Celebs Who Support Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance

So when the humor website published a fake memo Monday from an executive at CNN.com justifying prominent homepage placement of Miley Cyrus dirty dancing at MTVs VIdeo Music Awards, it wasnt difficult to comprehend the underlying anger. Get Cnn News and alerts free to your inbox The Onion condemned the Cyrus coverage not only as a disservice to readers but to the hundreds of thousands people dying in Syria, those suffering from the current unrest in Egypt. The inference is that those unquestionably more important stories are more suitable to the top of the homepage. But were the Onion a real news organization, it might understand a more complicated truth behind the uneasy coexistence of Cyrus and Syria in modern digital newsrooms: Its difficult to subsist on substantive journalism without some help from more crowd-pleasing content. Dont tell that to the Onion, which seems to think its already figured out what motivates a CNN editor to give prime exposure to Cyrus antics. If were able to get more eyeballs, that means Ive done my job, which gets me congratulations from my bosses, which encourages me to put up even more stupid bullshit on the homepage, reads the memo, which carries the faux byline of real-life CNN.com managing editor Meredith Artley. In one fell swoop, the Onion chalks up the decision to a mix of ego, greed and job preservation. Were it only that simple. What the Onion does get right is that an editor in Artleys position must be cognizant of the business model underlying CNN.com and most other websites: maximizing advertising revenues is dependent on maximizing traffic. And so like Cyrus herself, journalists toiling online find themselves occasionally twerking uncomfortably close to the groin of their employers financial goals. Thats a pressure that has existed long before the Internet, but has certainly been accentuated by the analytics that give publishing companies detailed feedback of how content performs in a way the print world couldnt. While thats great for understanding what does or doesnt resonate with users, the sad fact of the matter is that the quality journalism so near and dear to editors hearts is often not what drives traffic.
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His past work includes designing the Beastie Boys’ Brooklyn Dust Elephant emblem, as well as creating The Source magazine’s logo. PHOTOS:Miley Cyrus’ Most Controversial Moments While James’ work is typically focused on colorful paintings and installations with a slight Japanese street-art bend, he told The Hollywood Reporter how his moment of grizzly VMA greatness came about and how the 20-foot tall background bear, 12 bubble gum pink dancing bears and six twerking bear suits came to life. “The director, who directed Miley’s [“We Can’t Stop”] video, is Diane Martel– she’s an old friend of mine and we worked together a lot,” the 44-year-old artist said over the phone. “She just called me and was like ‘Hey, MTV wants me to direct a segment and I want to use elements from the video. I want to do a giant bear and some dancing bears that I want you to do in your style. Are you interested?'” “I was interested.” Being able to contribute to this year’s VMAs felt like “the stars aligned,” said the artist, especially since he was able to collaborate with Martel while his good friend KAWS(aka fellow pop art-flavored contemporary artist Brian Donnely) worked on redesigning MTV’s iconicMoonman. PHOTOS: MTV VMAs: Music’s Biggest Stars Hit the Red Carpet Since Martel hit up James about the project less than a month before the VMAs was set to take place, he created a few sketches of a giant teddy bear with digital goggles and the “twerking” bears strapped to the Cyrus’ background dancers. Once Cyrus and Martel gave the go ahead, he went to work. Despite the small amount of time available to prep for the big night, James worked with fabricators at Brooklyn-based 11th St. Workshop to help make his designs come to life. While the construction of the bears was based in New York, James worked via email with theL.A.-based Martel to find the right fabric on the West Coast.
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28, 2013 Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images Miley Cyrus raised eyebrows with her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday, but not everyone was offended. Several celebrities, from Justin Timberlake to Selena Gomez, have spoken out in support of the “We Can’t Stop” singer ( and self-proclaimed pro-twerker ). Click through to see who was a fan of her big number. Fox/Getty Images Billy Ray Cyrus Some might have expected the singer’s famous father, Billy Ray Cyrus, to criticize his daughter’s performance, but the “Achy Breaky Heart” crooner took the opposite approach. “Of course, I’ll always be here for Miley. Can’t wait to see her when she gets home,” he told “Entertainment Tonight.” “She’s still my little girl and I’m still her dad regardless how this circus we call show business plays out. I love her unconditionally and that will never change.” His wife, Tish Cyrus, ( with whom he recently reconciled ), seemingly feels the same way, and was shown applauding in the crowd after her daughter was finished. Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images Justin Timberlake For many, Justin Timberlake’s performance was one of the highlights of the VMAs, and he doesn’t understand why viewers aren’t saying the same about Cyrus’. “It’s the VMAs. You know what I mean, like, it’s not the Grammys,” he told New York City radio station Hot 97 . “We’re talking about Madonna in a wedding dress humping the stage, we’re talking about Britney doing a striptease.
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