From the VMAs to the EMAs and twerking to smoking on stage, Miley Cyrus has certainly been causing some controversy over the last few weeks. And while we know she's had an album to promote, the hugely successful Bangerz, her antics have gone from controversial to just a little bit irritating...
Being controversial in pop is nothing new, we've had Lady Gaga, Madonna and before the divas we had oldies the Beatles and Frank Sinatra. So are her attempts to be so "shocking" including alleged weed smoking or naked antics and general try-hard, attention seeking attitude make her the most irritating star out there right now?
The world begs: 'Please stop'... being so irritating! (SplashNews)
Of course, she is be no means alone, there is plenty of stiff competition for the accolade of most irritating. Pop 'stars' who enjoy whining on Twitter like James Arthur are pretty high up on the list, as well as generally bad singers who just won't take the hint like Jedward.
So let's take a look back at Miley's most irritating moments, to see why she deserves the title:
1. Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll
It's almost as though Miley has been studying the book of stereotypical pop star moves. Drugs have played a huge role in many celebrity careers and it appears that the 20-year-old is definitely of the same school of thought. The singer has been singing about drugs, wearing drug motifs, smoking 'suspicious' cigarettes as she accepts awards and even named her dog Mary Jane, a popular euphemism for Marijuana.
Smoking as she accepted her award in Amsterdam (SplashNews)
It all screams a little (ok, a lot) try hard. Miley's most recent drug related incident was at the European Music Awards in Amsterdam this month. The We Can't Stop songstress confirmed that she was smoking weed as she accepted her award for Best Music Video as she told American radio station Capital FM: "I was just walking out of my room and then I was like 'Oh I have [this joint] in my bag, that will be really funny,"
Smoking hot. Miley Cyrus tweets plenty of references to illegal substances (Twitter/MileyCyrus)
"And I didn't say anything to anybody. It's not that I think about that, and I don't tell anyone I'm gonna do it because then they're going to tell me no."
What a change from the 'salvia' incident in 2010. Miley hit the headlines around her 18th birthday three years ago as a video exposed her inhaling salvia. After the salvia (which is a legal hallucinogen in California, where Miley lives) video went viral, Miley told Marie Claire: "I'm not perfect... I made a mistake... I'm disappointed in myself for disappointing my fans"
2. That. Tongue.
When we say put it away, we aren't talking about Mile's clothing choices (more on that in a second), no we are referring to her tongue. That pesky muscle just won't stay in Miley's mouth, will it?
Put it away! Miley is a fan of the 'colon, capital p' face (SplashNews)
We all know how much she loves Rolling Stone magazine, Miley even got a tattoo of 'Rolling $tone' on the sole of her foot during an interview with them. So all we can imagine is that she is simply showing her admiration for the band Rolling Stone, whose logo is a open mouth with a tongue poking out.
We kid, but seriously, stop with the gurning Cyrus. It looks ridiculous.
3. Montana Metamorphosis
When we catch the odd Hannah Montana re-run, we are reminded just how much lil Destiny 'Miley' Ray Cyrus has transformed. It appears to have all started when Miley chopped off her brunette locks and dyed them peroxide blonde. The Wrecking Ball singer told V magazine: "I'm going to change, I'm going to be different, I'm going to do what I want to do,"
A 180 degree transformation, Miley when she was filming Hannah Montana (SplashNews)
She later told MTV that her new look isn't going anywhere: "You can just mix white trash and Chanel, that's me" However, people aren't just calling Miley out for her 'white trash' look.
Some fans are finding themselves increasingly irritated by Miles 'cultural appropriation', basically trying to copy other ethnicities and make money from it. Miley swears this isn't so as she defended her love of twerking to Rolling Stone: "People are like, 'Miley thinks she's a black girl, but she's got the flattest ass ever,' I'm like, 'I'm 108 pounds! I know!'"
We hope she talcum powdered ahem.. certain areas before putting on that PVC two piece (AKM-GSI)
Not to mention the nude PVC bralet and knickers that Miley wore for that now infamous VMAs performance. Since then she has sported a number of revealing outfits, many of which consist of little more than nipple pasties and a pair of pants. It is clear that Miley is keen to shed her good-girl Disney image, but she has taken it a step too far with her revealing attire. Plus, take your clothes off once and everyone is shocked. The second time it is less so, by the three hundredth and eighty seventh time it is just plain irritating.
4. Hitting a bum note
Covering up in a Marc Jacobs gold dress and a turban from Brick Lane Street she she performed on the X Factor (WENN/ITV)
And we're not talking about her clothing! Ok, fair play to Miley, she always appears to sing live, yet of late she just seems to be shouting at us. Take for example, her latest X Factor performance. Miley seemed to mistake belting out her hit, for screaming at her fans. Not to mention she stood on a large sand dune and slowly walked down it, wearing a turban. What was that all about?
Miley took to her Twitter account to defend the performance saying:
damned if you do damned if you don't.— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) November 18, 2013
Maybe it sounds hypocritical to complain that she was boring, but since Miley is so obviously out to create controversy then she can't do anything less than her last performance.
5. Saucy photos
Who else can remember THAT Vanity Fair photo? Way back in 2008, Miley was featured in the June issue of Vanity Fair magazine, with an accompanying photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz. Fans of the Hannah Montana star were left upset by the sexual undertone of the photos, which showed a topless Miley, who was covered in nothing but a silk bedsheet.
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Provocative. Miley sparked criticism with this risque photo (Vanity Fair)
The then 16-year-old Miley apologized afterwards: "I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be 'artistic' and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed."
She added: "I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about"
Controversial photo shoot with Terry Richardson, who also directed the very naked Wrecking Ball music video (Tumblr/Terry'sDiary)
Well fast forward to 2013 and Miley was at it again, this time with photographer Terry Richardson. In an obvious bid for attention, the pair set up a very risque photo shoot, which among other things included Miley simulating having sex and some very apparent camel toe.
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