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Foam finger inventor: Miley Cyrus 'degraded an honorable icon'

The man credited with inventing the foam finger is not Miley Cyrus' No. 1 fan.
By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   Aug. 29, 2013 at 2:12 PM   |   Comments

Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Iowa native Steve Chmelar, who is credited with inventing the foam finger is not the No. 1 fan of Miley Cyrus' performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Chmelar. 59, created the foam finger prototype in 1971. They went on to be mass-produced by Geral Fauss in 1978.

He said he did not like the infamy his invention came to after Cyrus' salacious performance shone a new light on the foam finger.

"She took an honorable icon that is seen in sporting venues everywhere and degraded it," Chmelar said.

"Fortunately, the foam finger has been around long enough that it will survive this incident."

"For people who like that kind of entertainment, I'm sure that it met their needs," Chmelar said. "As for Miley Cyrus, let's hope she can outlive this event and also survive."

The foam finger Miley wore was created by Lisa Katnic for an editorial shoot, but was not used. It eventually made an appearance in the Robin Thicke's music video for "Blurred Lines," and then in Cyrus' performance with Thicke of the same song.

According to Katnic's comments on Instagram, Cyrus was such a fan of the foam finger that she took it home with her.

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