By now, many have seen former Disney star Miley Cyrus' racy performance at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night.
Glenn Beck and his radio co-hosts Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere were among many other public personalities discussing the sexually-charged spectacle on Monday, and the trio harkened back to an interview Beck did with Cyrus' father in 2007 in discussing the potential root of the issue.
"Are you at all concerned?" Beck asked the young star's father, Billy Ray Cyrus, at the time. "I mean, the odds of Miley turning into Ron Howard -- meaning sane -- pretty low. Living in Los Angeles, being a child star -- hello? Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, name a million others..."
Cyrus was confident that his daughter had a "great head on her shoulders" and a "great heart." He also explained that he tries to be her "best friend," while letting his wife act as the disciplinarian.
"I taught them how to build a good snowman, how to ride a motorcycle, how to ride a horse, how to roast a wiener properly over a fire, and a good marshmallow," Cyrus explained. "...But discipline I always left up to the mama. She was really, really good at that. That never was -- I never was really good at that."
"This is driving me crazy...What is that from you then?" Beck interrupted. "...I don't mean to be crass here -- are you a cowardly guy?"
Watch more from the exchange, below (skip to around 3:30 for relevant comments):
Reflecting on the 2007 interview on Monday, Beck and his co-hosts acknowledged that Cyrus has certainly walked a tightrope between sheltering his daughter and recognizing her enormous potential, but asserted that "you need a really strong father figure" to act as a guide through the perils of Hollywood.
How does a "buddy" father respond to a performance like Sunday's, they asked?
"Hey buddy, I saw your performance last night, good job," was one option. "I'm not going to say it was bad but you can talk to me about it," was another.
Watch the entire clip from Beck's morning radio show, below:
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