miley cyrus vma foam finger

In case you were one of the four people on planet Earth who apparently missed this, here’s a quick recap: last Sunday, during the MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke performed the songs “We Can’t Stop” and “Blurred Lines.”  During said performance, Cyrus stripped down to a skin-colored two-piece, continually stuck her tongue out, appeared to perform oral sex with a backup dancer, twerked against Thicke’s crotch, and took a giant foam finger and continually rubbed it against her own crotch.  Viewers have responded variously that it was a trainwreck, others stated that it was it was a woman simply celebrating her sexuality, while some of us just thought it was dumb.

Well, as it would happen, the inventor of the foam finger isn’t exactly bowled over by the usage of his product in the performance.  Steve Chmelar, who invented the foam finger in 1971, has stated that Cyrus “took an honorable icon that is seen in sporting venues everywhere and degraded it,” a statement which, as the AV Club notes, seems to indicate that Chmelar has no idea how the finger has been used at sporting events for the past 40 years.

But don’t worry, gang, as Chmelar notes, “the foam finger has been around long enough that it will survive this incident.”  Whew, that’s a load off.

What do you think of the Cyrus news?