In the raunchiest prime time TV performance we can remember this side of a strip club — yes, that would include Janet Jackson's 2004 Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction" — pop singer Miley Cyrus made it unmistakeably clear at last week's MTV Video Music Awards that she is Disney's Hannah Montana no more. (To think Walt Disney practically had a heart attack when Annette Funicello did a beach movie, back in the day.) Parents of her young fans, beware.
Cyrus groped herself, got near naked and mimicked various sex acts on stage in a tawdry, tongue-wagging performance - guess it's called "twerking" — that left even some in the seen-it-all celebrity audience aghast. For a minute there we thought our reaction to it was just our age catching up with us, but no, this was grotesquely inappropriate, virtually anytime, anyplace, before any audience.
No, this isn't among the world's major issues, just one more red flag on the culture, just one more emblem of it making a fool of herself, pathetically so, in public. You'd like to think there is some adult in her life who could tell her that. She'll forgive those who suggest it's what you do when you can't bring talent to the table. It's hard to believe the 20-year-old will be proud of this when she's 40. For her sake, we'd hope not.