• Mon, Aug 26 - 1:30 pm ET

Miley Cyrus Got Hardcore Body Shamed By Mika Brzezinski And My Head Is Exploding

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By now, we’ve all seen Miley Cyrus’s awkward, gyrating VMA performance of “We Can’t Stop” that certainly made me want to look away, but found myself glued to the TV. Reactions around the internet range from awkward secondhand embarrassment, incredulity, and outrage. Oh, also, were you hoping for an armchair diagnosis from some non-doctors? Cool.

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The medical experts people over at MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” began their broadcast today with a measured, thoughtful (SIKE) examination of Miley’s performance. While the male hosts sort of giggled their way through and made half-assed pleas for the children! Their precious eyes!, host Mika Brzezinski got herself into a lather and wasn’t having any of it. In fact, she basically saw the line you don’t cross when discussing strangers’ health, hurdled over it, and kept on sprinting.

“I think that was really, really disturbing. That young lady, who is 20, is obviously deeply troubled, deeply disturbed, clearly has confidence issues, probably eating disorder and I don’t think anybody should have put her on stage. That was disgusting and embarrassing … That was not attractive. That was not fun. That was not funny. That was really, really bad for anybody who’s younger and impressionable and she’s really messed up … The whole thing was cringe worthy but I feel bad for her. She is a mess. Someone needs to take care of her. Someone needs not to put her on stage and make a complete fool of herself.”

What. The. Fuck. It’s completely irresponsible for Brzezinski to speculate that Cyrus “probably” has an eating disorder—based on what? She’s a slim girl, so now that’s an obvious eating disorder? Brzezinski’s fake concern is nothing more than body shaming, and it’s patently unacceptable. Is it possible, just maybe, that the confidence issues that Brzezinski are certain exist are made up in her head? And that Miley feels good about her body to the point where she felt comfortable dancing around in a leotard in front of a nationally televised audience? That performance was a lot of things, but insecure it was not.

Criticizing Miley for made up mental health issues takes away from actual, legitimate criticisms of her performance, and she has sparked valid outrage for her tone-deaf and oblivious attitude. There are real debates happening about race and culture, and we shouldn’t bother with fake concern from a non-medical professional.

I have plenty of issues with Miley Cyrus (and I thought the VMA performance was a nightmare), but I’m firmly Team Miley on this one. Brzezinski is a grown woman who’s straight up bullying Miley. Accusing Miley of not setting a good example for younger viewers is a farcical joke. I Using your TV audience to body shame and bully a 20-year-old girl? Real classy.

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  • Thumbs up/thumbs down

    Miley at the VMA.
    1. Tounge is super long and gross looking ,not sexy
    2. walks/struts around, needs some direction on how to move sexy, just looks gangly and uncoordinated
    3. teddy bear outfit didn’t fit could see gold boy shorts at leg openings, coustume designer, shame on you, looked really poorly put together
    4. girl needs some lessons from those HOT back up dancers in the white one leg outfits, they were scene stealers
    5. boy shorts were riding up her crotch, not in a sexy way, again a poorly designed outfit, 6. penis envy moves wtih the foam hand, not really sexy, and the gross tounge flying around AGAIN
    7. girl you need A** to do your twerk, you got hardly any! Skin and bones
    New choreographer needed, new cosutme designer needed, and some direction on how to move sexy, Lots of NEED and very little GOT!

    • Penny

      This comment is a wasteland.

  • Alyssa

    I hate it when people use “she looks like she has an eating disorder” as an insult. Or using any mental illness as an insult. Mental illness is serious. It’s an illness just like any other. Medical conditions should not be shameful.

    • Julia Sonenshein

      Yes. This.

  • JLH1986

    Correction: Using your TV audience to body shame and bully *a person*? Real classy. I get its Miley that’s the point. But it’s not ok to use ANY platform to bully someone about their body. I wasn’t a fan of the performance but that has more to do with my thinking she wasn’t talented enough and less to do with her body gyrating twerking situation.

  • Cee

    Yes. The real debates SHOULD be about race and culture on this matter and what is sad is that NOBODY is talking about it! It makes me so angry!:
    First of all, yes the show was all kinds of terrible. Pedobears, masturbating with a foam finger, Thicke’s pants..and for fucksakes but your tongue in your mouth. You can’t sing and stick your tongue out at the same time, Miley. And yes, we all know you have a tongue.
    Buuut…nobody is talking about Miley’s disgusting use of Black culture:
    Twerking has been considered a dirty black girl’s way of dancing. When Black girls do it, it is considered a dirty, ghetto thing. But now that Miley does it, its cute, its sexy. But not only is she cute and sexy for doing it but she is the QUEEN of twerking. Bitch please. She does not even do it right to begin with and what makes it so acceptable now that she has done it. Oh yes, because it is a cute white girl doing it.

    Also, her black Harajuku Lovers. No, just no. Black people aren’t props to gain some kind of cred. Nope nope nope. Slapping their butts, pretending to rim/lick their butts. Nope. Having them wear bears as if they are her personal toys, nope. Just nope. They are not her friends, they are just her props and she can’t be doing that.

    I get it, she is trying to find herself and be edgy. But what she is doing is downright offensive and she has to stop. I don’t care if she showed ass or boob or whatever. I do care that she is using Black culture for her own personal gain. That is not cool.

    What I’m seeing is a lot of feminist sites focusing on the slut shaming that happened, which is not cool, but many sticking people sticking their head in the sand when it comes to the cultural appropriation that is going on here and it is pretty frustrating.

    • Heather

      I don’t think anyone thought Miley’s twerking was cute or sexy. That’s what everyone is talking about, the dirty, unsexiness of it.

  • Usual Suspect

    Another Lindsay Lohan, simply falling by the wayside, and soon forgotten.

  • dopey1947

    Maybe Ms Brzezinski is jealous. I have been thin all of my life. Eat like a horse. Not everyone that is skinny has an eating disorder. Her performance was a little over the top, but other performers have done things just as bad. Like she said, she is 20. She still has a lot of maturing to do.

  • jessica

    If you just replace “Miley” with “Mika” throughout, Brzezinski’s rant starts to make a whole lot of sense. Miley Cyrus’ performance was bizarre and pretty terrible but still unworthy of such speculation and harsh words.

  • LynnKell

    That tongue…. that fucking tongue!!! It is driving me crazy!! I really need to close her mouth because I’m sick of watching her tongue!! Girl, strike another pose!! That one is obviously not working!! That’s a Rolling Stones thing, you can’t pull it!! CLOSE YOUR MOUTH!!!!!! *starts pulling her hair*

    Saying someone has an eating disorder is the lamest way to get ratings go up.

  • Klee

    Wait, what? While Mika B certainly crossed a line with the eating disorder comment, the leap in logic to say she was body shaming isn’t there. She said Miley embarassed herself. She did. Mika didn’t call her fat, or even really comment on her body, so how is that body shaming? or bullying?

    • http://www.hellandheartaches.com Patricec

      Calling someone fat isn’t the only way to body shame someone. Accusing that they are only thin because of an eating disorder or that they have an eating disorder because they are thin is just as terrible.

  • Mocking Bird

    some people look better in clothes. Miley is one of those.

    And put your tongue in your mouth and shut your mouth girl.

    • P Terrance Nels

      I’m pretty sure you’d let her suck your dick……

  • LizzyBeth80

    ugh, why would someone, not a medical professional, just an idiot from a news channel, say something like this? I don’t even really think it should be said by a doctor unless they know for sure, because it can have bad consequences. The girl is naturally skinny, let her be.