Miley Cyrus could be in some trouble with the FCC after her Fourth of July special garnered a handful of complaints.
Miley was featured in an NBC special that aired over the Independence Day weekend, drawing an estimated two million viewers.
Among that group watching, exactly three people issued formal complaints to the Federal Communications Commission. While three angry viewers out of two million may not seem bad, the FCC is bound to investigate them regardless and is currently in the process of determining if Miley Cyrus indeed acted in an indecent or profane manner during the show.
The special, titled Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour, showed the singer in some risque situations including thrusting up against a figure that appeared to be Abraham Lincoln. It also featured a back-up singer dressed like a marijuana joint.
“NBC and Miley are pursuing ratings. It is fairly obvious that executives knew what would happen when they decided to televise this special,” Gene Grabowski, executive vice president for Levick Strategic Communications, told FOX411. “They knew the programming would be risqué and in questionable taste.”
The FCC complaints, which read a bit strange, seemed to focus on these risque features.
“Her performance was impropriate [sic] for broadcast TV, as she grinded along there was a costumed performer depicting President Lincoln following behind her and alongside her and the character acted quite lecherous even patting her on the backside,” one of the complaints read.
The backlash is likely not a surprise to NBC. Experts believe that the network aired the special knowing it could cause controversy and is likely prepared to pay a fine if it comes to it.
“NBC put Miley on knowing full well it would generate controversy,” said Dan Gainor, vice president of business & culture at the Media Research Center, told FOX. “Unless the fine is several million dollars, they will view it as a cost of doing business as a ‘hip’ network.”
The NBC special came a little less than a year after Miley Cyrus gave a memorable and also very controversial performance. At the MTV Video Music Awards in September 2013 she was shown twerking on stage along with singer Robin Thicke.