Miley Cyrus proved once again yesterday that she knows exactly how to shock the American public -— circa 2003.
When Madonna smooched Britney Spears on national television during an MTV Video Music Awards performance 10 years ago, the girl-on-girl lip-lock was so stunning to the mass American audience that people pretty much didn’t even notice that, just seconds later, Madonna turned to her left and planted another smacker on a bizarrely spray-tanned Christina Aguilera.
For those of you too young to remember or old enough to forget, check out a video of the historic moment at the bottom of this article.
Pop music’s new queen of shock, or of shameless attention-mongering depending on how you look at it, is Miley Cyrus. Yesterday, with her new single “Adore You” about to go into wide release, the 21-year-old Disney-star-turned-outrage-magnet gave the world her latest gift: an Instagram of herself kissing Victoria’s Secret model Cara Delevingne, apparently going in for a sloppy French kiss, each of their tongues hanging out.
Us Magazine‘s web site featured the photo today.
Perhaps Miley is trying to do Madonna one better. While the Madonna-Britney kiss was broadcast in real time on TV and Miley’s was merely a still photo sent out via Twtter, Madonna’s mini-make-out with Spears was not much more than a tasteful peck.
Miley and Cara appear to be going for it with full-on, open-mouth tongue action. Of course, no one really knows what happened next other than the two barely post-adolescent pranksters themselves.
Delevingne is also attempting to put together a persona defined by outrageous, “look at me” behavior. Ireland’s Independent Woman site carried a story about the social-media sensation’s self-produced “Christmas video” in which she wears a turkey head and delivers lines such as, “Merry Christmas everybody. I hope you haven’t been too naughty like this pig.”
Later in the video, Delevingne declares, “remember what goes well with turkey – bacon” before smearing her mouth with what she says is bacon-flavored lip balm.
Miley Cyrus, at least, exhibits a degree of self-awareness about her publicity-seeking (and receiving) antics. She told The New York Times this week that she knows that she is just one in a long line of outrage queens.
“Someone, two years from now, is going to be the next kind of provocateur,” she told the paper. “Like, I can’t wait to collab with whoever the hell that is, you know? I’m like, whoever that is, I’m going to ride that wave.”