Published September 10, 2013
If it’s attention that Miley Cyrus is after, then she’s definitely getting it.
The 20-year-old pop star’s sex-crazed video “Wrecking Ball” shattered the record for the most-watched video in a 24-hour time period on video-sharing site Vevo.
The music video, which the website marked as “explicit content,” shows Cyrus naked, swinging around on an oversized wrecking ball and licking a sledge hammer. Once word of the controversial clip hit the web, Cyrus’ video quickly garnered unprecedented views for Vevo, with lots of eager users sharing links to her latest song.
More than 16 million people watched “Wrecking Ball” in less than 24 hours. Previously, One Direction held the record for the most-watched Vevo video in one day, with 10.9 million views for their “Best Song Ever” video.
But One Direction was no competition for Miley’s naked, albeit extremely successful clip.
Still, while she did rack up the video views, Cyrus had no shortage of critics online.
i can't even laugh at Miley Cyrus anymore i just feel so embarrassed for her, why do you want to be known as a slut??
— ella (@Inn0centRomance) September 10, 2013
Even some of the starlet’s fans seemed disturbed by her latest move.
I love the lyrics and mileys voice in wrecking ball, but the video is soo inappropriate and unnecessary. #classynottrashy
— Tessa Barrett (@TessaBarrett5) September 10, 2013
I miss the old sweet yet innocent Miley Cyrus. pic.twitter.com/yRdaM18S4H
— Annie. (@chittybangxoxo) September 10, 2013
Others had a sense of humor about the overly sexual video.
At least #MileyCyrus didn't spend a lot of money on clothes for her Wrecking Ball music video.
— Kinmun Lee (@mrbrown) September 10, 2013
And a few scattered Miley fans, or Smilers as they are often called, jumped to her defense.
— anthony spears (@LOHANTHONY) September 10, 2013
Her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, was apparently among them. He tweeted a vague, humorous message about the video, careful not to criticize or praise his daughter's latest attention-grabbing move.
Trying to type ,tweet, twerk and ride a wrecking ball naked all at the same time while carrying a sledge hammer is proving difficult ! PEACE
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) September 9, 2013
As for Miley, she seemed especially pleased with herself. The former "Hannah Montana" good girl posted a series of tweets thanking her fans for helping her song break the Vevo record and climb the iTunes charts.