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08/29/2013 07:07 pm ET Updated Aug 30, 2013

Steve Chmelar, Inventor Of 'Number 1' Finger, Criticizes Miley Cyrus's VMA Performance

Apparently, Miley Cyrus can't stop... annoying people.

Steve Chmelar, inventor of the widely-recognized "Number 1" foam finger, is one of the latest personalities to weigh in on the 20-year-old pop-star's now infamous performance at MTV's Video Music Awards on Sunday. Chmelar told Fox Sports that Cyrus "took an honorable icon that is seen in sporting venues everywhere and degraded it."

He's referring to her somewhat raunchy rendition of her hit single "We Can't Stop," where the performer did this...

miley cyrus foam finger

And then this... (Story continued below.)

miley cyrus foam finger

Chmelar built the first "number 1" finger with paper mache in 1971 at age 16 to support his high school basketball team, according to Fox Sports. Seven years later, Texas high school teacher Geral Fauss independently created his own version using foam, according to Design Boom. That's the finger we see in sports stadiums today, E! Online notes, though Chmelar takes credit for inspiring the design.

"Fortunately, the foam finger has been around long enough that it will survive this incident," Chmelar told Fox Sports. "As for Miley Cyrus, let's hope she can outlive this event and also survive," he added.

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