Singer Billy Ray Cyrus had the unpleasant experience of trending Sunday night on Twitter during daughter Miley’s raucous VMAs performance.
Sunday happened to be Billy Ray’s birthday, and also his now grown little girl’s most controversial public appearance to date.
In case someone just moved the rock, Miley Cyrus was publicly excoriated after grinding and twerking her way to the top of pop culture news this week during a “Blurred Lines” and “We Can’t Stop” duet.
Billy Ray Cyrus was tweeted to and about even more than Miley the night of the VMAs at certain points, with Twitter loudly wondering how the country star and Hannah Montana actor felt about daughter Miley’s antics.
Earlier this week, Billy Ray chided America for caring more about a VMA show than the looming war in Syria, tweeting to fans:
“Thanking God for so many blessings tonight. Continue to pray for world peace. More love… less hate.”
He later added:
“FYI ‘Love Not Hate’ Late last night I was watching devastating news out of Syria. Chemical weapons used on innocent children is unacceptable!”
Billy Ray Cyrus more directly addressed the Miley controversy, telling ET’s Nancy O’Dell that he isn’t disappointed in the former squeaky clean Disney princess for being naughty that night.
“Of course I’ll always be here for Miley. Can’t wait to see her when she gets home… She’s still my little girl and I’m still her Dad regardless how this circus we call show business plays out. I love her unconditionally and that will never change.”
However, the professional wet blankets over at the Parents Television Council — of which Billy Ray is a board member — whined:
“MTV continues to sexually exploit young women by promoting acts that incorporate ‘twerking’ in a nude-colored bikini. How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds?”
Billy Ray Cyrus may be quitting the PTC board after the fallout over Miley’s VMAs performance.