RebeccaKW

            True. They really weren’t that bad IMO, but I could understand a parent getting upset. But I hear a lot of people (not necessarily on this site) bring up her parents. “What does her mother/father think of this?” Etc. I’m just pointing out that her parents are totally fine with this image, as evidenced from past activity.

  • Supernumerary

    I’ve yet to figure out how she manages to not drool all over herself, what with the constant tongue thing.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      Cottonmouth has it’s advantages?

    • SugarSnap108

      Your question inspired me to conduct a small experiment, since I’m working from home today. I stuck my tongue way the hell out, and it did indeed dry up instantly. So it’s different than if, say, you just let your mouth hang open, in which case drool would be an issue. I hope this information is useful to you, and my efforts have not been in vain. ;)

      • marlie

        SCIENCE!

        • formerlyAnon

          XO

      • decormaven

        We nominate you for pop entertainment research’s highest award – the Gadget Hackwrench Award.

  • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

    I’m wondering how she keeps everything tucked into those shorts.

    I’m finished reviewing her or talking about her until she wears something worth contemplating.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    Yes, by now the “former teen star trying to bust out of childhood roles” is a pat formula. She is accomplishing her main goal, which I’m sure is to put as much distance between herself and Hannah Montana. She’ll probably milk this image for a few years then go the next stage of pop star development (if she lasts through more than one incarnation). I just wish that she would find some less tacky clothes to wear in the meantime ( I also wouldn’t mind if she was out of the media spotlight for awhile, but I suppose that’s not going to happen either)

    • marlie

      She has a new album coming out, so we’re not going to be free of her for quite a while; probably not until after the Grammys in February, at the earliest.

      • Jessica Freeman

        In which she will announce she is working on her next album and the cycle will never end…

  • Shawna Tucker

    I love you guys SO much. As usual, your commentary is spot on.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    She nailed this performance on Today only two days after killing it on SNL. I’m her biggest defender here but even I will agree the shorts are a touch too short for the event but I love the top especially the chain. Some really fun music on the new album and pretty much everything is for Liam which… I fan girl squeee even though I shouldn’t.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      Honestly, it’s her having that singing ability that makes her decision to be as ratchet has humanly possible, irritate me the way it does. She is more than welcome to promote herself anyway she wants. She can do the routine that most every pop star before her has done, that’s fine. It’s just….disappointing. And tired. And played out. She’s a figure head for a new generation, she already had legions of fans, she *could have* been truly bold by shoving her voice and musical talents (metaphorically) down our throats, instead of her pat “shocking” behavior. I’d rather respect her talents than be so bored and over her that I don’t even want to bother to listen when she does stop the bullshit and just sing.

      • Erica_Vuitton

        There are a few tracks on the new album that really showcase her vocals one almost Adele-esq. Plus her acoustic performance on SNL of We can’t Stop was crazy good. And she wore a white mesh track suit and Nike shower slides while belting it out. I think that she can show both sides equally when she chooses.

        • marlie

          Not to be argumentative, but I agree with Annabelle… if she did the track suits more often, and the mesh and pasties less often, I don’t think people would have any sort of problem with her transformation/evolution. I get that’s she’s talented (though just not my style), but her talent is overshadowed by her antics. Some people think that ANY attention is good attention, but I’d much rather see her display her talent, rather than everything else. What I *don’t* buy into is the slut-shaming that others have aimed at her. I support her right to wear whatever she wants, though I may not like it. I also have the right to think she looks ridiculous. ;)

          • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

            Right? It’s complicated.

            I support her RIGHT to look a fool. I WISH she chose a less exploitative way to promote herself. It’s a shame that in 2013 that is still the primary and most successful way for a young woman to get the immediate recognition she wants.

          • formerlyAnon

            You sum my feelings up PERFECTLY.

  • Ros

    Did Sandro make those shorts for her?

    Also, please stop sticking your tongue out, Miley. It makes you look like a three year old.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    that actually would look mildly cute with a pencil skirt . . .

  • Catiline

    Hair is looking a little Trump-tastic.

  • E2_Remote

    Ass hanging out? Check.
    Bizarre jewelry? Check.
    Ridiculous top? Check.
    Somewhat acceptable footwear? Check.
    And it’s all in white you say?
    Yep, sounds like we’ve got a case of Sartorialus Cyrus Typicus. Hopefully it’s not contagious

  • GorgeousThings

    I actually kinda liked her performance on SNL this week, especially the opening skit of Old Miley/New Miley. But yes, she’s not powerful, she’s just a 20 year old Disney product who’s rebranding herself.

    I agree with you completely. It’s much more enjoyable to make fun of her clothes. Let’s do that instead!

  • MoHub

    Next time that tongue comes out, I want to have a pair of butcher shears handy.

  • Highland Fashionista

    I couldn’t agree more. Why so much attention!? I love that CHER of all people has criticised. She of the thong-backed negligee straddling-the-cannon on a naval ship. F***k’s sake people. Miley is an attention-starved performer. That is ALL. She has bad taste, but let’s not assign her more power than is necessary by pointing to her as The Downfall Of Western Civilization and All of Modern Feminism As We Know It. Want to know what to tell your daughter when she watches a Miley concert? Tell her that this is a performance, and that this particular performer has extremely bad taste in clothes. End of.

    • marlie

      Seriously, CHER? Next, Madonna is going to come out and tell her to tone it down.

    • SylviaFowler

      Cher has always had more talent in her pinky than this little girl has in her entire repertoire. If you think all Cher ever was a “thong-backed negligee straddling-the-cannon on a naval ship”, then you need to dip back in music history a lot more deeply than you have.

      That’s why Cher gets to criticize.

      • DTLAFamilies

        Whether Cher has more talent is irrelevant. That performance on the
        ship is exactly in the same wheelhouse as what Miley’s doing. And Cher
        got a crazy amount of attention for that video and it’s still one of her
        best known songs. It’s completely hypocritical for her to call out Miley.

        • marlie

          Plus, she was THE first (?) ladystar to show up at events in barely-there clothing.

      • Highland Fashionista

        Sylvia, I disagree. If the argument that the likes of Cher and Annie Lennox are making is one of the overall message Miley is sending about the hyper-sexualisation of women, which I believe it is, then I think yes, Cher is being a little hypocritical. In the video I was referring to, she is in fact straddling a canon in a negligee. That is not a commentary on her talent, that is in fact what happens in the video. Is that really so different than straddling a foam finger on stage at the VMAs? ( Other than size, and as they say, that supposedly doesn’t matter). If you reread my post, you’ll see that I didn’t say anything about the level of talent of either of these performers. It’s not up to me to decide who is more talented. We all like what we like. That is neither an endorsement nor a condemnation. Talent is subjective and industry-dependent, and unfortunately not a necessity too be successful in the industry. As for dipping back onto music history, do you mean the music history of Cher, or are you referring to the origins of music with monks transcribing Gregorian chant? Again, it’s subjective isn’t it?

        • demidaemon

          From what I’ve heard, Cher’s overwhelming comment is “She’s talented. I wouldn’t have done it the way she did.” Which is fine, I think. I don’t Twitter or anything like that, so I don’t know how it has devolved from there.

          All in all, I just want to watch her sing without having to see her tongue or hear stupid coming out of her mouth, allowing me to appreciate her music. I know that’s a lot to ask of a 20 year old, but that’s how I feel. I actually don’t care that much if she wears dumb clothes–more fodder for the BKs and TLo–but I do not want to see her “dance” anymore unless she’s going to actually going to learn how to properly dance.

          • Highland Fashionista

            I totally agree. We’ve seen all that other stuff before. Just sing the tune. Exactly.

  • Little_Olive

    “not so much “LEAVE MILEY ALONE!” as it is “Stop making her seem more important than she is. Also: Let’s all make fun of her clothes!”
    AMEN, sistah-unkles. Amen.

    Those shorts are so ugly I’m cracking up (lame pun unintended).

  • kat89

    I predict the girl will be in a centerfold within a year or two.
    I do agree that older women in the industry need to back off, but saying that Miley knows exactly what she is doing might be giving her too much credit. Yeah, right now, she knows what she is doing, but I don’t think she is looking at the long term plan for her career and how all of this will affect her in 20 years. Not everyone can be Madonna, Cher or Lady Gaga, although many have tried (Ke$ha, Nikki Minaj…). I also agree that she is getting way more attention than she deserves, and as long as she’s getting attention, she will keep doing what she’s doing. It just seems a bit desperate to me.

    • marlie

      Not to defend Miley, but the Uncles have a point. She’s not new on the scene. Even if SHE doesn’t really know what’s going on (which I’m not sure about anyway), she has been surrounded by plenty of people – for YEARS at this point – who DO know what’s going on, and who know what the implications are.

  • Judy_J

    The gynoshorts, the butt cheek, the lizard tongue…..I can’t take any more.

  • Kelly

    For someone that close to naked, she looks pretty uncomfortable. Wedgie, anyone? And isn’t it getting a little chilly in NYC in the early mornings?

    I fully agree about the “not all that important” aspect of the Miley Show — at least in terms of what she, personally, is doing related to career, image, etc. But in a larger sense, she’s (unwittingly) tapped into some interesting racial and gender issues; I’ve seen some very thoughtful, intelligent on-line commentary about it.

    But a “genius”? Spare me. So yeah — let’s just make fun of her clothes.

  • janierainie

    Maybe Kiernan Shipka should write her a letter. Maybe she would listen to someone younger and hipper than her.

    • RebeccaKW

      Well, IMO she’s not going to listen to anyone. We’ve seen her quotes in mags on here, about how she’s leagues ahead of other singers and in fashion. So to her, anyone who criticizes her doesn’t get ‘it’ and she doesn’t need to listen to them b/c they aren’t on her level of…whatever.

      • demidaemon

        It’s the dumb that irks, but, just as I told my mother a few minutes ago, it is to be expected of a 20 year old. It doesn’t stop it being irritating, but that’s the reason it exists.

  • boweryboy

    I can’t believe she’s rocking Creepers. I couldn’t tell you how many pairs of them I had back in the 80s.

    Also, couldn’t agree with you guys more. I think her recent shenanigans with Terry Richardson are skanky (and to be expected considering), but she (or her publicist or both) knows exactly what she’s doing.

    People are still talking about her, and as much as I don’t care for her, I have to give her props for that.

    • marlie

      The Richardson shoot was the first time in this whole publicity tour where I felt like Miley was being exploited. But that’s because I think that TR is a disgusting pervert, and has a little less to do with Miley herself.

  • SugarSnap108

    Her tongue appears quite healthy and free of filmy buildup.

  • simple me

    Thank you. Perfect.

  • Paigealicious

    Coochie cutters aren’t a good look on anyone.

  • TLJezebel

    Can’t we just ignore her?

    • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

      How you holding out on that front?

      • formerlyAnon

        Heh. The more times I come back to this post and comment yet AGAIN, the funnier this response gets.

  • NinjaCate

    “Like it or not, she’s old enough and has enough experience that she deserves not to have people automatically assume she doesn’t know what she’s doing. On the contrary; we think she knows EXACTLY what she’s doing.”

    THIS THIS THIS! Also, by assuming she’s being used, you allow her to avoid blame for all the bullshit racial minstrelsy she’s been putting on display. That’s on her, and it’s not cool to try to pass the buck. She’s an adult and she is responsible for her own actions.

    That said I think she looks moderately cute here. The hair is growing out weird, but that happens, and the shorts are a smidge too short, but she’s young and hot. I’d do it too if I could pull it off.

    • tereliz

      This exactly. While it wouldn’t hurt the kid to be a little more gracious to those who are trying to give her advice (as opposed to being a complete c^nt on twitter), she’s technically an adult and is responsible for her actions. It wouldn’t hurt her to have some people around her playing devil’s advocate, though.

  • In_Stitches

    It’s too bad she can’t let the merit of her singing stand on it’s own, but in a world where K$sha drinking her own pee gets her a tv show, I can see her rationale. I’ll stick with Florence Welch, Adele and Janaelle Monae.

  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

    She’s all tacky drag and no wit to back it up. Serena ChaCha if ChaCha were Justin Bieber.
    Also, it’s only a matter of time before Bieber and Cyrus are cast as twins in something, huh?

    • demidaemon

      Oh man, that is an apropos comparison. I feel like we are all the other drag queens in the II Lounge yelling at her and getting nothing substantial in return.

      • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

        Pretty much. “YOU’RE ALL OLD AND BORING.”

  • SewingSiren

    Stil Hannah Montana, only the act has changed to suit a slightly older audience.

  • cluecat

    I just want to say young Sinead O’Connor? Holy shit did she look like Audrey Hepbern, or a much prettier Natalie Portman. Jaw dropped fucking gorgeous.

    Miley Cyrus is interesting the way that whatever attention grabbing news headline is interesting, like a severe weather event. I wonder if she has been molested at some point. I am sad but not surprised that her wholesome disney persona was entirely contrived, and though people are saying adult somewhat icky Miley is yet another commercially created venture, I have a feeling that this is more true to her self which is sad.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I wish somebody would spit on her tongue or some bird would crap on it so she stops doing that.

  • nannypoo

    I keep hearing that all this stupid behavior is designed to demonstrate that she is no longer Hannah Montana. I personally have managed to get over that hump, grieve the tragic loss and get on with my life. She’s just not that important.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Monistat should consider making her a spokesperson…

    • Jessica Freeman

      That is exactly what I’ve been thinking.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Listen, I have no qualms with the butt cheeks. I had an ass like that when I was 20, too – she should enjoy it while she’s got it. My issue? THE FUCKING TONGUE AGAIN! Stop stop STOP! I can’t take that anymore, she really needs to knock that off.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      She’s got killa brows, but does anyone notice? No. We can’t. Because we are looking away from the tongue.

      • marlie

        She’s really, really, pretty, and that’s been completely overshadowed…

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          The three of us sound like those “well-meaning, but self-esteem damaging” aunts who say shit like, “You’d be such a PRETTY girl if you’d lose five pounds!” You’d be LOVELY if you’d put your fucking tongue back in your mouth for a whole five minutes!

          • marlie

            I think this is a different case!

          • demidaemon

            Yes. THIS. Everyone has a tongue and they all look the same. Nobody needs to see that shit.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Do you think she’d pay attention if one of the elders just focused on how stupid the tongue thing is?

  • Fannie Wolston

    shorts like a diaper cover, top like a nappy, her snappy salute speaks to blow up dolls only

  • mightbewrong

    Pop stars try to get all kinds of reactions from people, but I don’t think even the most outrageous wants that reaction to be ‘involuntary laughter.’ Because that’s what I do every time I see her tongue lolling out of her face.

  • bertkeeter

    Was watching her interview w Matt Lauer this AM…. Noticed how she constantly twitches her feet while seated….Not a good sign…if you know what I mean!

    • martha

      I saw a bit of it and noticed the same thing. Given her obvious lack of good judgment it isn’t a good sign.

  • lbl

    I like her top. And by that I mean she should give it to me because I could wear it better.

  • ana170

    I wouldn’t go so far as to say she knows exactly what she’s doing. I’d say she thinks she knows exactly what she’s doing. I didn’t buy Sinead’s assumption that Miley’s being controlled by someone else. Miley’s doing this herself because she thinks that’s what people want from their pop stars. Apparently, judging from the near constant coverage she’s getting, it’s working… for now.

    As for the shorts, I caught a glimpse and then scrolled down to the comments as fast as possible. I have no comment on them. I’m just going to pretend I didn’t see what I saw.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Not shocked, just mildly appalled at this point. I do wished the Cher, Annie and possibly Sineads would have chosen to have a private conversation with her instead of broadcasting their opinions for the world to see. But Miley’s tweet referring to “Sinead as the original Amanda Bynes” was as tasteless as it could get.

    • Jumpingjacks

      they only broadcast it to ride the attention wave.. they might actually be interested in her.. or not, but they do want to get the attention of looking like a helpful hand to the whole world.

      • Jessica Freeman

        Right? it was funny to me for them to get down on her about “the machine”, but they were participating in said machine as well.

        • decormaven

          Which is why I really am trying to abstain from posting comments about her; I realize I am posting in this thread, mea culpa. The folks who run analytics see this uptick around “[name of personality]” and call it “popularity” or marketability. I don’t want to add one more coin in that bank.

  • Jumpingjacks

    I thought she promised to stop sticking out her tongue all the time somewhere to someone.. find another signature pose please, you look better smiling.

  • shines71

    She is a very business savvy girl. No one was thinking about Miley Cyrus before the VMA awards and now they can’t stop talking about her. I actually think her singing has improved in the past few years. But the clothes are just tacky. She can do so much better to show off her little figure.

  • stubbornthoughts

    CAMELTOE. No way she doesn’t have one right now. You can just sense the yeast infection in the air.

    My abhorrence to high-waisted shorts continues. Why is there more material above her ladies bits than below it? C’MON GIRLS.

  • SylviaFowler

    I wish you all would stop giving her attention.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

    My whole belief about Miley is that she’s a millionaire, smokes pot and Dolly Parton is her godmother – why wouldn’t I want to be her biffle? And now, I can add those shoes to this list!

    • formerlyAnon

      Points in her favor, though at this point I’m afraid she’d be that friend who’s too much work. I think this persona is almost entirely consciously contrived, and while I dislike it I imagine that I understand the reasons for it – but I am sadly past the point in my life where I follow around exhausting people waiting for them to get tired of acting out and return to a more mature (or at least more experienced) version of the person I know is underneath the current drama.

      In other words, I’ve had my late teens and 20s, not up for going back.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

        You are very wise.

        • formerlyAnon

          One of the several reasons the Cher, et al. letters don’t bug me is I am quite familiar with the “do what I say, not what I’ve done” position. ;-)

          • DTLAFamilies

            But they bother me because God, I would never waggle a finger at a young woman after the way I behaved in my 20s. The hypocrisy would probably cause me to have a stroke on the spot.

          • formerlyAnon

            Well, I can see that. But I guess I’m more self indulgent with where I draw the line between hypocrisy and the well-meant-if-futile desire to save others from the price paid for my own mistakes and/or the desire to try to help shape a better world.

            Which means I’m more annoying than you are, probably.

          • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

            THIS.

            Is it pot calling kettle black? Absofuckinglutely.

            But it is also a been there, done that, nearly killed me, hope to save you some heartache, wisdom from the other side of the trenches.

    • Erika Schultze

      I’d rather be Annie’s biffle, personally. I was 12 when Annie broke out onto the world in a full suit and bright orange buzz-cut. She fascinated me more than even Pat Benetar and her black and white stripes and tighter than all get out leather pants!

      As for Miley, unfortunately, the tongue is making me turn away from the rest of it. Does she have a voice? I don’t know! Everything else going on makes me not care. (Seriously, the high waisted short-short shorts… I can’t. I can’t!)

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

        We have talked about our future fabulous purse heist at Annie’s. I’ll also confess that I when I was six, I used to slick my hair back in the bathroom of the trailer I grew up in, put on some bright lipstick, and sing “Sweet Dreams” over and over in the dark as if to invoke her.

        For Miley, she is breaking further a taboo that Annie once broke – what is feminine, what is sexy, and who is the puppet master behind it (from what I understand, she is). I’m excited to see the pop tart dictating her own path to sexual exploitation.

        I will say…I can’t look at her in those shorts without thinking about what she does when she’s on her period. She wears white all the time and those shorts are too short for tampons (unless not all those frayed edges are frayed edges…)

        • formerlyAnon

          You had fabulous taste for a 6 year old!

        • marlie

          I remember Annie way back in the day. LOVED her (still do). I think I need to take a trip to the iTunes store…

  • Joan Golann

    Maybe we should stop talking about her all together. Her fashion choices are largely hideous and her personal choices are equally hideous. If a pop star falls flat and no one reports on it does she/he make a sound?

  • YoungSally

    It’s not so much the butt cheek, but the left labia majora (albeit lace covered) that I find unfortunate.

    • Judy_J

      Ewwwwww. You’re right.

    • formerlyAnon

      Was wondering if anyone else thought they saw that.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    in some shots she looks like a him, not a her…(yawn). I just wonder whats left to ‘shock’ with? (the nip dress we have seen), so public on air/live piercings? braided pubic hair showing? hairy pits?(I don’t see her going the deragatory term route (using inapropriate (sp) slurs…maybe she has and I blinked and missed it)…

    I do give her credit for calling Matt Lauer non-sexual tho (gad, that hair line has aged him…surprised he is not wearing a wig….that odd moment when you see a ‘star’ and realize you have gotten older too)

  • jw_ny

    She’s incredibly annoying…but I’m not her target audience, so whateva… she’s certainly got the media attention, which is what she is after.

    Her wardrobe is tacky and that tongue thing has got to stop.

  • formerlyAnon

    If Joey Heatherton . . . was raised in the Southern working class and grew up buying 50 Cent records at Walmart?

    I’m not getting it dead on, but that’s as close as I can come.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Joey Heatherton. That’s pretty damn good.

      • formerlyAnon

        At an impressionable age I thought Joey Heatherton was the prettiest woman I’d ever seen. I LOVED her hairstyles.

        • BrooklynBomber

          She seemed pretty daring. As for this, shit, I’m not sure how much more I can take. These pictures nearly did me in. Between Congress and Cyrus I don’t know what the world is coming to.

          • formerlyAnon

            Not coming but going – to hell in a handbasket, as my mom used to say, 40 years ago . . . (and yet, we’re still here.)

  • tixilyttik

    So true. It’s been done before. Many times.
    It’s just never looked this stupid before.

  • Ashley Alvarez

    I just wish we’d reach the portion of her pophood where she goes polished and chic already…

    Also I am SO OVER tiny shredded butt cheek jorts

  • bxbourgie

    TLO, y’all have summed up perfectly what I’ve been saying about this girl since the VMAs. There’s NOTHING new about what she’s doing, Madonna did it, Cher did it, Britney did it. They grew up in the public eye and once they became “of age” it became “LOOK AT ME, I’M A GOOD GIRL GONE BAD!!! Did I mention LOOK AT MEEEE?” There’s nothing new in what Miley is doing. Nothing at all. Her only crime as far as I’m concerned, is thinking she’s doing something no one else has done before.

  • Aurumgirl

    Boring. That’s all I feel is appropriate, as a comment.

  • thecitysleeps

    I like the upper half and her hair and her shoes a lot. I would have loved a more tailored high waisted short in a solid colour or a print but she’s not into tailored at the moment. Anyways, I think she looks cute and I like her song and people need to stop giving her so much attention, and Sinead is embarrassing. She’s up to four letters. No one believes you want anything except some free publicity.

  • kittenwithaquip

    I think “The shoes are cute” in this instance actually means, “At least she’s not wearing stripper shoes.” Somehow, to me anyway, that makes her look a little less horrible. She’s still making some questionable decisions, but at least she’s not romping around in 5″ acrylic platforms. Perspective, phew.

  • kimmeister

    She probably thinks she’s breaking new ground doing the high-low thing by slapping that huge Celine necklace on.

  • surfergirl70

    She looks like she’s wearing a diaper. And I swear to God, if I have to look at another picture of her sticking her fucking tongue out, my head is going to explode.

  • Imasewsure

    Love love those shoes. The rest is luckily a passing phase (with weird ugly proportions Ya’ll!!)

  • Imasewsure

    I still don’t get why Miley is supposed to be such a big deal or why she’s meriting all of this advice from the Wise Old Crones of Rock (and from the media, etc)… luckily I don’t have to know or care since she ain’t my genre (and I don’t have daughters!). Glad the paparazzi didn’t follow me when I was 20 (yipes!)

    • sagecreek

      Exactly. That’s my counter to anyone who says that MC knows exactly what she is doing. No one that age knows exactly what they’re doing. They think they do, certainly, but they don’t.

  • Glam Dixie

    But when Miley puts on Fashion, it’s on a whole ‘nother level that no one else can understand or compete with. Lets all try to remember that. /sarcasm/

  • AC Simons

    She may as well enjoy that ass while she can – it won’t last long.

  • formerlyAnon

    To come back to the clothes: I don’t think there’s a lot wrong with this. The shorts are IMO, unattractive and too short, but if she were wearing fishnets underneath them she’d be as covered as 80+% of young pop singers are on stage. I actively like the top. And I like that her boobs aren’t falling out of it, or held in ony by illusion netting.

    I actively like that this is an ensemble she can dance in with far less fear of falling out or falling down than most. If it weren’t for the tongue, I’d be ok. with this.

  • Dreamwr8tr

    Sexy designer diaper. She is rather young, so it makes sense along with that tongue lolling.

    We should be paying more attention to Janelle Monae. Similarly pint sized, but she has much better music and a better sense of fashion any day of the week.

    • formerlyAnon

      Janelle Monae! Swoon.

    • J. Preposterice

      but it’s so much harder to scold Janelle Monae for her clothing. we gotta get our scolds in or else we shrivel up and die. right?

      • marlie

        There was a TLo post some time ago about how Monae was kind of going back to the same well over and over and over again, but honestly, I’ll take that “well” every single day over the things that other pop stars wear.

  • acevedob

    I’m sick of her and am starting to hate her. She’s such a tool.

  • Tess Danesi

    I just can’t with the tongue thing. Is that face, especially when she has such a pretty one when she’s not looking like a fool, really what she wants to be known for? Maybe we can just beg the media to stop posting those pics (as if) and then she’ll put her tongue back where we don’t have to feel assaulted by it. :-)

  • judybrowni

    Apparently, that tongue thing is a thing, since I saw it in a SNL parody video that may not be specifically about Miley.

    I guess it’s what the kids are doing these days.

    I even get it that Miley is rebelling against her Disneyfied younger self, in an attention seeking way.

    As is the route of pop stars — and adolescents — for like forever.

    But, yes, nobody needs to see that much of your butt that early in the morning, Miley.

  • RoseJB

    The worst part of the shorts is that it looks like she’s wearing (and revealing) lace underpants.

  • Ann VerWiebe

    At least she’s wearing underwear….

  • ShaoLinKitten

    She is totally channeling Bill the Cat in that last picture. Ack. Ptthhhhthhh.

  • River

    Those shorts are awful in every regard. And I think we’re all paying her FAR too much attention; as our uncles suggest, she’s nothing new OR interesting.

  • SignLadyB

    What’s saddest to me is that in pictures 2 and 3 she looks like a sweet 20 year old girl period!!! Don’t have an feelings about Hanna Montana, Billy Ray Cyrus, or any of her earlier music but the parading, tongue, winks, costumes (or not) are just soooo sad. She could so easily simply build on the sweet simple persona that comes out in those two wistful pictures.

  • http://twitter.com/kendallbrunson SassyMcFrench

    Tacky. Tacky. Tacky. I want someone to come along and shove that tongue back into her mouth. She’s just gross and dirty looking. She’s not clever. She’s not even bringing up topical commentary. Go home. Shower. Get your shit together. Try again, honey.

  • shorty j

    I will say this about her: As someone who absolutely loathes heels, I really appreciate her recent affinity for creepers and similar type shoes that are cute as hell and also not destroying one’s knees. But I’m a sucker for the whole “menswear rudeboy/punk” thing since that is essentially my personal style in a nutshell, so I’m biased.

  • vahtel

    Do you think the tongue thing will become her trademark, a la Carol Burnett tugging on her ear at the end of each show? I hope not …

  • Matthew Davie

    I’ll say it – she ain’t got enough junk in the trunk to pull this look off. Flat heiney is sad-lookin’.

    I echo pretty much everyone on here – no problem with expressing your rebellion and shockvalue. There are more flattering ways to do it.

  • MaggieMae

    So, I guess the “I don’t care what anyone thinks” act still sells. It’s so boring and done.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Why is she goose stepping (7th picture)?

  • Joanne Abrams

    so sick of seeing her tongue posted throughout the internet.

  • SportifLateBoomer

    I do love the jewelry. I’ve been looking for a not too tacky knockoff of the chunky chain necklace, and the bent nail bracelet is hawt.

  • Samuel Joesph Donovan

    I actually think her blouse, and the way she’s wear the chunky chain necklace over the completely buttoned up collar is kind of chic. The shorts–from a proportion perspective–really work, but cutting them like that in the back (out of a white fabric, no less) makes them look like a diaper.

    On a Miley note, I’m kind of digging the whole “Robyn meets Ke$ha” vibe she’s currently rocking, but I am SERIOUSLY sick of seeing her tongue.

  • Not applicable

    I like how you call them ‘custom shorts’ that’s VERY generous…

  • Not applicable

    I agree with your assessment TLo- she knows EXACTLY what she is doing- this trick is straight from the tartlet playbook. It’s just sad and shocking and frankly offensive to hear people defend this behavior or define it as liberating or genius.

  • CeeQ

    She knows what she’s doing and that’s the sad part – that she thinks it’s totally fine to exploit her own self and worse, that it’s effective somehow. I guess if the point is to get people to talk about her – then absolutely mission accomplished. But not much else. Yeah Madonna did it too but somehow, this turn around, it’s all a bit TOO over the top. Maybe I’m just getting old.

    Yeah, fugly shorts. Also too.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    “Stop making her seem more important than she is. Also: Let’s all make fun of her clothes!” Yes, that is so much more sensible than much of what I’ve read over the past week about Ms. Cyrus. Nothing unusual going on with a child pop star who’s been trying really, really hard to change her image.
    Objectively, I think she really could be cute if she would take a step back and be willing to listen to a couple of good gays who could steer to making more interesting, fashion forward choices.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    So dirty attention-whore Peter Pan wannabe is what all the girls want to look like now?

  • Trickytrisha

    Geez, 253 comments at the time I’m writing this. She’s not worthy of so much as a mention on this website, much less this amount of attention.

  • Corsetmaker

    Tiresome, childish posturing. Did she not draw the response from Sinead though by saying her video was influenced by her. If I was Sinead O’Connor I’d have a response to that too!

  • Sabin

    I *finally* figured it out: That’s the Calvin face, when his mom sets living space goo in front of him at the dinner table. My 11-y-o son does it too, but he’s usually trying to be funny.

  • Synnae

    I actually really like the blouse – necklace combo. And while I still hate platform brogues all together, I can at least appreciate that these are a metallic.
    The little that is in between the combo and the brogues… oh well. It’s Miley,

  • ashtangajunkie

    Her antics are boring, but her legs are amazing!

  • ChelseaNH

    I am just not getting her fascination with her tongue.

    • ChristinaRi

      You aren’t supposed to get it. Neither am I.

  • ChristinaRi

    When I was 19 nobody could tell me anything. At. All.

    Maybe she’ll bottom out, but maybe she’ll be regarded as some über talented reinventer of herself as is Madonna today. Many people sort of dismissed her as a superficial attention seeker with only a modicum of talent when she started out.

  • ChristinaRi

    I do kind of wish Tom and Lorenzo wouldn’t regard her as someone who deserves attention for her fashion.

    • DeTrop

      I would go further and not give her any attention at all. I believe in live and let live but I just don’t want to turn a page and see pictures of someone’s tongue. Ugh! Ugh! Ugh!

    • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

      We do kind of wish people wouldn’t click on posts they don’t want to read and then complain that they exist.

      • ChristinaRi

        Sorry if you thought I complaining. I also wish that people who host a website that encourages viewer comments could be open to a modest expression of dismay and disagreement. People don’t always agree, and if disagreement is expressed politely, I don’t take umbrage. If comments of disagreement are taken amiss and cause hurt or anger, I will refrain from them.

        • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

          That’s the thing. This isn’t disagreement. It’s a complaint that we are providing content that you don’t wish to read. The answer to that is simple: don’t read it. Your clicking on this topic ensures that we will continue to feature it. That’s how the internet works.

          You’re not disagreeing with anything we wrote. You’re expressing a wish that we never wrote it at all.

          • ChristinaRi

            I understand that you are frustrated and angry with me. I’m not quite certain why, but as I said, I will refrain from voicing disagreement and will not click items.

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

            I have no idea why you think we’re frustrated and angry with you, unless it’s some sort of passive-aggressive attempt to make our very reasonable comments to you sound unreasonable. We also don’t understand why you insist on categorizing your complaint as disagreement when you have not so far written one word in opposition to anything we wrote in the above post, which is how disagreement works. You have only complained that we posted it at all and then noted that we had the temerity to respond to your complaint.

  • Magatha

    The shorts need a bronze peplum hemmed on to them. Voila-di-dah.

    I don’t have kids, but I tell ya, I am all kinds of sympathetic to all of you who are trying to grow good healthy teenagers these days. It can’t be easy.

  • demidaemon

    I saw these on Chelsea Lately last night and my first thoughts went to “diaper.” Now that I have time to completely mull it over, my opinion has not changed and now I think “How apropos.”

    On the women who have written to her: Cher started out fine but perhaps got too caught up in the hype (it’s not really her fault that she got asked about Miley and then gave her opinion–anything after that may have been feeding the beast), Sinead I could give two craps about and needs to get off her high horse, and Annie Lennox is news to me and should know better after what happened to the first two.

  • Imasewsure

    At the tail end of the 70′s I proudly pranced around in itty bitty Dolphin Shorts and a Cheap Trick tank top that was barely there… Daisy Dukes were EVERYWHERE… and we grew up and out of it. If she’d just get off of my screen, I’d be fine with it. Just a variation on a theme (a cheap cheap “Cheap Trick” theme) :)

  • Sadie-Ann

    I don’t understand why you’d want shorts so short they look like a diaper.

  • DessertWratt

    In future, in the rare instance that I refer to her, it will be as Meh-ly Cyrus.
    (280+ comments?? Seriously?)

  • DeTrop

    Please, please, please – No Mas.

  • Sven Gillingham

    Let her do what she wants to do.

  • alyce1213

    Nothing anyone says or thinks will make a difference to this twit, but if the statements made by the elders draw attention to what Lennox called “the tidal wave of sexualised imagery” of women that is the norm in popular music today, I’m SO on board.

  • D. Marsh

    Agree that the shorts don’t do much for her or for us. Also, agree with the post about how predictable her “transformation” is given the moment she’s in. Hopefully it will work to scrape off the treacly remnants of her Hannah Montana years without totally turning her into a joke. If Madonna could survive and thrive after the ridiculous Like a Virgin appearance where she rolled around onstage in a wedding dress and veil, then there’s hope that Miley will find her way, too.

  • kikisayshi

    Nice diaper

  • GTrain

    If we ignore it, will it go away?

    • Jenny_Lou_Who

      Well, you’d have to actually try ignoring her. Considering the number of comments here, that doesn’t seem like it’ll happen anytime soon, lol.

  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    Honestly, I’d just wish she’d STOP IT with that tongue.

  • kim bunchalastnames

    so … here’s the thing. i’ve been chided by the media because i apparently “cat’t accept that miley’s a sexual being,” and that’s not it at all. i’m GLAD she’s a sexual being. that places her squarely in the middle of most of humanity. the thing is … I’M not one of the people who wants to have sex with her, and i feel like i get no say in this. on the one hand, it a guy i worked with behaved this way around me, i could sue him. but i have no recourse with miley. “don’t watch her,” you say. “do look at her.” how can i help it? i didn’t watch the MVAs, but i saw that shit about a hundred times, each time racing to close the page before … ugh. it’s HARRASSMENT. and miley is the perp.

  • oklund

    Seems counter-productive to be critiquing an outfit that’s *supposed* to be ugly (unless there’s something about her new image here I misunderstand?) Also, Miley may have been in the biz for over ten years, but I thought Sinead O’Connor’s letter was not uncalled for. At age 20-something, you do a lot of things you may later regret, and you are easily influenced – fact. There are industry sharks all around, wanting to squeeze her dry – fact. I bet a lot of washed-up celebrities right now are wishing they had gotten the right advice from the right people back when.

    • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

      “Seems counter-productive to be critiquing an outfit that’s *supposed* to be ugly”

      Only if you think there’s some goal involved in critiquing it outside of entertainment.

      • oklund

        I was mostly referring to your argument that we should all stop focusing on her new, shocking (not) persona, and turn our attentions to her clothes. The two are kind of inseparable.

        On a different note entirely: Tom and Lorenzo replied to my comment! *squee*

        • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

          Well, we’re just saying to keep it on the superficial with her and not really put too much meaning into it.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            Hee! You know, on the *opposite* train of thought, it’s sort of like criticizing Led Zeppelin for wearing ugly hippie clothes back in the day. “Jesus, Jimmy, we know you’re a musical genius and you’re up there playing your guitar with a violin bow, but do you have to wear those weird flowered bell bottoms?”

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

            It’s really not, though. Led Zepellin was never featured on the cover of fashion magazines or regularly lent designer clothing to wear. Nor were they ever as image-conscious and pre-packaged as Miley is. She dresses to get attention.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            I know, LOL! I was totally kidding by making an extreme comparison. Plus I’ve been awake since 3 AM (raising a new kitten – everybody say “Mazel Tov!”), and haven’t had nearly enough coffee. So I get ya, TLo – I was just being a smart ass! ;-)

            (Plus, I worship Led Zep – I would never compare them musically to Miley!)

          • Gatto Nero

            Loved the way Robert Plant would rock a girl blouse, unbuttoned to the navel, back in the day.

          • alyce1213

            Mazel Tov!

          • oklund

            Gotcha :)

  • Andsheewas

    13-year-old me is dying for those shoes…preferably in green…

  • http://fingertipaudio.net CLCDAN

    Fantastic ass, Miley, keep it up!

  • CT14

    Miley’s tongue/wink is so fetch!

    I do like her shoes.

  • Andrea Lentz

    she looks exhausted

  • DinahR

    Those shorts remind me of diaper covers with ruffles on the bottom, not sure how that translates into a ‘i’m not a kid anymore’ … actually I wonder if that’s the point. I think the reason I get icked out by Miley and not say, Rihanna, is that I get the impression Miley isn’t really all about ‘shedding her child star’ status. I think she’s trying to drag her ‘child star’ personna into adult hood with her and sexualize that. Which I find creepy. If she really wanted to move beyond her child star days, she’d stop reminding us.

  • Shawn EH

    Love the shoes and the necklace, and if she were really playing with/exploiting the role of hot young women in hip-hop, she’d could do so much more with that sort of blinged-out bondage, really taking the necklace as an inspiration for a total look (as Madonna would have done). Maybe Miley needs to pick a designer who gets her. Will always love ourple creepers!

  • Gatto Nero

    Top, necklace and shoes are cute. Enough with the tongue; put it away already.
    I agree that she knows precisely what she’s doing — and will posit that she will look back on all of it a little ruefully in a decade or two. From atop her piles of cash.

  • Laylalola

    It’s all so forced, which makes the whole thing really … pathetic? And it’s too bad because she already was a star if not exactly a Rock Star. But now, it’s like she’s just a poorly dressed wannabe joke.

  • Daktari100

    Her tongue is giving me nightmares. We might as well just talk about the times when it is NOT licking something. That would be easier.

  • Elizabeth Matly

    “Well Sinead O’Rebellion, shock me shock me shock me with that deviant behavior!”

  • guest2visits

    This is a days-old discussion, but I’m just catching up on everything this busy week.
    So if I may add, I think it’s MIley’s or anyone’s right to wear whatever she wants. No one can MAKE her do anything she doesn’t already want to do. If she wants to put out a sexualized performance or a sex-based persona that’s her call. She just has to realize, when peddling her wares; people (the consumer) will and do decide what they like or don’t like; or what they accept as an authentic ability, or see as laughable hype instead.
    I do wish she’d stop making it sound as though what she wears, how much fun molly is, or perhaps mindless partying is somehow an important cause to rise up and rally around. I am strongly repulsed by her ‘we can’t stop’ song played in solemn acoustic as if it were a deep, folk anthem. Does no one get the irony? And SHE is the only one constantly bringing up her Disney career – as if it were something holding her back. To promote herself; Miley is creating her own victim static – just like when she appeared in Vanity Fair and declared she was taken advantage of. (No nudity, contrary to rumor; just a pretty girl in a demure pose. The pics with her dad were the weird ones).
    She tosses on some trashy outfits and throws out a few lewd videos and then stands back to collect on the ‘controversy’. Her faux teenage angst is being played out in her 20s; in time to rope in all those now older HM fans.
    The best thing I’ve seen with her recently was the bit on SNL where they took her bizarre ‘can’t stop’ video and turned it on it’s head with their political cover – and made it WORK – hilariously… and I doubt Miley even understood why it was fabulous; she was just there for the publicity stunt.
    This outfit is awful. Just unflattering in every way. In spite of her heavy duty jewelry; it looks like it cost two bucks. I don’t like the top or bottom – but if she switched out the raggedy diseased looking shorts for maybe ripped jeans… it might be a save.

  • Stuart Strathern

    WTF If she showed up in a G-String bikini which you can see at the beach on girls from 7 up to ugh 40 she would get less bull. It’s a little butt cheek people you see more crack daily at Walmart.