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: 

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:


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.