On Monday, Miley Cyrus released the now-controversial music video for her new pop ballad single Wrecking Ball and 59+ million views later we get to hear from the young pop star about the point she was trying to make with the video … the point that is seemingly lost on everyone who can’t get past the fact that Miley spends her time completely naked in the video. In a new interview with Elvis Duran on NY radio station Z100, Miley explains the point of the Wrecking Ball video to those of you who didn’t get it or missed the point. You see, Miley was going for a broken vulnerability … which she and photographer/director Terry Richardson chose to convey with scenes of her licking/stroking sledgehammers and riding a wrecking ball in the nude. See, makes perfect sense. Click below to read what Miley has to say about the video … but be warned, the photo featured below is probably NSFW.
Miley Cyrus has a message for all the people who’ve seen her naked in the video for her new single “Wrecking Ball” – you’re missing the point. “I think the video is much more,” she said on Wednesday in an interview with Elvis Duran on Z100. “If people get past the point I make, and you actually look at me, you can tell I look more broken than even the song sounds.” The song, which is about a relationship gone wrong, “is a pop ballad that everyone can relate to, everyone has felt that feeling at some point,” the twerking queen says. And while the video, which has more than 44 million views on YouTube, begins with an extreme close-up of Cyrus’s face as a tear rolls down her cheek, the more memorable moments feature the singer suggestively licking a sledgehammer and perching on top of a swinging wrecking ball sans clothes. But the 20-year-old says of the video, which was directed by provocative photographer Terry Richardson, “If people can take their minds off the obvious and go into their imagination and see what the video really means, it is so vulnerable.” “If you look at my eyes, I look more sad than actually my voice sounds on the record,” says Cyrus. “It was a lot harder to do the video than it was to record the song. It was much more of an emotional experience.”
And just to refresh your memory, here’s another look at Miley Cyrus’s music video for Wrecking Ball:
Irregardless of her intent, Miley (and Richardson) had to know that by her appearing in the music video completely nekkid, the video was bound to get a lot of attention. It’s the oldest trick in the book, sex sells. Whether people “get it” or not, Miley managed to parlay her naked vulnerability into a massively successful music video. She set a new record for online views in a 24 hour period and it appears that interest in watching the video is far from over. IMHO, it would be more impressive if the young popstar chose to do the unexpected and keep her clothes on so that the beautiful pop song could be the central feature. But, had she done so, I don’t think there would be this level of discourse about the music video and she likely wouldn’t have garnered 59+ million views online. But, that being said, Miley is smart enough to know what she’s doing. If this is how she wants to present herself, more power to her. I think it’s true that she’s following the lead set by pop legends like Madonna to use controversy to her advantage. I guess we’ll have to see what her next step will be to outdo this video … and see just how far she’s willing to go.