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Gall-vanized: How Miley Cyrus brought us together

There were many “moments” at last Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, but one stood out. Let’s call it the tipping point.

Miley Cyrus, the 20-year-old pop star, ex-Disney Channel princess, and aspiring Gene Simmons impersonator, was doing what so many VMA performers had done before her: floating an absent half-performance atop a confounding clamor of backup dancers, backing tracks, and pulsing lights.

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