Miley Cyrus' booty-shaking VMA performance gets quite the reaction

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke perform onstage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for MTV) Neilson Barnard

Updated 1:35 p.m. ET

There's a lot to say about Miley Cyrus' provocative booty-shaking, twerk-heavy MTV Video Music Awards performance from Sunday night. This was one performance that won't be forgotten very quickly. This after Cyrus, 20, gave Robin Thicke, 36, a lap dance, paraded around with dancing bears, twerked her butt off and grabbed her crotch a few times. Not to mention the tongue. We saw a lot of that.

Thicke's mother, Gloria Loring, told OMG! Insider, "I don't understand what Miley Cyrus is trying to do. I think she's misbegotten in this attempt of hers. And I think it was not beneficial." She added, "I didn't get what her point was. It was so over the top as to almost be a parody of itself."

Lance Bass also spoke about the performance, noting that his nieces and nephews tuned in to MTV to watch him perform with *NSYNC. "I didn't know I had to warn them that their little Hannah Montana was going to be naked and humping a finger," Bass said during an interview on Sirius/XM. "I think it's her thing. I think she shocked a lot of her younger fans, especially the parents, who might not be so happy with her thing, and she's just being Miley."

Cyndi Lauper was asked about Cyrus' VMA performance during an interview with Australian radio station Gold 104.3, saying, "That was girl gone wild. So sad, so sad." Lauper went on to address Cyrus' guest appearance on Thicke's VMA rendition of "Blurred Lines," pointing out, "She's in a song that literally says that the blurred lines allowed you to -- when a woman says no, she means yes--and that's frightful because that's date rape."

Lauper, 60, added, "And there she is a young twentysomething trying to prove, you know, she can hang with the big boys and girls, you know, basically simulating a 'Girl Gone Wild' video onstage and I just felt like it was so beneath her and really. It was really raunchy. It wasn't even art. It was raunch."

The Parents Television Council blasted MTV, saying, "How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds? How is it appropriate for children to watch Lady Gaga strip down to a bikini in the opening act?"

Celebrities, meanwhile, are chiming in on Twitter.

Take a look at some of the other reactions:

According to MTV News, despite reports to the contrary, Will Smith and his family weren't watching Cyrus when a snapshot was taken of them looking surprised at the VMAs; they were actually taking in Lady Gaga's performance -- and seemed to be enjoying it. MTV has the footage from its All Access Cameras here.

Here was the shot that initially went viral, but was falsely attributed:

Watch the performance below:

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