If you thought Miley Cyrus's now-infamous VMA performance was risque, you haven't seen anything yet. The 20-year-old former Disney star dropped her much-anticipated "Wrecking Ball" music video today (September 9) and we're almost at a loss for words because homegirl is fully naked. While writhing on a massive swinging steel ball. And smashing stuff with a sledgehammer. No, we aren't making this up.
Directed by notorious celeb photog Terry Richardson, the 3-minute, 42-second masterpiece starts with a closeup of Miley's face, Sinead O'Connor-style. A single tear rolls down her cheek, and her big, blue eyes are full of wonder and sadness all at the same time. It's actually quite beautiful, and for a moment you think she might be pulling off something truly brilliant. But then she appears in a pair of itty bitty white undies and combat boots, and proceeds to smash the concrete walls surrounding her. OK, we get it. It's, like, totally symbolic. But why can't she wear clothes?
We don't have time to ponder the question, because within seconds Miley's fully naked and sitting spread eagle on a giant wrecking ball that's swinging back and forth like a pendulum. Yeah, we're slightly jealous of her bangin' bod, but our eyes! Our eyes! We may never fully recover. And just when we think it can't get any more uncomfortable, Miley starts making out with her sledgehammer. We're pretty sure it's supposed to be sexy in an artistic kind of way, but it just looks unsanitary.
This isn’t the first naked video that’s raised eyebrows lately. The former Disney star’s VMA co-performer Robin Thicke had a hit this summer with “Blurred Lines,” which featured many women showing even more than Miley. But “Wrecking Ball” follows a long tradition of musicians baring it all for their videos.
Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” has her lying naked atop a cotton candy cloud, while Britney Spears’s sweaty bod was shown in a sauna for “Womanizer.” Black bars covered Pink’s bathing suit area when she flashed paparazzi in her “So What” video, and Alanis Morissette put her mermaid hair to good use hiding her bosoms for “Thank You.” Of course, it’s not just ladies who’ve stripped down, though it does seem less controversial when guys do it. D'Angelo (“Untitled”), Michael Jackson (“You Are Not Alone”), and Blink-182 (“What’s My Age Again?”) all have naked videos.
On the other hand, we have to give Miley some props for being that secure in her body and not giving a crap what anyone else thinks. To the left, Anna Wintour.
Check out Miley's very NSFW video and share your thoughts in the comments below.