You've heard of Miley Cyrus? This is what she has said
about her Bangerz tour, which came to the Staples Center on Saturday night: "Even though parents probably won't like this, my show is educational for the kids - they're going to be exposed to art most people don't know about."
She was pretty much right. There was a midget dressed like the Liberty Bell, 50 foot high images of phallic candy, and Miley herself humping a giant hot dog sailing above the crowd.
It was a pretty good show.
See also: Our slideshow from the performance
For much of the latter half of 2013 critics, parents, celebrity-obsessives and just about everyone else debated Cyrus' merits; she was charged with racial appropriation
, being a bad role model, and being a pawn of the system. But unlike her contemporaries that are spinning out of control - most prominently, her lookalike Justin Bieber - Cyrus somehow has kept her act together. Of course, she has the bad habit of sexualizing the shit out of everything (more on that later), but that doesn't mean she isn't a blast in concert.
The show opened with a giant projection of her, crazy-eyed, like a ventriloquist's dummy. Her mouth then opened wide, releasing a giant, pink slide shaped like a tongue, which she proceeded to slide down.
Kind of a subtle "fuck you" to everyone who complains about her always sticking her tongue out, and indeed the 'screw the haters' theme was strong throughout the night.
In glittery red granny panties and cowboy boots, she kicked things off with "SMS (Bangerz)."
The stage was bursting with color and movement with Ren and Stimpy
-style cartoons - some depicting grotesque versions of Miley - flashing on the screen. (Indeed, the show's creator was behind the tour artwork).
She was accompanied by her twerk team, the L.A. Bakers
, a midget, a gang of multi-colored fuzzy animals, and Amazon Ashley, the 6-and-a half-foot-tall black dancer whose butt Cyrus has controversially taken to spanking - which she did on Saturday night as well.