Miley Cyrus 'violates' US with 'Twerking' display - video
Singer sets new benchmark for outrage with video awards performance described as 'hyper-sexualised'
MILEY CYRUS has stolen Lady Gaga's crown as pop's most outrageous female performer following a controversial appearance at the MTV Video Awards which viewers described as "desperate" and "uncomfortable".
Such was the social media storm that some US news programmes put coverage of the actress's "hyper-sexualised" routine and "flesh-toned latex bra and matching underwear" ahead of reports about America's likely military action in Syria.
Something is wrong with Miley Cyrus... She's pathetic
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Miley Cyrus: Acting a Fool, Not 'Acting Black' http://t.co/m1YJ6qhlRK
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The 20-year-old former Hannah Montana star appears to have set out to court controversy when she took to the stage at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Sunday night. Using an oversized foam finger to make a series of lewd gestures, she proceeded to "grind" her backside against fellow pop star Robin Thicke's crotch during a rendition of his hit Blurred Lines.
The gesture is taken from a "provocative" dance called ‘Twerking', explains The Guardian. The style, which originated in Jamaica's dance halls, encourages women to "find ever more frenetic and acrobatic ways of presenting their bums to their male dance partners," the paper says.
The cultural origins of Cyrus's choreography were lost on Thicke's mother, Gloria Loring, who said she felt sorry for the singer's parents.
"I just keep thinking of her mother and father watching this. Oh, Lord, have mercy," she told Yahoo. "I was not expecting her to be putting her butt that close to my son. The problem is now I can never 'unsee' it."
Loring's outrage was shared by many users on social media. Several users said they felt "violated" by Cyrus's routine.
Kelly Clarkson was among the celebrities who commented on the spectacle, comparing the former Disney star's act to a "pitchy stripper". The comment drew a quick rebuke from Cyrus's friend Cheyne Thomas, who branded Clarkson "fat and bitter".
If Cyrus is chastened by the outrage triggered by her VMA performance she isn't showing it. She has posted a series of "racy pictures" on Twitter posing in spandex outfits that show off her "minuscule figure and edgy hairdo", reports the Daily Mirror. ·