August 27th, 2013
12:02 PM ET

Miley Cyrus' VMA Twerk-eversy

You may not have seen it live, but you certainly saw it somewhere, and heard about it, and saw plenty of comments go around about it too.

“It's the performance everyone's still talking about, former Disney darling Miley Cyrus "twerking" her way into infamy with this outrageous performance on Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards,” says CNN’s Nischelle Turner.

Some called the controversial performance disturbing, lewd, weird or both, out loud and online.

Actor Max Greenfield tweeted: “Billy Ray SIGHrus.”

Actress Nia Vardalos posted: "Gotta go, Miley's at my door waving that giant finger and twerking my dog."

The Parents Television Council voiced its displeasure with the raunchy performance in a statement saying, "How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds?"

Ironically enough, the singer’s father, Billy Ray Cyrus, is a member of the council’s advisory board, but it's unclear whether he had anything to do with the statement.

Meanwhile Robin Thicke's mom Gloria Loring told ‘OMG Insider’ she wasn't impressed with Cyrus’s dirty dancing to her son's hit ‘Blurred Lines.'

She said, “I think she's misbegotten in this attempt of hers. I think it was not beneficial.”

Yet all this controversy could have been Cyrus’ goal from the get-go.

The singer tweeted: "Smilers! My VMA performance had 306,000 tweets per minute. That's more than the blackout or Superbowl! #fact."

TV analyst Joe Concha believes her performance “was a calculated business and PR decision.”

“Of course, it's to help her album, but I think it's really to advance her second career as well. I can guarantee you this, E! MTV, and Bravo are all talking to her people about a reality show right now."

Perhaps for Cyrus, there’s no such thing as bad publicity.

Tonight, Billy Ray Cyrus will respond to the controversy over his daughter's performance on “Piers Morgan Tonight.” Tune-in at 9pm ET.

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