Miley Cyrus has come in for more criticism for her controversial MTV VMAs performance – this time from a teddy bear charity.
The singer hit the headlines earlier this week with her bizarre appearance at the bash in New York. During a medley of her recent Number One hit ‘We Can’t Stop’ and Robin Thicke’s singles ‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Give It 2 U’, Cyrus stripped down to a flesh-coloured bikini and was seen pointing at Thicke’s crotch with a foam finger before ‘twerking’ provocatively against his striped trousers.
She also started her appearance by emerging from a giant teddy bear and then performed surrounded by more of the popular stuffed creatures throughout the song. Speaking to TMZ, a spokesperson for the Teddy Bear Fund charity – an organisation which provides stuffed animals to those residing at abuse shelters – said: “Miley made a poor choice to use a universally loved children’s teddy bear in an offensive way.
“There is always good art and bad art – unfortunately… this was bad art,” they continued. “Hopefully she might consider reversing this situation by giving lots of teddy bears to children in need of comfort.”
MTV were also been criticised by America’s Parents Television Council (PTC) for broadcasting Cyrus’ performance as part of the VMAs live show. “MTV continues to sexually exploit young women by promoting acts that incorporate ‘twerking’ in a nude-colored bikini,” they said in a statement. “How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds?”
Cyrus, meanwhile, has reportedly been working with Kanye West, with the singer skipping the VMAs afterparty to record a remix of his song ‘Black Skinhead’.