Morning Joe opened this morning with the biggest news story of the day: Miley Cyrus’ “disturbing” twerking at the MTV Video Music Awards. Joe Scarborough and his male cohorts began by laughing about the spectacle before Mika Brzezinski jumped in with a more serious take. “I wouldn’t make a joke of it actually,” Brzezinski said. “I think that was really, really disturbing.”RELATED: Did Miley Cyrus 'Flirt With Bad Taste' Or Dive Right In?
She went on to describe how “that young lady, who is 20, is obviously deeply troubled, deeply disturbed, clearly has confidence issues, probably eating disorder and I don’t think anybody should have put her on stage. That was disgusting and embarrassing.” Scarborough started talking about his two older sons, with Brzezinski jumped back in with, “They don’t think that’s attractive, Miley. Nobody does actually.”
Before Scarborough could get another word in, she was off again. “That was not attractive. That was not fun. That was not funny. That was really, really bad for anybody who’s younger and impressionable and she’s really messed up.” She said MTV should be “ashamed of themselves” for putting it on the air.
Harkening all the way back to Britney Spears’ 2001 VMA performance, Scarborough chalked the phenomenon up to the “Britney-fication of American culture.” He said the “real disgrace” is that “MTV knows the people watching these shows are tweeners” and they are promoting the “sexualization of pre-teen girls.”
“The whole thing was cringe worthy but I feel bad for her,” Brzezinski said, before trying to move on to another, more important story. “She is a mess. Someone needs to take care of her. Someone needs not to put her on stage and make a complete fool of herself.” When the show’s producer apparently threatened to show the clip for MTV again, Brzezinski vetoed it, saying, “I don’t want to see that ever again on this show.”