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Teen Choice Awards: Pole dancing, 'Twilight' butt-kissing, and censorship

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The Teen Choice Awards are a loud, fascinating beast. We’ve already presented your winners list, topped by Twilight, which took home 11 surfboards. (Or, left them in the parking lot. Who knows?) We’ve discussed Miley Cyrus’ use of a stripper pole during her performance (which we’re less surprised about now that we’ve seen her present the Ultimate Choice Award to her “hero,” Britney Spears) and, of course, Kathy Griffin taking Bristol Palin’s ex Levi Johnston as her date. All that’s left to debate — besides whether teens actually still use the words “twit” (winner Ellen DeGeneres) and “parental unit” (winner Billy Ray Cyrus), since I do — is whether Fox was right to cut from the telecast Dane Cook’s joke telling Vanessa Hudgens “Girl, you gots to keep your clothes on! Phones are for phone calls, girl!” One the one hand, Hudgens, as you can see in the clip below, didn’t exactly laugh at the shout-out. The newly leaked photos are said to be old, so presumably, she has learned her lesson, and the punchline itself is stale. On the other, Cook was presenting Choice Hottie to Megan Fox and Robert Pattinson (who sucked up in his acceptance speech, “The hottest teens to me are the Twilight fans”), so he was kinda on topic. I’m pretty sure teens who voted Chelsea Lately their Choice TV Late Night Show have heard much worse. And on a night when we’re celebrating Choice Movie Hissy Fit (Miley Cyrus, for Hannah Montana The Movie) and Choice Celebrity Baby (Honor Marie Warren, daughter of Jessica Alba and Cash Warren, in an upset!) maybe it’s okay to keep it real for, like, a second.

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