Updated 1:35 p.m. ET
There's a lot to say about Miley Cyrus' provocative booty-shaking, twerk-heavyperformance from Sunday night. This was one performance that won't be forgotten very quickly. This after , 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."
, 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:
Alan Thicke and Billy Ray Cyrus now under genetic arrest.-- Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) August 26, 2013
Thanks Miley Cyrus.. Now I have to explain to my 11 yr old daughter why she no longer can follow your career.-- Josh Gracin (@joshgracin) 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 think I'm too old to appreciate the (ahem) new Miley Cyrus....feeling slightly violated...#VMA-- Melissa Rycroft (@MelissaRycroft) August 26, 2013
What do I think about Miley Cyrus at the VMAs? After watching her performance, I need an antibiotic...and she needs the morning-after pill.— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) August 27, 2013
It's nice that Miley is comfortable with herself.-- Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) August 26, 2013
Things I learned watching the #VMAs: Only men are allowed to perform with their pants on.— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) August 26, 2013
I very much enjoy this new Miley Cyrus song so does this cancel out the pen thing-- christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) August 18, 2013
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
Hold up! I didn't actually state whether or not I liked @MileyCyrus performance. I merely said she was having fun and to cut her some slack— 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
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:
During Miley Cyrus' performance.. The Smith family. pic.twitter.com/VY0z9pUq0R-- Elijah R. Loyd (@NYDreamVillain) August 26, 2013
Watch the performance below:
Tell us: What did you think about Cyrus' performance?