When Miley Cyrus sent VMA viewers into a frenzy with her over-the-top performance Sunday, social media seemed to magnify their outrage. In fact, Cyrus even set a record for most tweets per minute (360,000, to be exact).
We couldn't help but wonder what kind of reactions the following events would elicit if they had occurred before the dawn of Facebook (2004) and Twitter (2006).
Madonna's "Like a Virgin" performance at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards
Rob Lowe's sex-tape leak in 1989
Roseanne Barr's screeching, crotch-grabbing rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a 1990 San Diego Padres game
Milli Vanilli's lip-syncing scandal in 1990
Paul Reubens' (aka Pee-wee Herman's) arrest for indecent exposure in 1991
Sinead O'Connor tearing a photo of the pope on "Saturday Night Live" in 1992
Hugh Grant's arrest after being caught with Hollywood prostitute Divine Brown in 1995
O.J. Simpson's acquittal after lengthy murder trial in 1995
Woody Allen's marriage to Soon-Yi Previn in 1997
Michael Jackson dangling baby son over balcony in 2002
Madonna's lip-lock with Britney Spears at the 2003 VMAs
The Dixie Chicks bashing then-President George W. Bush in 2003