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PREACH IT! Miley Cyrus grinds away at that annoying good-girl cage

May 12, 2010 |  4:15 pm

Cyrus-shankman-liam-webFor a while now, Miley Cyrus has been trying to break out of her sparkly pink Barbie straitjacket and get a little dirty. Her initial efforts have not served her well.

First she spent a few unfortunate seconds next to a pole during a Teen Choice Awards performance -- a decision that put her daddy on the defensive.

Then she signed on for the Nicholas Sparks vehicle “The Last Song,” promising to play an “out there” character with serious “issues.” But instead we got an essentially nice girl who shoplifted once, totally regrets it and now wants nothing more than to rescue little baby sea turtles.

Now, turns out, those last bits were just practice. Cyrus has officially bent all of her dark will toward Britnification, and her redoubled effort is finally starting to pay off. First she released an official video for the single "Can't Be Tamed." Miley goes the standard route, gyrating with both girls and guys, dancing some Britney Spears-style choreography, rocking the cleavage, thrashing on her back. And just in case her message isn't clear enough, Cyrus plays the part of a rare bird. Who breaks out of her cage. Get it? Get it? GET IT?

And today comes the final step in Miley’s matriculation. A second video has emerged ...

... a much less official one, courtesy of TMZ. The video was shot last summer, during the wrap party for "The Last Song." In what appears to be surreptitiously shot footage, Miley does some serious grinding with her 45-year-old producer, Adam Shankman.

For the record, it’s how millions of teenage girls dance at private parties when they know their parents aren’t around. But for Cyrus, who got famous splitting her time between a Disney kids show and proclaiming her love for Jesus on Twitter, the video is an official scandal.

Mazel tov, Miley! Our little girl has struggled for months to prove she really is teen jailbait, and now she’s finally proved it. Let’s celebrate with another party! Don’t forget your camera phone.

-- Leslie Gornstein

Photo: Miley Cyrus with boyfriend-costar Liam Hemsworth, left, and producer Adam Shankman at the premiere of "The Last Song" in Hollywood on March 25, 2010. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images. 

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