Miley Cyrus. The VMAs. Brooklyn. 2013. This is the year Miley is showing the world that she’s a ~grown woman~. Sound familiar?
Of course it does. Clearly, Miley’s inspiration for the night was none other than the queen of the VMAs herself, pop music extraordinaire and everyday legend: Miss Britney Spears.
WHAT MILEY CYRUS WAS TRYING TO DO: Appear mysteriously. Britney achieved this with dramatic music and a giant spider-looking thing that turned around to reveal her literal “not so innocent” self.
WHAT MILEY CYRUS ACTUALLY DID: Miley came out of a monkey’s chest.
WHAT MILEY CYRUS WAS TRYING TO DO: She was trying to have her “I’m a grown woman!” moment. Britney achieved this with a sexy and sparkly striptease. She also wore a fedora and one of those cordless pop music microphones.
OMG! So cutting edge.
THAT THONG. So unexpected.
WHAT MILEY CYRUS ACTUALLY DID: She danced around with a bunch of oversized stuffed animals and unenthused pink bears.
She fist-pumped and screamed
And had a stuffed animal rub her back.
Then her clothes came off and she took out a large finger with a big red nail.
WHAT MILEY CYRUS WAS TRYING TO DO: Get into the zone and really have a moment with herself. Britney achieved this by dancing her ass off. She also had crimped hair.
WHAT MILEY CYRUS WAS TRYING TO DO: Make sexy, sophisticated, yet raunchy faces.
Britney achieved this because she’s a flawless and iconic human being.
WHAT MILEY CYRUS ACTUALLY DID: Point a large fake finger at Robin Thicke.
WHAT MILEY CYRUS WAS TRYING TO DO: Steal the show.
WHAT MILEY CYRUS ACTUALLY DID: Make pink bears sad.
Basically, I think you get the point. This is how you do a coming-of-age performance:
And this is how you don’t: