Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz tour, which kicked off in Vancouver, Canada, had all the ingredients that audiences have now come to associate with the 21-year-old.
Dressed in a skimpy marijuana leaf leotard, Cyrus grabbed her crotch, twerked her derrière and even rubbed against dancers dressed as furry animals.
At one point, she got down on her knees and performed a fake oral sex on a Bill Clinton impersonator when he came on stage during her rendition of "Party in the U.S.A,” where Cyrus’ dancers dressed up as famous Americans icons.
Meanwhile, Cyrus’ Bangerz tour has come under a lot of flak for its in-your-face sexual gestures. Marsha Lederman of The Globe and Mail wrote that Cyrus’ act lacked class.
“There was copious twerking – on the stage floor, on the hood of a gold prop car, with the furry animal mascot dancers; near-nudity in some projections; and swearing – the first sentence out of Cyrus’s mouth included the f-word. Class was not a word that came to mind. Ever,” she wrote.
On Twitter, too, Cyrus has been drawing a lot of criticism.
“I just painfully watched a music video of Miley Cyrus touching herself the whole time and that was it. And people say country is bad..,” one tweet read.
Another added that Cyrus’ performance is more apt for a strip club that a mainstream event.
But Miley have big hopes for her Bangerz tour, which she considers educational. Talking to MTV last month, she said: “I hope people open their minds and they look at my tour as something that I do feel is educational for kids. Because I think a lot of people aren't exposed to art enough and that's something that I had to learn about.
“It is fun for people to walk out and be like ‘Oh my God did she just do that?’ but there's so much that I do love about shock value, but then I really want there to be that core about the music,” she said.