NEW YORK (AP) — Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards were peppered with commercials warning young adults about the dangers of drugs — but during the show itself, drug references were almost as predominant as the music.
Here’s a look at six times drugs were mentioned during the live show, hosted by its main pusher, Miley Cyrus.
uTaking a page from Ellen DeGeneres’ book and using a selfie stick to take a massive photo of herself and others, Cyrus told the audience, “Everyone say, ‘Marijuana!’”
uIn a skit, Cyrus grubs on pot brownies backstage with marijuana maven Snoop Dogg.
uDuring a typical Kanye West rant as he accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Yeezus informs the audience that, “Yes, I rolled up a little something” before taking the stage.
uFollowing West’s speech, Cyrus offered tips on smoking etiquette to the rapper: “Bro, there is some award show etiquette, I mean, pass that (joint).”
uIn another skit, Cyrus’ father, Billy Ray Cyrus, says goodnight to his daughter and friends and they begin lighting up what appears to be marijuana.
uCyrus, who said MTV wouldn’t let her perform but allowed her to host instead after the disastrous 2013 VMAs, closed the 2015 show with a performance of new song called “Dooo It!” It starts with a statement of the obvious, “Yeah, I smoke pot.”
uBONUS: Backstage after the VMAs ended, Cyrus had a lit joint and passed it around to photographers. “Because you’re all my friends, and my song is kinda, sorta about the love of marijuana and the love of humankind, I brought a little joint if anyone would like any. Anyone?”