In a photo that was widely circulated on Twitter Sunday night, the Smith family was seen peering up in horror at Miley Cyrus’ twerktastic bear-spanking culture bomb at the VMAs in Brooklyn, their faces expressing what the entire world was thinking at the moment.
Or so it would appear! Huffington Post clipped feed from the MTV audience cam, which showed the Smith family watching not Cyrus but Lady Gaga, and looking none too shocked about it.*
Embedded in its context, what looked like frightened awe is revealed to be simply a still shot of the family kinda-enjoying Gaga’s performance. The open-mouth gasps were actually gum chewing, and what appeared to be one onlooker covering her mouth in disbelief was just her scratching her face.
Here’s the photo:
And here’s a gif from the cam:
This is not to take away from the other, indisputably shocked reactions to Cyrus’ performance.
* RT if you’re old enough to remember when Lady Gaga was shocking.
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