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Foam Finger Inventor Not Happy: Miley Cyrus ‘Degraded’ an ‘Honorable Icon’

No, this is not an Onion article. And no, apparently, #MileyGate is not yet over for everyone.

Reacting to Miley Cyrus‘ widely-panned, sexually-charged Sunday night MTV Video Music Awards performance the inventor of the foam finger slammed the 20-year-old performer for dishonoring his product by using it for such gratuitous sexual innuendo.

“She took an honorable icon that is seen in sporting venues everywhere and degraded it,” Iowa resident Steve Chmelar told Fox Sports. “Fortunately, the foam finger has been around long enough that it will survive this incident.”

Chmelar invented the popular sports paraphernalia item in 1971, which would later go on to mass production in 1978. Since then, the foam finger is seen at pretty much every major sporting event and, most recently, between Cyrus’ thighs on-stage at the Barclays Center.

In addition to degrading his invention, Chmelar worried that Cyrus has ruined herself: “Let’s hope she can outlive this event and also survive.”

He prefers a more wholesome style of music: “If I had a choice between Julie Andrews singing ‘The Sound of Music’ and Miley Cyrus doing ‘Can’t Stop,’ I’d go the Julie Andrews route, but everyone has their choice and their decision.”

Relive those terrifying moments the foam finger was forever ruined for all below, via MTV:

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