Miley Cyrus will have to pay for her bold moves on the stage this week in Mexico, where her sold-out show included being spanked – or pretending to be – with the national flag.
On Thursday, the Nuevo León state legislature unanimously agreed to require the Secretary of the Interior to sanction the singer for her lack of respect to the flag of Mexico, El Universal newspaper reports.
Because the infringement was not conducted for profit, the 21-year-old singer will be fined with the minimum penalty prescribed by law: 16,000 pesos (about $1,200).
Cyrus shocked the audience Tuesday at the Arena Monterey during her kickoff concert of the Mexican leg of her Bangerz Tour. In addition to her usual shenanigans of twerking, dancing and sex act simulations, at one point she got on stage with a fake booty and had a backup dancer slap her butt with the beloved Mexican tricolor.
"In the first of two concerts of Miley Cyrus in Monterrey (Nuevo León’s capital), an act of disrespect to our national symbols took place during her show, when one of the dancers hit her on her backside with a Mexican flag," reads the text approved by lawmakers.
Cyrus’ debut performance immediately blew up on social media and, the next day, on the traditional media outlets across Mexico.
"It is offensive that this young girl disrespected our flag and that we promote this type of entertainment, on which we lose something that is so engrained in ourselves, our sense of patriotism, respect, what unites us and characterizes us,” said the National Union of Parents’ president, Consuelo Mendoza García. “Especially on this month of September,” she said, alluding to the September 16 anniversary of Mexican independence.
During the concert, Cyrus also gulped down some water and spit it at her fans – which was first met with shouts of joy, then disgust.
"It is very sad that an artist comes from another country to disrespect our patriotic symbols now that we are so in need of living in a civilized way and take that to the schools," Mendoza García said.