Much like her MTV Video Music Awards performance in August, Miley Cyrus' "SNL" hosting gig over the weekend was filled with twerking, tongue wagging, teddy bears, and half shirts.
But this time Cyrus, 20, was in on the joke.
Saturday's episode of the sketch comedy show started out with a look at a post-apocalyptic America in 2045
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"Most folks say it was the government shutdown. Others blame Obamacare. But I remember the exact day America ended: it was the 2013 Video Music Awards," "SNL" cast member Kenan Thompson said.
The camera then cut to a flashback of Cyrus preparing to go onstage at said VMAs, but while she's sticking out her tongue and posing in her teddy bear leotard, she's visited by "Old Miley" ("SNL" cast member Vanessa Bayer), who warns her not to perform.
"Why do you keep doing that thing with your tongue?" Old Miley asks.
"I'm having tiny strokes, yo!" Cyrus responds.
Old Miley worries that the revealing costume, sexualized dance moves, and stuffed animal props "might be too controversial," but present-day Cyrus explains that she's just experimenting and learning.
"I'm only 20 years old, I need some freedom to grow up and make mistakes," she said. "And no matter what happens, I promise I'll always be true to Miley Cyrus."
Another skit that drew rave reviews was Cyrus' parody of her music video for "We Can't Stop." The epic house party that's featured in the original version was spoofed in a song called "We Did Stop (The Government)," where Republicans like Rep. Michele Bachmann (Cyrus) and House Speaker John Boehner (Taran Killam in tight white leggings) celebrate the shutdown.
A sampling of lyrics: "La da di da di / Republican Party / reppin' GOP / doin' whatever we want / This is our House / This is our rules / And we did stop… the government / And we did stop… shut that down.
"To my government workers on the furlough / Even though you're already paid low / Remember only God can judge us / Forget the haters / Because somebody elected us."
During the show, Cyrus also performed two stripped-down versions of her hits "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball."
Overall, Cyrus received positive reviews from media outlets and even a few celebs.
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