Although the show drew more than 2 million viewers, it also drew a handful of complaints. And apparently, those three complaints were enough to prompt the Federal Communications Commission to investigate and determine whether Cyrus’ show violated its rules against profanity and indecency, The Hollywood Reporter reports.
Rolling Stone reported on Wednesday that the FCC confirmed it had received complaints and was deciding whether to take further action.
Cyrus, who got her start as the Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana, has shed her squeaky-clean Disney image with incidents ranging from a topless photo posted on Instagram to a rumored drug overdose, which she denied happened. She was up to her usual antics during the July 6 TV special, shot in Barcelona, Spain, and Lisbon, Portugal, earlier this year — suggestive dances, sexy outfits and not-so-kid-friendly language. Her sexy dance with a man dressed as Abraham Lincoln is the subject of one of the complaints.
“She was dressed more in line with a video geared towards MTV,” it read. “Her performance was impropriate [sic] for broadcast TV, as she grinded along there was a costumed performer depicting President Lincoln following behind her and alongside her and the character acted quite lecherous even patting her on the backside. Very patriotic for the 4th ya think?”
And viewers found plenty more to take issue with during Cyrus’ show that was rated PG-13/TV-14.
“I am offended, appalled and ready to start taking public action to remove this garbage from our televisions,” one wrote.
Another complained, “Very graphic and disturbing for a Sunday evening 9 pm summertime broadcast.”
The Hollywood Reporter said a spokesperson for NBC declined to say anything about the show, and Cyrus’ reps didn’t respond to requests for comment.