You may have heard some chatter about Miley Cyrus' performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards alongside, and often directly in front of, Robin Thicke. Opinions were had, by us, by Big Freedia — even by Miley, herself.
Three weeks later, much of the furor has subsided, but in case you'd like to revisit just how worked up people got over this latest instance of pop stars rubbing their clothed no-no bits together, look no further than the 161 viewer complaints filed to the FCC (via Deadspin). For perspective, Beyonce's crotch-tastic Super Bowl performance only received 48 complaints, and was seen by a much larger audience. Keep in mind, also, that the FCC has to respond to every complaint and patiently explain that they don't regulate cable television. Oof. Just wait till they get a look at her tool-licking "Wrecking Ball" video.
A smattering of the [sic]iest and most hyperbolic complaints below:
"Miley Syres did a performance with teddy bears, sticking he butt in a man face, making obscene, suggestive movements, resembling a porn show."
"The Miley Cyrus performance was very pornographic and should not have been on TV. She made multiple very indecent sexual poses and gestures, from grabbing her crouch, using a foam finger like a dildo, and licking the butt of a stuff bear in a sexual manner. Plus the fact she barely had any clothes on."
"Miley Cyrus demonstrated lewd behavior in her performance, indicating oral sex, dog sex, etc. It was gross and should not have been allowed on TV."
"Obscene sexual acts on stage depicted by a child." [Note: This is the entire complaint]
"Pornographic dance by Miley Cyrus. Yuck! Will not list details. TOO GROSS. Should be restricted to whore house." [Note: Same goes for this one]
"Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga performance. Actually the whole awards show is disgusting. MTV shoud be fined for inappropriate behavior. MTV's shows are pretty much all disgusting...16 and pregnant really why are we glorifying this...REal World where two men are licking each others nipples on tv...really come on something need to be done about all this shit on tv...i'm about ready to sell my tv's."
"Singer Miley Cyrus performed an act on live TV during primetime that was offensive, obscene and appeared to appeal to the Pedophile audience. She was dress as a toddler wearing pigtails, a onesy and a daiper, dancing with teddy bears and made numerous obscene gestures with her tongue, a large rubber hand and grinded her buttocks into a man's groin whlie bending over. She also touched the man's groin with the rubber hand. My family was horrified by this performance. The FCC has got to reign in the media. Enough is enough. This isn't the America that I knew. Please take appropriate action."
"This network should be FINED!!!!! Miley Cyrus should be FINED!!!!! And Robin Thicke should be FINED!!!!! This act was planned out and rehearsed and ALL THREE participated in the perverse and raunchy nature of it. Thoroughly disgusted. Miley Cyrus should be banned from performing in public, permanently. Robin Thicke shold be banned for at least 5 years. Kids who say that will not forget it and they have been irreparably harmed."
"The Show that miley cyrus put on was a disgrace! i was watching this show with my granddaughter and was very embarrassed. i think this was much, much woarse than that disaster at the super bowl with one of the jackson girls."
"The dancing of milie Cyrus was appalling and obscene! I expece some off things, but what that woman did was uncalled for. I had middle school nieces who wanted to see ithe show and didn't think I was going to have to be concerned about miyle Cyrus performance! I left the room to get drinks and about dropped them as I walked in to that on my TV!! Unreal!! MTV should have stopped that before it was aired and the FCC should have pulled the plug on that performance!! A shame they chose to put Katy perry on last, the girls would have loved seeing her!"
"VMA awards and Milye Cyrus: Need I say more? She was crude, pornographic, and absolutely shameful. Had I wanted my family to see a hooker perform a live sex show, I would have taken her to Tijuana. It was, at best, a third rate exhibition of what a pedophile what like to see during a child pornography live show. When she started throwing her hand and arm in a manner to simulate a male jacking off, that was bad enough. Then she continued to fondle herself with a foam finger, and the she backed up against her male co-singer?s genitals in a doggy-style position and humped him lik a bitch in heat. This went on for several minutes. The opening, with the teddy bears and ?teddy? outfit, was disturbing enough, but once the little whore started simulated masturbating and intercourse on stage, we had to leave the room. You can say all you want about outh and the stupidity of youth (i.e., Milye?s youth and her stupidity), but the network should have known better and not allowed it, period..."