Miley probed for Mexican flag whipping
A MEXICAN state legislature has asked the country's federal government to fine singer Miley Cyrus after one of her dancers spanked her backside with a Mexican flag as she "twerked" during an independence day performance.
Cyrus, 21, who has grabbed headlines for her admitted drug use, sexually suggestive dancing and wearing as little as a pair of boots in a music video, was performing in Monterrey in the northern state of Nuevo Leon.
A video shows the provocative singer bent over as two singers whip her mock backside with small flags, including one in the distinct green, white and red colours of Mexico.
The Bangerz Tour 2014 concert coincided with Mexico's independence day festivities and the video made waves across local media.
A spokesman for the Interior Ministry told AFP the probe was launched on Wednesday at the request of the Nuevo Leon state Congress, which accused the American of desecrating the flag.
The spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said "the company that brought her here would be sanctioned, not her" because it was the organiser's responsibility to agree with Cyrus on the content of the concert.
Cyrus or her team could be fined up to the equivalent of around US$1,200 (S$1,520) or be detained for 36 hours.
The Mexican authorities are often sensitive towards signs of disrespect for national symbols. In 2008, singer Paulina Rubio was fined for posing without clothes but wrapped in the country's flag.
Nuevo Leon lawmaker Francisco Trevino Cabello, of the conservative National Action Party, called the flag flap a "jibe" against his country.
"They are hitting her with the flag, or cleaning her backside. It's a lack of respect," he told the local Congress before it voted unanimously to ask for sanctions.
"The Interior Ministry must sanction the singer Miley Cyrus for desecrating the flag," he said, adding that the authorities should monitor her future shows in Mexico.