What a Twerk: Al Roker Applauds Kids Skipping School for ‘Education on Miley Cyrus’

Kids miss class for pop tart’s NBC ‘Education Nation’ concert

According to NBC’s Al Roker. there’s at least one good reason to skip school, and her name is Miley Cyrus. All twerk and no play, eh, Al?

After the shameless VMAs and SNL skits, NBC’s “Today” wanted a piece of Cyrus too, and hosted a concert for the former Disney darling. Co-host Al Roker introduced the event, noting the audience: “A lot of these kids are missing school right now, but they're going to get an education on Miley Cyrus.” Roker advertized Cyrus as “part of our fantastic concert series” and recognized the October 7 segment as the “kick-off” of NBC News' Education Nation.

NBC’s Education Nation is a self-described “nationally broadcast, in-depth conversation about improving education in America.”

As a part of this “education,” Cyrus sang “We can’t stop,” where she croons about “dancing with Molly” (a deadly “club drug”) – and added in, for good measure, a mix of VMA-style twerking, butt smacking and foam finger licking. For round two, Cyrus performed “Wrecking Ball,” the song attached to the (in)famous music video where she gets naked and makes out with a sledge hammer.

After her performance, Cyrus explained to NBC Host Matt Lauer, “For me the most important thing is being a really good person, and that doesn’t depend on what you do on stage.”


Lauer didn’t seem to mind, gushing at one point, “Everybody I’ve talked to about you, Miley, says this young lady has real talent. Bona fide talent.”

Yes, someone needs an education on Cyrus – but, this time, it’s not the kids.

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— Katie Yoder is Staff Writer, Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow in Culture and Media at the Media Research Center. Follow Katie Yoder on Twitter.