Miley Cyrus is under fire for getting slapped with the Mexican flag on her backside during a concert on Tuesday — an act that could potentially land her in jail.
During one point in the singer’s Monterrey show, which fell on Mexico’s Independence Day, she donned a fake prosthetic butt and had dancers whip her behind with the flag.
Cyrus is now being investigated by government officials, as the country has laws protecting “national emblems, the flag and the national anthem.”
At least one local politician, Francisco Trevino Cabello of the conservative National Action Party, has already come out accusing the pop star of “desecration.”
The Nuevo Leon state congress, of which Cabello is a member, unanimously voted to request sanctions from the Interior Ministry.
Punishment for acts deemed disrespectful of the flag include fines and up to 36 hours in jail.
Though there are conflicting reports as to whether Cyrus or the concert promoter would ultimately be held responsible, a case against her would not be without precedent.
In 2007, singer Paulina Rubio, who is from Mexico, was reportedly fined $4,000 for appearing in a magazine with the flag draped around her naked body.
Similarly, Argentinians were outraged last year when Justin Bieber appeared to kick the country’s flag off the stage during a concert, though the issue died down after he made an apology.
As for Cyrus, this latest controversy comes nearly one month after she was forced to cancel a Bangerz concert in the Dominican Republic when the government banned her from performing there as scheduled on moral grounds.
The star, who was to perform again in Monterrey on Wednesday and has two other concerts lined up in Mexico this weekend, also returned to spitting water on fans during the eyebrow-raising performance.
Gossip Cop has reached out to a rep for the star for comment.
She struggled to come to terms with her pup Floyd’s sudden death at the hands of a coyote in April of this year.
But while Miley Cyrus has managed to get on with life and her popular Bangerz tour, she certainly hasn’t forgotten her beloved pooch.
And on Tuesday evening the pop princess once again paid tribute to Floyd while on stage at Arena Monterrey, Mexico in her own unique Miley way.
First up she wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the words RIP FLOYD emblazoned across it.
She later slipped into a bomber jacket featuring the beautiful dog’s face, some sequins and fur sleeves (that was our particular favourite).
And finally she also played a video of Floyd dressed in astronaut’s outfit while flying through space – we couldn’t have thought of a more fitting tribute if we tried.
Earlier this year Miley got a tattoo in memory of the dog, as did a group of her friends while at a house party.
It was previously thought the Wrecking Ball star had hired a dog psychic to help her get over his death.
Speaking about the process Hollywood animal medium Melissa Bacelar said: “It was particularly hard as [Miley] wasn’t there when Floyd died, so there would have been a huge amount of guilt.
“I connect with the dog telepathically. Some will give me actual words but, most of the time, I will get images and feelings, which I then pass on to the owner.”
Ashish gets us, plain and simple. Every season we look forward to scoping out their high-glamour streetwear (and Beyonce-themed ensembles) at London Fashion Week, but for their Spring/Summer 2015 collection, Ashish has officially outdone themselves. Not only are they the only brand to use all-black models on their runway, but they always find a way to squeeze in a killer pop-culture homage (or two!) into their collection.
Ashish created the most badass outfit ever by pairing a Miley Cyrus-inspired sweater with jeans covered in middle fingers and cigarette packs inscribed with the words “F*** off.”
Miley’s nominated for “Best Pop” at this years MTV EMA’s which will be held in Glasgow on November 9th.