Reaction was widespread Monday to former Disney star Miley Cyrus' provocative dance routine at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday, in which she stripped to a skin-tone bra and panties, ground herself against singer Robin Thicke and toyed with a large foam finger.
Cyrus' "Hannah Montana" co-star Brooke Shields joked on "Today": "I was Hannah Montana's mother. I do not approve. Where did I go wrong?" She added, "I just want to know who's advising her, and why it's necessary. . . . I feel like it's a bit desperate. Are you trying to be [Lady] Gaga?"
The entertainment community's comments on Twitter were generally perplexed, if jocular. Wrote actor James Van Der Beek, "Things I learned watching the 2013 VMAs: There's nothing you can do with a foam finger that you can't air on MTV."
Singer Kelly Clarkson, who appeared to be referring in part to Cyrus, critiqued both fashion and vocal style with her tweet, "Just saw a couple performances from the VMAs last night. 2 words . . . pitchy strippers."
Singer-actor Nick Cannon wrote, "Remind me to never let my kids into show biz," while singer Belinda Carlisle chimed in, "Where are Miley Cyrus' parents? That was one horrific performance!"
Filmmaker Judd Apatow was more sanguine, tweeting, "It's nice that Miley is comfortable with herself," while music producer Russell Simmons found the criticism overstated: "Just saw Miley Cyrus . . . She was having fun."
And while "New Girl" star Max Greenfield punned of Cyrus' father, "Billy Ray SIGHrus," Dad himself simply tweeted, "Thanking God for so many blessings tonight. Continue to pray for world peace. More love, less hate."