Courtesy of FilmagicHats off to Fox Sports for tracking down the single person who has not yet conveyed his disgust with Miley Cyrus's V.M.A. performance-59-year-old foam finger inventor Steve Chmelar-and reported his reaction to last Sunday's literally tongue-wagging spectacle.
Like most people in his age range, Chmelar did not learn of the V.M.A. performance until a relative posted about in on Facebook. And although Chmelar fancies himself more of a Julie Andrews fan, seriously-"If I had a choice between Julie Andrews singing 'The Sound of Music' and Miley Cyrus doing 'Can't Stop,'' he told Fox, "I'd go the Julie Andrews route."-he respects that "everyone has their choice and their decision." He adds of the racy performance, "For people that like that kind of entertainment, I'm sure that it met their needs."
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That being said, Chmelar does not necessarily approve of Cyrus incorporating his product-which he calls "an honorable icon"-into her lewd act. "I would say that it certainly misrepresented its intent to encourage team support," Chmelar said, in perhaps the best reactionary quote on this matter.
Although Chmelar claims to have made no money from his invention, which he constructed in his parents' Iowa garage with "galvanized hardware cloth, paper mache, spray paint and a red marker," and has no financial stake in its sales, Chmelar, who now works in construction supply sales, says that he is confident that the foam finger will carry on, fine reputation intact. "Fortunately, the foam finger has been around long enough that it will survive this incident."
The 59-year-old, who may or may not fully understand who Miley Cyrus is and what she is capable of, is less confident however, in the former Disney star's future. "As for Miley Cyrus, let's hope she can outlive this event and also survive."
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