Steve Chmelar, who created the first 'No. 1' giant finger when he was 16, says that the former Disney star degrades the 'honorable icon that is seen in sporting venues everywhere.'
Miley Cyrus' MTV Video Music Award performance has drawn criticism from everyone, including fellow celebrities, parents, and now the inventor of foam finger Steve Chmelar. "She took an honorable icon that is seen in sporting venues everywhere and degraded it," Chmelar told Fox News.
"For people that like that kind of entertainment, I'm sure that it met their needs," Chmelar continued. "If I had choice between Julie Andrews singing 'The Sound of Music' and Miley Cyrus doing 'Can't Stop', I'd go the Julie Andrews route, but everyone has their choice and their decision."
"Fortunately, the foam finger has been around long enough that it will survive this incident," the 59-year-old VP of commercial sales at a construction supply company added. "As for Miley Cyrus, let's hope she can outlive this event and also survive."
The then-16-year-old Chmelar created the original "No. 1" hand to support his Iowa high school basketball team. Chmelar's original finger was made of papier-mache and hardware cloth and inspired Geral Foss to create a foam version.
The foam finger was first sold at the 1978 Cotton Bowl game between Notre Dame and Texas, and it has been appearing at sporting events ever since.
As everyone knows, Cyrus used a giant "No. 1" foam finger when performing at MTV's annual award-giving show on Sunday, August 25. She used the artificial fingers to demonstrate some R-rated actions onstage, including touching Robin Thicke's private area.