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Miley Cyrus arguably won big at the MTV Video Music Awards -- by being the one thing people are still talking about two weeks later. She also may have lost a few things: namely, a Vogue cover, and her boyfriend Liam Hemsworth. Let's take a look at both these rumors, shall we?
First up, there's the cover of Vogue: one of the fashion world's most desirable honors. According to The Daily Mail, Cyrus, 20, has already done a photo shoot for the December cover. However, upon seeing her raunchy performance of "We Can't Stop" at the VMAs editor-in-chief Anna Wintour reportedly decided to banish Cyrus to the inside pages.
"Anna found the whole thing distasteful," says a Daily Mail source. "She decided, based on Miley’s performance, to take the cover in a different direction."
Okay, we have to ask: What did Wintour expect? Cyrus' aesthetic has been going in a very specific, un-Vogue-y direction for the past year. If she did, indeed, land the cover of Vogue (which the magazine refuses to confirm), then it's because Vogue editors decided to take a chance on the young, edgy star. Maybe the idea was to glam her up, like they did with swimsuit model Kate Upton in May. If so, wouldn't her goofy VMAs performance give those photos more of an impact? It seems hypocritical to chastise Cyrus for being provocative, when her provocative image was probably the whole point of putting her on the cover in the first place.
The other rumor is that Cyrus' fiance Liam Hemsworth has decided to break up with her. Us Weekly claims that the Hunger Games actor wants to "call it off permanently" with the pop star. The last straw? Her VMAs performance, which Hemsworth reportedly found "mortifying."
We're calling shenanigans on this second story. These two haven't acted like a couple in months, appearing together only for brief photo ops. Cyrus' performance may be a convenient scapegoat, but the relationship has been on the rocks -- and maybe even over -- for some time now.
Whether true or false, both of these rumors share a common theme: Cyrus did a bad thing and deserves to be punished. It's no secret that we found her bizarro MTV performance highly embarrassing, but this new level of backlash is rubbing us the wrong way. Cyrus was doing exactly what pop stars are supposed to do at awards shows: She put on a memorable show. Even if it was memorable for the wrong reasons, she didn't hurt anybody. She didn't tell kids to smoke crack. She didn't throw puppies into a mosh pit. She just sang a song and danced. That's her job. Since the show, Cyrus' iTunes sales and YouTube views have gone through the roof, which means she's actually doing her job well.
So let's stop acting like Cyrus did something unforgivable. At worst, she's acting like a teenager who's trying to get a rise out of her parents. Let's just all take a deep breath, step back, and wait for her to grow out of it.
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