Miley Cyrus kicks off her Bangerz World Tour tonight at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
Most likely there will be twerking and a whole lot of tongue wagging going on during the show, but Smilers, pay close attention, because you may actually learn something.
"I hope people open their minds and they look at my tour as something that I do feel is educational for kids," Cyrus told MTV News. "Because I think a lot of people aren't exposed to art enough and that's something that I had to learn about. It wasn't until I turned 21 that I wanted to learn because I'm from Nashville, that is not something that they care about they pretty much teach you everything in the world as black and white and I want my fans to walk away knowing more about the art that inspires me."
Miley Cyrus kicked off her Bangerz tour in Vancouver, Canada and of course it was bizarre.
Miley took to the stage at the Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena in an array of ridiculous costumes, most notably the sparkly leotard decorated with cannabis leaves and teamed with white cowboy boots. Sporting her trademark platinum blonde pixie hairdo, she displayed her infamous raunchy dance moves, rubbed suggestively against furry backing dancers and, yes, twerked throughout her barnstorming performance.
Taking some time out to sit with her legs spread on the bonnet of a car, Miley reminded her fans of her incredible vocal talent, which seems to have been lost amongst her recent shocking antics.
Live Nation has reassured fans that the tour will not be cancelled, and Cyrus, for one, seems unperturbed. "You can't say I didn't warn you," the 21-year-old tweeted yesterday morning (along with a picture of her from behind in a pot-leaf thong leotard for good measure).
Earlier this month the singer said that her tour would be educational and artistic: "Even though parents probably won't think this, I think my show is educational for kids. They're going to be exposed to art most people don't know about." She also expressed hope that the performances will be "like something you would see on Madonna's tour, but ... a lot more young." Comparisons have been made (mostly by Cyrus herself) between Cyrus and Madonna before, but the question remains as to whether there's really much of a message — politically, socially or otherwise — behind the former's over-the-top performances.
Is this the downfall of modern culture? Is America in trouble? Honestly, I think we'll be fine, y'all. If her opening show — replete with crotch-rubbing, ass-slapping, fellatio-simulation, writhing and many, many thong leotards — is any indication of what can be expected for the rest of this "educational" tour, then parents are just going to have to get used to it (or lock their teenagers indoors). And because you know you're curious, check out the nine most outrageous moments so far on Cyrus' Bangerz tour.