Ever since Miley Cyrus’ VMAs performance and also for a long time before that, people have been making fun of her. Some jokes have been more vulgar and mean-spirited than others. The joke Rebel Wilson was going to make about Miley when she introduced her in Las Vegas this past weekend — I assume for the iHeartRadio Music Festival — did not fall into the “vulgar and mean-spirited” category. In fact, it’s one of the most harmless Miley Cyrus jokes I’ve ever heard. And yet somehow Rebel was banned from making it.
Last night Rebel stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live and explained that management got a copy of her jokes before she went onstage and banned her from saying them. One of the jokes she planned to make was the following: “Miley Cyrus got to the top through her raw talent and hard twerk.” … Aaand cue the crickets as we wonder what in the world was so bad about that.
Seriously, that was harmless. Everyone who’s anyone has made a Miley Cyrus twerk/work pun, from us here at Crushable to goddess of positivity Amy Poehler. The only reason I could see for banning it would be that twerk jokes are starting to be a bit overdone. But you know what else is overdone? Everything Miley Cyrus says and does. This is a girl who wore pasties and polar bear arms to the festival in question and who’s proudly made twerking her shtick. And yet Rebel Wilson referencing it with an innocent pun should be banned? In a joke that isn’t even really a joke because it actually kind of compliments Miley?
We should also remember that this is Rebel Wilson we’re talking about. There are plenty of more vulgar, offensive things she could have said. Remember at the Teen Choice Awards when she was bleeped for making a One Direction joke that involved a reference to her asshole? You get Rebel Wilson to introduce one of the most controversial, talked-about celebrities out there right now who is about to come out half naked and stick her tongue out every chance she gets, and yet you won’t allow her to say the word “twerk”? What is this world we live in?
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