Love or hate Miley Cyrus's provocative VMAs performance, you've gotta give her one thing: she got people talking.
The "We Can't Stop" singer has endured a rash of criticism following the skin-baring set - which saw her stripping down to a rubber bra and panties and twerking against singer Robin Thicke, among other things - including from several of her fellow celebs (not to mention our own Melinda Newman). All the attention compelled Cyrus to defend herself on Twitter Monday by proclaiming:
Smilers! My VMA performance had 306.000 tweets per minute. That's more than the blackout or Superbowl! #fact.— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) August 26, 2013
That tweet was followed up by a pair of quotes from Rolling Stone magazine, which actually went against the grain by giving Cyrus high marks for her on-stage antics:
"Miley was the one star in the room who truly understood what the MTV Video Music Awards are all about!" - Rolling Stone— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) August 27, 2013
" Miley stole the night, which is why the nation is still in recovery today. Thanks, Miley..." - Rolling Stone— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) August 27, 2013
Not that her critics are backing down.
"That was girl gone wild. So sad, so sad," singer Cindy Lauper told Australian radio hosts Brig & Lehmo during a recent interview. "There she is a young 20-something trying to prove she can hang with the big boys and girls, you know ... basically simulating a 'Girls Gone Wild' video on stage and I just felt like that was so beneath her and raunchy, really raunchy. It wasn't even art.''
Cyrus's former TV mom Brooke Shields also weighed in during a recent "Today" show appearance, telling host Willie Geist: "I just want to know who is advising her and why it's necessary. My 6 year old and my 10 year old, they can't watch that...She can sing beautifully, and I feel like if she lets that lead, rather than let her bottom lead. I feel it's a bit desperate - you're trying to be [Lady] Gaga... but it's different... She's trying so, so hard." Nevertheless, Shields did concede one point: “She went for it. You got to give her some credit. We’re all talking about her.”
Speaking of mothers, Thicke's real-life mama Gloria Loring has also spoken out on the controversy, telling omg! Insider: "I just keep thinking of her mother and father watching this. Oh, Lord, have mercy. … I was not expecting her to be putting her butt that close to my son. The problem is now I can never 'unsee' it....I don't understand what Miley Cyrus is trying to do. I just don't understand. I think she's misbegotten in this attempt of hers."
For more reactions from around the celebrity-sphere, check out our Twitter roundup below.
And listen if it wasn't ur cup of tea--- all good but why is everyone spazzing? Hey - she's doin something right. We all talkin.— Adam Lambert (@adamlambert) August 27, 2013
Just saw a couple performances from the VMA's last night. 2 words.... #pitchystrippers— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) August 26, 2013
Alan Thicke and Billy Ray Cyrus now under genetic arrest.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) August 26, 2013
Miley Cyrus at the VMAs last night reminds me of Candyland - the easiest game in town and everyone gets a turn. Tune in at 9pm ET for more!— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) August 27, 2013
Remind me to never let my kids into showbiz... Thanks— Nick Cannon (@NickCannon) August 26, 2013
I will always have this version of Miley. Let's live in the past and heal. pic.twitter.com/zMsEW2PvfO— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) August 26, 2013
Things I learned watching the #VMAs2013: There's nothing you can do with a foam finger that you can't air on MTV.— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) August 26, 2013
Watching VMAs. Haven't been in a strip club in a while, but good to see nothing has changed— Bill Maher (@billmaher) August 26, 2013
I'm watching the VMAs and Miley Cyrus has made me so uncomfortable. The WORST thing I have ever seen. Am I too old to understand?— Johnny Weir-Voronov (@JohnnyGWeir) August 26, 2013