"Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski took her disgust over Miley Cyrus's MTV Video Music Awards performance to the "Today Show" Tuesday, where she insisted that "somebody needs to be fired" at MTV over the performance.
"There's pushing the envelope and there's raunchy porn that's disgusting and disturbing, and seeing a 20-year-old you woman in the process of her undoing," Brzezinski said, later adding. "I don't want to see it. Don't show it here on my segment here with you guys. Please don't show it."
Brzezinski had already aired her displeasure with the performance on her own show Monday, suggesting that Cyrus had an eating disorder (Brzezinski recently authored a book about her own weight struggles), and Tuesday devoting another segment to her concerns. On the "Today Show" however she got some pushback from co-host Matt Lauer.
"The only thing that surprises me is that we're surprised. She is a paid performer trying to bridge the gap between adolescent star and adult star," He said, "She's on the most provocative award show of the year, but the fact that we're in the media surprised by it is ridiculous."
While outrage over the sexual nature of Cyrus's performance has been far and away the most common concern in the media, others have raised issue with its racial undertones. Some have also turned their frustration on the media itself, pointing out that Robin Thicke – who dueted his controversial hit "Blurred Lines" with Cyrus at the VMAs – has more or less escaped scrutiny for his involvement, despite being much older, married and a father.
Meanwhile, Cyrus has seen a boost in her sales and social media presence since the VMAs. The performance broke the Twitter record for most tweets per minute and pre-sales for her upcoming album "Bangerz" are shooting up the charts.