Steve Chmelar developed the go-to prop of many a sports fan as a 16-year-old to support his high school basketball team. Little did the now-59-year-old think that his beloved invention would someday feel up Robin Thicke’s lower regions.
“I would say that it certainly misrepresented its intent to encourage team support,” Steve told Fox News of Miley’s controversial gig on Sunday. “She took an honorable icon that is seen in sporting venues everywhere and degraded it.”
In Miley’s defense, the finger that shocked the world is not technically the same one seen at sporting events. According to Yahoo! Music, stylist Lisa Katnic developed Miley’s all-white, red painted nails version more than a year ago. It was suppose to appear in an editorial shoot but was cut at the last minute only to make its debut in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” music video.
In case you’re worried about the reputation of the foam finger in general, Steve has a positive outlook: "Fortunately, the foam finger has been around long enough that it will survive this incident. As for Miley Cyrus, let's hope she can outlive this event and also survive."