The VMAs are always a chance for artists to push boundaries — and for Miley Cyrus, the 2013 awards ceremony was a chance to leave her Disney persona behind forever. The “Midnight Sky” singer shocked fans when she stripped down onstage to a nude shorts and crop top combo that left little to the imagination. Next, she proceeded to twerk against Robin Thicke, who was then enjoying the peak of his career with the smash hit “Blurred Lines.” The performance was so jarring that friends of the pop star later told Page Six they believed Cyrus was on drugs at the time, pointing to the constant sticking out of her coated tongue as evidence.
Following the controversial performance, celebs and viewers took to social media to share their thoughts. They were confused and horrified, to say the least. “Remind me to never let my kids into showbiz,” actor Nick Canon tweeted. Industry icon Cher also weighed in with her two cents, calling the whole thing “abysmal.” She added, “[Cyrus] can’t dance, her body looked like h***, the song wasn’t great, one cheek was hanging out,” (via Page Six). Likewise, American figure skater Johnny Weir was equally taken aback. “I’m watching the VMAs and Miley Cyrus has made me so uncomfortable. The WORST thing I have ever seen,” he wrote on Twitter.
Cyrus’ onstage partner, Thicke, may have been the only one who wasn’t appalled, as he branded the performance “dope,” via Twitter.