Miley Cyrus Explains The ‘Wrecking Ball’ Music Video For Those Of You Who Missed The Point


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.


  • Katy

    Next step: porn star. Screen name: Hannah “give me the” Banana.

  • Gillian

    Oh Miley… There are LOTS of ways to convey hurt, pain, and sadness without taking your clothes off. Don’t sit there swinging around naked asking people to go into their imaginations to see what the video really means. Ps who is going to focus on the sadness in your eyes when your naked body is what you highlight and show case in the video? I get it – you don’t wish to be seen as Hannah Montana anymore. But you need to remember your primary fan base happens to be those who loved H.M. and most likely still carry around those backpacks and lunch boxes. Those girls aren’t going to be looking at you naked on a wrecking ball trying to find a deeper meaning… It is your life, you are going to do whatever you want with it (thats fine) but you want me to understand and relate to the pain you went through during this time? Perhaps you should start with having a little respect for yourself. Cause right now all I can see is a young girl taking her clothes off in public, and getting paid to do so. That is something I cannot get on board with.

  • tessa

    I know we’re all talking about the crazy tongue and the nakedness – but could we talk for a second about those crazy eyes she’s got going on in all her videos now? The wide open/non blinking stare creeps me out!

  • Alecia

    I agree Gillian. It’s not like she’s Gaga or Katy Perry who started off of age with fans in the same peer group. She started on Disney. Let’s also not forget she’s not the first Disney star to transition. To me if you look at the 90s MMC alumns, for the most part they started right. They hit their peer market and slowly grew up. I don’t know if Justin or Christina or Britney would have the same type of respect or longevity if they hit with “SexyBack” or “Dirrty” “I’m a Slave 4 U” out the gate. Too much too son. Obviously she can’t take a cue from that to know what works.
    But honestly, I want to know as a tax paying, college educated individual, how in the Sam Hill does licking a dumbbell indicate anything but My Strange Addiction type freakiness? Girl, bye!

    • @Alecia — “I don’t know if Justin or Christina or Britney would have the same type of respect or longevity if they hit with “SexyBack” or “Dirrty” “I’m a Slave 4 U” out the gate. Too much too son”

      Excellent point.

    • Gillian

      It’s very true. Britney wore underwear over her pleather pants and danced with a snake…. Christina wore assless chaps and danced dirty in a boxing ring. Was it shocking to see? At the time, absolutely! But they got a lot of flack for doing it… Miley knew there would be an uproar when she did it. She knew exactly how the public would respond to it – yet she did it anyway. To me if she is feeling the need to justify her actions, make them seem less extreme than they are… she really shouldn’t be behaving this way to begin with. I think deep down she knows what she is doing is wrong. There will be consequences to her actions, and I don’t think she is in anyway shape or form prepared for them.

    • Paul

      It’s like if Christina in her assless chaps and Britney dancing with the snake wanted us to get some kind of inner meaning to what they were doing.

  • apriljan

    I shamefully enjoy the song. Not so much the video. The song, yes.

  • Lisa

    The song is really good. She could gone a different direction with the video though, and portrayed her brokenness. I get she’s trying to shake her Disney days and show people she’s all grown up, but you still have young fans that look up to you, and you are sending the wrong message being naked, and way too sexual, and dirty. There are ways to transition into an independent adult without all the licking, and dirty dancing. No one is going to take you seriously or respect you

  • stfuChivonne

    The video made me uncomfortable. Then she started licking things and ended up naked. By that point I was completely uncomfortable. I haven’t heard decent things about Terry Richardson. He seems skeevy.

  • Alex

    I just don’t get the whole licking thing. I can’t take her seriously.

  • Donny

    She is obviously dealing with some issues which are manifesting themselves sexually through her work. If it was done well, we’d be applauding it. Unfortunately, it’s not. Still, the video is better than the VMAs. I’m all for nudity but she’s too thin and has no ass. Poor thing.

  • Joan

    She contradicts herself. She is advocating for people to “take their minds of the obvious and go into their imaginations” and then basically saying people overthink everything she does. She can’t have it both ways. I don’t think she cares either way. She knows exactly what she is doing.

    • Joan

      Also, nudity by itself isn’t necessarily sexual. There’s a difference between nudity as a natural state, being naked and vulnerable, and being naked while humping/riding a wrecking ball.

    • LeslieS

      THIS! I finally broke down and watched it today. (Late to the party, I know.) I feel like SHE’s the one who doesn’t get it. Yes, naked can be vulnerable, and the close ups of her face are ok. But she’s naked and being overtly sexual. There is nothing vulnerable about that. It’s either desperate or empowering, the opposite of vulnerable. I get it, I just don’t think Miley does.

  • Emily Lange

    yet again I must come to her defense. If the video made you feel weird. GOOD! thats the point… to take you out of your comfort-zone and put you into her shoes. I love art and yes Im prob the only person in the world, but I believe this video is beautiful art.

  • joe

    watch this previous Mlley video & tell me which of the 2 is more sexual: i find this one far more sexual in tone & def lyrics (thank god she cut that hair OFF!)

  • HM

    I like the song and the video is artistic.
    This is nothing compared to what Vanessa Paradis was doing as a teenager, decades ago:
    People need to relax…