News broke Monday that a film by Miley Cyrus had been submitted to the NYC Porn Film Festival. After a media frenzy (Miley! porn! Miley?! porn?!) ensued, Team Cyrus announced that they're pulling the video. They claim that festival organizer Simon Leahy misled their production company about the nature of the event.

Good. It shouldn't have been there in the first place: the festival's staff should be relieved.

The Disney alum¬†‚ÄĒ who, if nothing else, wants you to know that she has a tongue ‚ÄĒ stars in the surreal, suggestive three-minute short, called "Tongue Tied."¬†You can watch it here.

The film itself is nothing new. It was originally released last May, and Cyrus reportedly played it at shows throughout her Bangerz tour. "Tongue Tied" is actually the work of artist Quentin Jones, whose grungy but glossy, monochromatic style it abundantly reflects. There's no nudity therein (minus a brief, semi-obscured butt), but with Miley's nipples concealed only by tape, the video's nevertheless decidedly NSFW.

The pop star is alternately bound and blindfolded, wearing fishnets and smeared with a dark liquid. There's no dialogue. It's heavy on the "Justify My Love," with a dash of Pan's Labyrinth for good measure.

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The first-ever NYC Porn Film Festival (sponsored by PornHub, naturally) will set up shop from February 27 to March 1 at Secret Project Robot, a Bushwick art gallery. "We aim to give credit to adult film as a significant and socially/culturally relevant art form," their website professes.

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"It‚Äôs a pop take on S&M,‚ÄĚ Leahy previously said of Cyrus' entry. "She's starting to become more of a contemporary artist.‚ÄĚ

To paraphrase Justice Potter Stewart, when it comes to porn, we know it when we see it. "Tongue Tied" ‚ÄĒ while perhaps not something I'd post on my mother's Facebook wall ‚ÄĒ isn't porn.

But as far as the NYC Porn Film Festival is concerned, that didn't necessarily matter. In November, Leahy told The Huffington Post about the wide breadth of submissions he hoped to receive: "Homemade films! Art films! Shorts! 1min [sic] clips! Performances! Talks! Discussions! Ideas! Everything porno!"

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To their credit, it appears that the festival has shied away from neither the hardcore nor the intellectual. Miley's film was slated for the first night of the festival, an evening of programming that opens with "Tila Tequila: Backdoored & Squirting." Later that night, MakeLoveNotPorn CEO Cindy Gallop will give on a talk on sex tech and the economics of future porn.

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Despite the festival's self-professed commitment to supporting "independent, experimental, and low or non-budget production," Cyrus wasn't the only non-porn celebrity whose work found its way into its lineup. Ticketholders will enjoy a screening of professional dilettante James Franco's Interior. Leather Bar. The unrated movie, which premiered at Sundance in 2013, follows a film crew's attempt to recreate the explicit gay S&M footage that may have comprised a 40-minute sequence cut from 1980's Cruising.

While Franco's submission engages thoughtfully with censorship and sexuality (or at least tries to), Miley's is all surface. Appealing, stylish, and highly watchable surface, but surface. There's no viewpoint expressed here, beyond the facts that a) Miley Cyrus enjoys not wearing clothes and b) bondage imagery exists. If this is a "pop take on S&M," then that surely qualifies Fifty Shades of Grey as a doctoral thesis on the subject.

"Tongue Tied" isn't¬†an adult film, exactly, but that's not the problem ‚ÄĒ it's that it doesn't have anything to say about adult film, either.

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Credit: NYC Porn Film Festival/Facebook

Considering the tone in which the NYC Porn Film Festival announced Miley's participation on their Facebook page (the post has since been deleted), they were well aware of the draw she represents.

Of course, there's nothing wrong with that. This isn't exactly Sundance: How better to drum up publicity for a fledgling festival than with some big-name contributors? Cyrus' fleeting association with the NYC Porn Film Festival is, after all, the only reason why we're writing about it right now.

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But let's not pretend that a clever PR move would have made Miley a cutting-edge "contemporary artist" (besides, that title would go to Quentin Jones, anyway) ‚ÄĒ or, for that matter, a porn star. In a way, maybe this is the best case scenario for the festival: they get all of the buzz without actually having to compromise their content.

Molly Fitzpatrick is senior editor of Fusion's Pop & Culture section. Her interests include movies about movies, TV shows about TV shows, and movies about TV shows, but not so much TV shows about movies.