More than a month after the 2013 Video Music Awards, and Miley is still a headline to be reckoned with. Emerging from the din of chatter, though, is, in the words of a recent New York Times piece, “a backlash against the backlash.” Whether you think her performance was lewd, a springboard for a conversation about female sexuality or just Miley being Miley, one thing is undisputed: she’s been driving traffic. Her new video for “Wrecking Ball” has already racked up more than 180 million views on YouTube alone, and news stories about the young performer are drawing eyeballs. People are intrigued and interested.
Etching Miley and her notorious VMA performance further into the pop culture dialogue, the superstar appeared on Saturday Night Live this weekend, having fun with the fact that she’s such a hot topic in the news, even amid a government shutdown. The cold open, which re-imagines Miley backstage at this year’s VMA, features Tina Fey and Keenan Thompson, who remember Miley’s VMA performance as the moment that destroyed the U.S.A. See the SNL clip in the video above.