Serial Attention-Seeker Miley Cyrus Wants Everyone to Think She Smoked a Joint On Stage at the MTV EMAs

In her latest attempt to shock and grab headlines, the singer lit up something while accepting an award on Sunday

By now, we've all seen Miley Cyrus naked -- so it looks like she's finding other ways to try and shock people. During Sunday night's MTV Europe Music Awards, the 20-year-old singer was awarded Best Video for her song "Wrecking Ball." After thanking her fans and the video's director, she reached into her Chanel purse, pulled out what appeared to be a joint, and proceeded to smoke it on stage.

Maybe it was an ordinary hand-rolled cigarette, but that's certainly not what Miley wanted us to think, is it? Given that smoking marijuana is semi-legal in Amsterdam, where the awards ceremony was held, it seems likely that it was the real deal.

Even so, it's kind of sad. Is there any reason whatsoever for Miley to light a joint onstage, other than to try and shock people? For one thing, she was accepting an award! It' s like sending a text in the middle of an Oscars speech -- rude, and something that could definitely wait 45 seconds. It was also very clearly planned in advance, because why else bring that giant purse on stage? Maybe it was supposed to look spontaneous, but that's not how it came off. Like a lot of Miley's recent behavior, it seemed immature and attention-seeking. She might as well go on stage and shout, "Look at me! Look at meeee!"

Speaking of which, she prepped for the EMAs by tweeting yet another naked photo (a selfie this time).

Cyrus also opened the ceremony by singing "We Can't Stop." While there was no foam finger or Robin Thicke this time (he had his own, twerk-free performance later in the show), she did wear a skin-tight dress and trade butt-slaps with a twerking dwarf. (Watch the full performance here.)

Remember that other petite back-up dancer who said she felt degraded by working with Miley, because she was being used as a "prop" to shock people at the VMAs? This latest performance seemed to prove her point; Miley was pulling that dancer around onstage like she was a cute animal on a leash. Not cool.

We're looking forward to the moment when Miley decides that she can relax, stop trying to shock people, and focus on the music -- because she's pretty good at it! Maybe her new tattoo of her grandmother will guide her in that direction.

 Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+

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