Foam Finger Inventor: Miley Cyrus Degraded An ‘Honorable Icon’

Foam finger inventor Steve Chmelar wasn’t exactly thrilled with Miley Cyrus’ performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. In his opinion, the singer “degraded” the item he created back in 1971.

Any sports event wouldn’t be complete without a colorful foam finger or two. Although most people use them to show undying support for their favorite team, Cyrus discovered a controversial new way to use the iconic finger at the recent awards show.

Everyone from Justin Timberlake to Paramore singer Hayley Williams has weighed in on the performance. At one point along the way, someone thought it would be a good idea to ask the foam finger inventor what he thought about Cyrus’ stint. Needless to say he’s not too amused by the whole thing.

“She took an honorable icon that is seen in sporting venues everywhere and degraded it. Fortunately, the foam finger has been around long enough that it will survive this incident,” Chmelar recently told the folks at Fox Sports.

Since no one can comment on the situation without dropping some sort of snarky remark, the foam finger inventor took a shot at those who may have enjoyed the performance.

“For people who like that kind of entertainment, I’m sure that it met their needs. As for Miley Cyrus, let’s hope she can outlive this event and also survive,” he explained.

What does Miley Cyrus think about the backlash she’s received since her performance at the VMAs? The “We Can’t Stop” singer decided to address her critics with a picture and a Twitter post. Not surprisingly, Cyrus doesn’t appear too concerned with her detractors have to say.

Wearing nothing but a shirt with “#BANGERZ” emblazoned on the back, Miley expressed her feelings with two very long middle fingers. It’s doubtful that she’ll address the foam finger inventor’s comments about the Video Music Awards anytime soon.

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