Oh boy. Where do we even begin?
When Miley Cyrus first hosted SNL in 2011, she was a fresh-faced teenager with Disney Princess hair and middling name recognition among the over-18 set. (Hannah Montana‘s finale had aired just two months before.)
Sure, Cyrus’s reputation wasn’t exactly squeaky clean — not after her Teen Choice Awards pole dance, or that videotaped bong rip. But when Cyrus addressed her growing pains in a cheeky musical monologue, she seemed no different from countless former child stars who had followed similar rebellious trajectories. Plus, as she reminded us in song, it’s not like she had ever done anything illegal or truly harmful: “I never stole a necklace or got a DUI/Never cheated on my wife like that golfer guy/So what, you can see a little boob from the side?/I’m sorry that I’m not perfect.”
Flash forward two years, and Cyrus has gone from slightly wild child to professional provocateur. She still hasn’t been arrested — though perhaps someone should sue her for monopolizing the cultural conversation for the past two months. (Since the VMAs on August 26, EW.com alone has published 47 stories with headlines including the words “Miley Cyrus” or “Miley.” Er, make that 48.)
All of which means that when Miley returns to SNL tonight, the only thing we should really expect is the unexpected. (And sideboob.) That said, here are a few talking points:
- Is anyone brave enough to attempt a Miley Tongue-Watch drinking game — every time she sticks it out, you have to take a swig? Caution: In some instances, serious injury or death may occur.
- You guys, Vanessa Bayer has been waiting for this moment literally all summer long. Who’s pumped for the return of the Miley Cyrus show?
- Sinead, Sinead, Sinead. (And yes, those are links to three separate open letters.) She’s the Irish elephant in the room; how will Cyrus address their feud? Might she rip apart a photo of O’Connor onscreen, a la Sinead in October 1992 — about six weeks before Miley was born?
- There is little to no chance of O’Connor making up with Cyrus on live TV — but other cameos will certainly be in order. Who might drop by, besides a crew of drugged-out Care Bears?
- Does a government shutdown mean no lame attempts at political comedy this week?
Air your thoughts below, and check back tomorrow morning for a full recap.