Betty White and friends twerk Miley Cyrus 'Wrecking Ball' video

Lampooning music industry's latest slutty pop tart. 'Bout time. Photo: Lifetime promo

WASHINGTON, October 23, 2013 – Unless you’ve had your TV off for the past year or don’t bother to watch trending YouTube videos on your computer iPad iPhone 5s, you’ve missed chanteuse Miley Cyrus’ long, rapid swan dive into the Stygian depths of a warped, post-modern iteration of Dante’s Inferno.

Miley’s amazingly rapid transformation from Disney Darling Hannah Montana to Pop Tart Lite to her current incarnation as wannabe successor to a line of intentionally skanky distaff predecessors including Madonna, Britney Spears, and Lady Gaga… well, it’s been a real gobsmacker. It’s likely Cyrus also aims to make her statement by leaving current competitors Vanessa Hudgins and imitation slut Selena Gomez in her dust. Isn’t this all getting a little old?

The sad thing is, the 20-year old Cyrus can actually sing. But her considerable talent gets lost in the funhouse, exiled by a slutty stage persona headlined by leitmotifs like an off-balance haircut that makes her head look like a lawnmower ran over it; not to mention her cheap-looking “what was I thinking” tattoos, her moronic foam twerking widget, and a hound-like flapping tongue that looks like a crude transplant unceremoniously yanked from rock relic Mick Jagger’s legendary pie hole.

Miley’s video is getting its share of pageviews due to all the above, plus the added faux frisson of a few seconds of gratuitous nudity whose overall sexiness is undercut by the pair of shiny, brown, never-worn work boots. What a turn on. Is this millennial soft-core porn at its finest? If so, the Decline of the West is nearly complete.

On the plus side, “Wrecking Ball” has already inspired an growing number of deliciously satirical parody videos running the gamut from mild to mildly disgusting.

Our current fave is a surprise from that perpetually youthful Queen of Comedy, 91-year old Betty White. It was created to promote the revival of White’s funny, geriatric-oriented reality show “Off Their Rockers.” Canceled after two seasons by NBC, the show was picked up by Lifetime for a third season, and this promo gives you a heads-up.


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Classy Betty does it best. She pokes fun at “Wrecking Ball’s” utter idiocy but doesn’t put Cyrus down. Maybe this warmly amusing approach to humor is why audiences of all ages have laughed along with Betty for what, 60 years or more? 

Other Cyrus satirists are more in-your-face. Take colorful professional wrestler Hulk Hogan. The aging but still engaging Hulkster dons a thong and parodies “Wrecking Ball” for his own PR:


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Here’s one more paroday before we make this a wrap. This one stands out for its witty yet coldly calculated ability to take Miley’s tawdry symbolism just one step too far. Creator Shane Dawson also gets extra points for emulating the Hulkster and using his nasty little parody to launch his own shameless promo. Which, we guess, is what one must do these days to grab that 15 minutes of fame.

Last but hardly least, here’s the original. It’s spawned a virtual cottage industry of parody videos. Not nearly as many, perhaps, as Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Man in the World. But there’s still time.

If you have your own faves, let our readers know via the comments area below.

Read more of Terry’s news and reviews at Curtain Up! in the Entertain Us neighborhood of the Washington Times Communities. For Terry’s investing and political insights, visit his Communities columns, The Prudent Man and Morning Market Maven, in Business.

 


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Terry Ponick

Now writing on investing, politics, music, movies and theater for the Washington Times Communities, Terry was formerly the longtime music and culture critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2009) before moving online with Communities in 2010.  

 

 

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