Miley Cyrus is an evil genius. In addition to showcasing her singing talent (yes, she can sing!), the 21-year-old pop icon spared no opportunity to incite buzz-worthy moments during her Bangerz tour stop. Is it responsible for her to dry hump the hood of a gold coupe, dressed in a weed-patterned onesie while the car’s exhaust pipe spews bills of “Miley Money,” into the faces of her young fans? Certainly not. But this sort of provocative recklessness is the lifeblood of social media, and the “shares” that serve as a measure of cultural relevance.
The two-hour performance was a string of moments such as this one, designed to inspire a young audience to switch their smart phones out of selfie mode and snap fifteen seconds of soon-to-be viral video. (#shesjustbeingmiley!) As ridiculous as her stage show appeared on the surface (Cats! Lasers! A video of CGI Cyrus riding a jet ski!), Miley knew exactly what she was doing. She embraced and encouraged the idea that it’s hip to be shared. During “Adore You,” she asked fans to make out with one another so their snog session could be broadcast on the big screen behind her. “Your parents can’t get pissed,” she said, “because I told you to do it.” Regardless of whether that’s true or not, (though I did hear one mother yell “She’s my hero!” after Cyrus confessed that she was “performing while super hungover,”) they did it. She was the master of her own nonsensical (but intentional) social circus, the Miley Cyrus show. And in her own words, “you can never have too much tongue at a Miley Cyrus show.” ★★★★☆
Love Money Party
Maybe You’re Right
Do My Thang
Can’t Be Tamed
Rooting for My Baby
Why’d You Only Call Me When Your High (Arctic Monkeys cover)
Summertime Sadness (Lana Del Rey cover)
Ruler of My Heart (Irma Thomas cover)
Hey Ya (Outkast cover)
Jolene (Dolly Parton cover)
We Can’t Stop
Party in the U.S.A.