The Miley Show was smart publicity

The Miley Show was smart publicity

US - Miley Cyrus has gone officially from Disney star to white-trash princess.

The former Hannah Montana star proved this at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), where she lewdly gyrated and gesticulated onstage in a flesh-coloured PVC outfit - parting with the wholesomeness she was once associated with.

That shocking, sexually charged performance spurred a massive wave of over 300,000 tweets per minute at one point on Sunday.

Even yesterday, the Internet was ablaze with chatter about Cyrus' "twerking", referring to a provocative dance in the 1990s.

That dance typically involved a woman "presenting" her bum to her male dance partner, which Cyrus did - again and again - to fellow performer Robin Thicke.

By now, some have billed Cyrus, 20, as offensive. Others say her frenetic performance was "awesome".

The Guardian's Maurice Mcleod noted that Cyrus was borrowing from black culture - "twerking" is closely associated with hip-hop. But he wrote that what he had a problem with was "the cartoon version of black culture that Cyrus seems to be adopting lacks depth and context".

In response to the show, the Parent Television Council sent out a press release with its director of public policy, Mr Dan Isett, saying that "the Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke performance simply substituted talent with sex".

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