MEXICO CITY —- Miley Cyrus' butt has gotten her in trouble once again. And this time, it could land her in a Mexican jail.
Cyrus performed in Monterrey, Mexico on Tuesday night in front of thousands of screaming fans, whose adoration she rewarded by spitting at them. Later in the concert one of her dancers whipped her with a Mexican flag as she bent over with an extra-large prosthetic butt.
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The antic raised eyebrows in Mexico, where it has been widely covered by the local press. But more than that — it might also have violated Mexico's constitution, which protects "national emblems, the flag and the national anthem."
The 35-page law protecting national symbols regulates the proper use of Mexico's flag in schools, public buildings, and during government ceremonies, but does not exactly include any clause specific to butt-flogging.
Article 52 does, however, say that acts which show "disrespect for the flag and national symbols, will be punished according to their seriousness and the condition of the person who commits them."
According to the law, disrespecting the flag can be punishable with fines up to 250 minimum wages, or 36 hours in jail. And if the infraction is committed for commercial purposes, the crime can be punished with a fine of up to 1,000 minimum [daily] wages — or roughly $5,200.
Neither Cyrus' people or the Mexican government have publicly commented on the matter. But Mexico has previously taken actions against other celebrities who disrespected the flag. In 2007, local pop star Paulina Rubio was fined $4,000 for appearing in a Spanish magazine with a Mexican flag draped around her naked body.
With three more concerts scheduled in Monterrey, Mexico City and Guadalajara, Cyrus should have no problem coughing up a few thousand dollars to pay for her offense. The question is, will her Mexican fans forgive her for her pecado?
Manuel Rueda is a correspondent for Fusion, covering Mexico and South America. He travels from donkey festivals, to salsa clubs to steamy places with cartel activity.