Mika Brzezinski is the latest person to slam Miley Cyrus's controversial performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. The Morning Joe host criticized the "We Can't Stop" singer's sexy dancing during the ceremony.
"I thought that was really, really disturbing," Brzezinski said. "That young lady, who is 20, is obviously deeply troubled, deeply disturbed, clearly has confidence issues, probably has an eating disorder. And I don't think anybody should've put her up on stage. That was disgusting and embarrassing."
Cyrus' duet of "Blurred Lines" with Robin Thicke during the show quickly went viral. The former Disney star donned a nude body suit and twerked and grinded all over Thicke's body.
"That was not attractive," Brzezinski added. "That was not fun, that was not funny, and that was really, really bad for anybody who's younger and impressionable."
Watch video of Mika Brzezinski's rant against Miley Cyrus below.
The host also called out the media's coverage of the story. She even added that someone at MTV should be fired for allowing the performance in the first place.
"The people around her who are making money off her are morally bankrupt, if not worse," she said on Tuesday's Morning Joe. "MTV should be ashamed of themselves, and quite frankly all of us in the media, we are adults and we know right and wrong. We don't need to cover this story just to put the video up and ask the question and hide behind the questions so we can show the video and make money off of it. It's wrong what happened. That was disgusting. It was really bad for our children. It was way over the line and everybody should say it and no one should show it."
Watch video of this moment below.
And Brzezinski did not only blame MTV for Cyrus' VMA performance. She also called out Robin Thicke on her Twitter page.
"Denounce MTV AND Robin Thicke repeatedly," she wrote. "Robin, you ruined that song. Turned it off when driving my kids and it came on radio. #poormiley"
Brzezinski continued her rant against the VMAs during an appearance on TODAY. She even demanded that producers not re-air footage of the performance.
"There's pushing the envelope and there's porn, there's raunchy porn that's disgusting and disturbing and seeing ... a 20-year-old young woman literally in the process of her undoing and everyone clapping for it and being disturbed by it and talking about it and showing it, which I hope we don't," Brzezinski said. "Don't show it here on my segment, please."
Matt Lauer, who was also a panelist during the segment, defended Cyrus' actions. Both he and fellow panelist Star Jones noted that the VMAs are known for these sexualized performances. Robin Thicke's father, actor Alan Thicke, actually made a similar point on his Twitter page earlier this week.
"The only thing that surprises me is that we're surprised," Lauer said. "She is a paid performer trying to bridge the gap between adolescent star and adult star. 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."
Watch Lauer, Jones, and Brzezinski debate Miley Cyrus' VMA performance in the video below.