It was just too good to be true.
While Miley Cyrus did indeed give a jaw-dropping risque performance alongside Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night, the widely-disseminated image of Will Smith's family's seemingly horrified reaction to it was not, in fact, to be.
The Smith family -- Will, wife Jada Pinkett-Smith, and kids Jaden and Willow -- was actually watching Lady Gaga perform and seemed to be enjoying the show. What looked like an open-mouthed gape from daughter Willow was actually because she was chewing gum. Pinkett-Smith seemed to be scratching her nose, not covering her mouth in disbelief.
Image source: MTV
You can see it for yourself at about the 3:04:17 mark on MTV's full webstream of the show. Later, starting at the 3:17:30 mark, the Smith family seems to be enjoying and applauding Cyrus' performance.
Or catch the moment below:
The image spread far and wide over social media Sunday night and Monday morning, and was featured and reported as an example of the shock that followed Cyrus' performance on TheBlaze as well as on BuzzFeed, Fox News, MSNBC, Business Insider, the Daily Mail, Us Magazine and Yahoo! News.