Miley Cyrus Did the One Thing at the EMAs That Could Top Her VMAs Performance
Miley Cyrus on stage the MTV EMAs (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
UPDATE: The U.S. telecast of the MTV Europe Music Awards was edited, and did not include the footage of Miley Cyrus smoking what appeared to be a joint.
All eyes were on Miley Cyrus during the 2013 MTV European Music Awards, held in Amsterdam this Sunday. With her VMAs performance being one of the top music stories of this year, spectators held their collective breath, wondering what kind of controversy Cyrus would bring to the MTV stage on the other side of the pond. And Miley did not disappoint.
Cyrus was the winner of the biggest category of the night, Best Music Video, for her jaw-dropping, Terry Richardson-directed "Wrecking Ball." The leggy singer hit the stage in a high-cut leotard worthy of an '80s Jane Fonda workout video that left little to the imagination. We were puzzled as to why the singer also brought her Chanel clutch with her to the podium, but we soon found out.
Miley's speech was brief, pointing out that the EMA statuette couldn't fit in her streamlined purse. But apparently there was room in the clutch for a very suspicious-looking cigarette.
"I couldn't fit this award in my bag, but I did find this," Miley quipped, as she pulled out a stump of a smoke-able and lit up onstage.
Was that…was that what it appeared to be? The EMAs were held in Amsterdam, where "soft drugs" like marijuana are accepted. But for a foreigner smoke up onstage in a public venue, and on live television?
MTV clearly didn't approve. When the EMAs aired in the U.S. Sunday evening, the speech was clearly censored, with Miley barely getting in a line before the camera pans towards the audience. A quick cut later and she's already saying good-bye.
Other than the network's quick snip-snip, could Miley face any further trouble for her stunt? We dug deeper to see if Miley might be under fire for lighting up:
While marijuana is technically illegal in the Netherlands, a policy of tolerance was instated in the '70s for possession of less than five grams of cannabis. So as long as Miley's Chanel clutch isn't stuffed with marijuana, she's OK.
However, smoking in public has been banned since 2008. The tolerance policy only covers the popular "coffee shops" where marijuana is sold. The Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam is a public venue to ticketholders, so we're guessing smoking is not officially sanctioned there.
This isn't a surprise to hardcore Miley fans, as she has been singing her praises of marijuana (and salvia!) for years. On multiple occasions, Cyrus has been photographed smoking in various places, and she has even posted photos of herself smoking what appears to be marijuana on her own Instagram. In fact, Cyrus said she preferred marijuana to alcohol and even declared it the best drug on earth in her Rolling Stone cover feature from earlier this year.Before the show even started, Miley was spreading her love of marijuana to fellow EMAs performer Katy Perry, who tweeted:
To which Cyrus replied:
Then Perry said: