Let's take a moment to give credit where credit is due: Before Miley Cyrus twerked on Robin Thicke at the 2013 VMAs, setting off "twerkgate," concern trolls, and righteous indignation from angry parents who thought Cyrus was actually Hannah Montana and that Hannah Montana was a real person, Christina Aguilera had a similar moment moment back in 2002 when she appeared in the music video for "Dirrty" from the album Stripped. Like Cyrus, Aguilera started out as a Disney star (she starred in The Mickey Mouse Club, alongside Britney Spears), but she unapologetically shed her family-friendly image and most of her clothes for "Dirrty's" underground-cagematch-orgy-inspired music video that was controversial... because, I don't know, boobs or something.
Though Cyrus is sort of poster child for Disney stars gone wild following her infamous VMA performance, she wasn't the first former Disney star to freak everyone's parents out: Christina Aguilera was the original Miley Cyrus, and she established herself as a Disney wild child in assless chaps. It was a historical moment, and it's worth revisiting lest we forget the beauty that is this video.
Here are the moments from Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty" video that prove she was making critics clutch their pearls long before Miley Cyrus discovered twerking:
The opening shot of Xtina's assless chaps:
Nothing sets the tone like a pair of open-air pants.
When Xtina descends into an impromptu cage match inside an actual cage:
The invitation said "BYOC." As in, bring your own cage.
These recurring sensual mouth shots:
Incisor game on point.
When Xtina wore this outfit:
Because sometimes you just need to go all out, you know?
When the assless chaps reappeared:
Like... all out.
This booty vibration sequence:
This iconic squat-and-spread:
It was the squat-and-spread heard 'round the world.
This variation of the squat-and-spread:
This was also heard 'round the world.
When Xtina flashed us all with this crotch shot:
This unhygienic shower:
I hope everyone brought shower shoes.
Whatever is happening here:
It can't be unseen.
Here's the full video in all its glory:
Images: YouTube/ChristinaAguileraVEVO (11)