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Miley Cyrus’ Performance at the VMAs Offends Guy Who Invented the Foam Finger

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Over the past few days, pretty much everyone who felt insulted by Miley Cyrus‘ eyebrow-raising performance at the VMAs has talked about it. But here’s one you probably didn’t expect: bitter words from the guy who invented the foam finger. (Yes, the media has now officially exhausted this story.)

As you’ll recall, Miley brought the sports staple on stage with her Sunday night and treated it with more intimacy than some people treat a spouse. And Steve Chmelar, who created the foam finger in 1971 when he was just 16, wasn’t very happy about it.

“She took an honorable icon that is seen in sporting venues everywhere and degraded it,” the now 59-year-old Chmelar griped to Fox Sports.

“For people that like that kind of entertainment, I’m sure that it met their needs, [but] if I had a choice between Julie Andrews singing ‘The Sound of Music’ and Miley Cyrus doing ‘Can’t Stop,’ I’d go the Julie Andrews route.”

But at least he’s keeping the big picture in mind.

“Fortunately, the foam finger has been around long enough that it will survive this incident,” Chmelar said, rather graciously adding, “As for Miley Cyrus, let’s hope she can outlive this event and also survive.”

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