The plight of the child star turned wild child has been well-documented.
But none have had the cheek to attribute their bad behaviour to a higher cause - making history.
Until Miley Cyrus.
The 20-year-old US actress-singer memorably gave the world's most unappetising stripper dance on the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) stage two weeks ago with the help of Blurred Lines singer Robin Thicke.
In the aftermath, she kept mum while everyone and their mother - including Thicke's - said their piece. "I can never unsee it," said Mama Thicke - real name Gloria Loring - echoing the thoughts of millions.
Well, apparently that's exactly how Cyrus wants it.
"I don't pay attention to the negative because I've seen this play out so many times," she told MTV News last week. "Madonna's done it. Britney's done it. Every VMA performance, that's what you're looking for; you're wanting to make history. "Me and Robin, the whole time, said, 'You know you are about to make history right now?'"
Wait, so using foam hand as a sexual prop was no young person's cry for attention, but part of a larger plan to erase the memory of her Disney alter ego Hannah Montana and enter the larger pop music - and not just VMA - hall of fame?