Kelly Clarkson Disses Miley Cyrus? Singer Describes VMAs Performers as “Pitchy Strippers”

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After watching a couple of clips from the 2013 MTV VMAs, Kelly Clarkson dissed the performers as "pitchy strippers"  Dave Hogan/Getty Images

Selena Gomez might have thought Miley Cyrus' performance at the MTV Video Music Awards was "amazing," but Kelly Clarkson is not so easily impressed. The "Dark Side" singer, 31, tweeted a pretty harsh (but humorous) review of the Sunday, Aug. 25, show — and though she didn't call out Cyrus or any other performer by name, her tweet spoke volumes.

"Just saw a couple performances from the VMAs last night," the engaged American Idol alum wrote on Monday, Aug. 26. "2 words…#pitchystrippers."

Stripping was arguably the least vulgar part of Cyrus' raunchy duet with "Blurred Lines" singer Robin Thicke. After peeling away her one piece bodysuit to reveal a nude-colored bra and underwear set, the 20-year-old "We Can't Stop" singer proceeded to grind against Thicke suggestively while making obscene gestures with a foam finger.

"Things I learned from watching the #VMAs2013: There's nothing you can do with a foam finger that you can't air on MTV," Dawson's Creek alum James Van Der Beek tweeted of the show.

Quipped Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson: "I just watched the #VMAs & I know I'm going to have nightmares about Miley Cyrus playing a tiny harp where her 'red light area' is."

Cyrus' former TV mom Brooke Shields weighed in, too. Appearing on the Today show several hours after the star's watercooler-worthy performance, Shields joked: "I was Hannah Montana's mother. I do not approve."

"I just want to know who's advising her, and why it's necessary. I mean, the whole finger thing, and the hand…Robin [Thicke] probably at that point was going, 'I don't think this is a good idea,'" the 48-year-old actress said. "[Our children] can't watch that. I feel like it's a bit desperate."

(Incidentally, Shields is a former child star herself and no stranger to controversy. In 1978, when she was 12, she appeared nude in the movie Pretty Baby; three years later, she made headlines for her racy Calvin Klein ads.)

Of course, Cyrus wasn't the only one who stripped onstage during the VMAs. Lady Gaga, who opened the show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, also took off her clothes in the name of art. By the end of her performance, she was wearing little more than a seashell bra and matching thong.

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