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Miley Cyrus pays tribute to MJ in '23' video

Luis Gomez

About Last Night

4:28 PM CDT, September 24, 2013

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Maybe this explains where Miley Cyrus got her protruding tongue from?

The former Disney star-turned-tabloid fodder is decked out in a scantily clad Michael Jordan jersey and shorts in producer Mike Will's NSFW music video for his song “23,” which also features rappers Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J.

Cyrus does her best Trina impression during her rap verse, but it's hard to take her rhyming seriously. She's in a high school in the video smoking in the girl’s bathroom and writing "#23" on the mirror in lipstick.

The song references Jordan’s shoe line, the flu game, “Space Jam" and his trademark tongue, but doesn’t include an appearance from Jordan himself. Maybe he was busy that day.

I know it’s way too trendy to pile on the 20-year-old Cyrus, who is clearly going through a stage, but it's hard to look the other way on this one. All the rap cliches in this video made me feel like I was watching one of Andy Samberg’s “SNL” digital short videos.

Also, what is Juicy J doing hanging out in a high school? The guy is 38 years old.

lgomez@tribune.com