Miley's 'Wrecking Ball' wrecks Michigan college statue
September 18th, 2013
09:37 AM ET

Miley's 'Wrecking Ball' wrecks Michigan college statue

Miley Cyrus might've torn down more than a few walls with her "Wrecking Ball" video.

The 20-year-old pop star has been accused of many things in recent weeks - including scarring the minds of children with her August performance at the MTV Video Music Awards - but she's now being fingered as helping to remove a landmark from a Michigan college campus.

According to CNN affiliate WZZM, Grand Valley State University has decided to remove a giant pendulum sculpture on its main campus after some students tried to re-create Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" music video. In case you somehow missed it, the pop star spends part of the top-viewed video riding a wrecking ball in the nude (she does have shoes on, though).

The sculpture was installed in 1995, and it's not uncommon for students to climb on it, WZZM reports. But lately, "several students climbed on the ball naked" in presumed attempts at copying Cyrus' video.

But it sounds like it might not be gone forever - the university's associate vice president of facilities services told WZZM that the ball was taken down "so its structural integrity could be examined."

"We've been reviewing this over the last couple of weeks, trying to decide whether we really need to look at structural integrity of the installation," the VP said. "We decided to have the ball removed and put into storage for now."

Some GVSU students are protesting the sculpture's removal, and gathered Tuesday night with chants of "Wrecking Ball!"

Filed under: Celebrities • Miley Cyrus • Music

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  1. Elf Odin

    If only Miley Cyrus could be placed in storage.

    October 1, 2013 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Amboy Duke

    How do kids get into college being Miley Cyrus fans? I mean, aren't they supposed to be of "above average" intelligence? Their taste in music says other wise.

    September 30, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Enjoying Life

      With a screen name like "Amboy Duke" you certainly have no room to criticize the musical tastes of others!
      Ted is an "OK" guitar player, but he really sucks as a songwriter! Even Miley writes better songs than Ted Nugent!

      October 9, 2013 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. Meh

    She's selling crack near the schoolyard

    September 23, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • vito1936

      Being from Hoopanhollar .Kentucky Daddy Billy Ray Wants A With Hot Date With Daughter Miley Wiley !.

      September 23, 2013 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • t

      She is a bimbo who is addicted too a computer. .everyone her she's a no tslent

      September 27, 2013 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. DeBim

    dt and what is due too me call ...reported.

    September 22, 2013 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. What Good Union would say......

    its just skin on top of a bone......bust through that website now.....we never want troubled unions talking too that mess.

    bust through

    September 21, 2013 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. ProjectoCalls

    Miley always looks so unhappy.

    September 19, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • RonchieBoy

      Did you see the part of the article where it says she got fingered,lol

      September 20, 2013 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Finger

      that's as far as it goes with Miley–12 years now right?

      September 22, 2013 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. SixDegrees

    Don't sniff the rope!

    September 19, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. giggy

    Achy Breachy heart no 1 for months

    September 19, 2013 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  9. the new kidd

    Leave miley alone she is a great singer. i bet u if it was one direction or justin bieber you would love it but a pretty young female like miley cyrus yall must be ashamed. im in 12 grade and my baby sister loves her and she is in fifth grade. every body is ignorant if u have a problem with a great singer like miley. KEEP DOING YOU MILEY 🙂 Everyone just SWERVE and go talk about justin or one direction they are scaring EVERYONE with their horrible copied music. COME BACK WHEN SHE IS ON CRACK OR LESBIAN. MAYBE EVEN IF TUPAC IS BACK. FIND BETTER NEWS MAYBE ON CYBER BULLYING OR RACISM IN THE USA.. BYE

    September 19, 2013 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Oscar Pitchfork

      No, retard, if you're in 12th grade, YOU'RE THE IGNORANT ONE! When you actually grow up and your brain gets a little bigger and filled out, you'll realize she's just RICH WHITE TRASH, like her old man.

      September 19, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert Mischief

      Alright, Oscar, let's slow that roll a little bit. No need to attack or insult someone for an expressed opinion.
      That being said, Miley's music is bad. Her singing is barely passable, her lyrics and music are unappealing and generally unpleasant. She's definitely not my personal cup of tea, talent or lookwise and I say the same thing for Justin and One Direction as well.
      This is just one opinion droplet in the bucket, though.

      September 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Wow Oscar, Im sure you must be so mature, calling a 12th grader a retard n all!

      September 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Egg Salad Sandwich

      Woah, it's not looking like you're going to graduate high school with grammar like that. And you REALLY need some taste in music.

      September 30, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jamesnyc

    No matter what people think about why she did it, her song is now on the top of the charts and she is laughing all the way to the bank. That one #1 single will keep her rich for a very long time so get over it.

    September 18, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. harnof48

    Miley Cyrus.
    Why dont you do something Really Different.
    Get a toilet. Make sure cameras are on.
    Sit down. and Poop for everyone to see.
    Now you could be # 2 on the charts. Wow! You are so cool!

    September 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      And instead of calling her record "Bangerz" she could call it "Ploppers".

      September 19, 2013 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Hot Carl

      Atually, "plopping" is already taken. Check the Urban Dictionary. It's what happens after docking.

      September 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hot Carl to M.A.P.

      "Plopping" is already taken. Check the Urban Dictionary. It's what happens after docking.

      September 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      I cant access urban dictionary from here, but Im pretty sure I remember what "docking" is and it's totally disgusting!

      September 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chris

    She is taking advantage of her success and marketing her way to the top! its a business and she is an amazing marketer of her image..... look at blondie... joan jet...madonna.... britney ... kristina.... they all went down this same road and they came out the other side very wealthy....... congrats on her success!

    September 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Alvarez

    I have a strong desire to bury Miley in a large pile of stink nuggets.

    September 18, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chuck

    She went from cute, amazing and talented, to "Just another Madona Wannabe"
    Hollywood cut and paste personality.

    Trash in, trash out

    September 18, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony "Hebrew National" Weiner

      When was she ever "amazing" or "talented"?

      September 30, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tyrannosaurus


    September 18, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Tanya

    I bet that ball smells.

    September 18, 2013 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  17. pm ohio

    The fact that everyone is still talking about Miley is the reason she hired Britney's publicist...all of you are falling for her evil Elizibeth Taylor, MJ, Madonna, Britney...all you have to do is something outrageous, then let the press take over...millionaire for life. Everyone criticizing her, just stop. If you were 20 years old and someone said all you have to do is"..." and you'll be famous and a millionaire, most of us would do it. So what teen girls are twerking...they are going to be exposed to the real world eventually. If you let your teen child watch the MTV awards, then you have to know you are exposing them to mature entertainment. If they are too young or too impressionable, don't blame Miley, blame the parent.

    September 18, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      100% agree. Your kids, your responsability, not artists, not performers. You teach your kids some morals and hope for the best. Se-x is a part of life and they will learn about it at some stage!

      September 18, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kato Kaelin

      Did you just say that Mtv was "mature entertainment"? That network is Kidz Bop, man. There's nothing racy or "real world" about it. Twerking is what 4th grader's do.

      September 30, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Tea Party Patriot

    Every month when I can and the Good Lord willing, I send a few dollars to SarahPAC, which as you know is Sarah Palin's political action committee.

    September 18, 2013 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • dudamis prime

      Why? Don't you realize you're just fueling the fire by choosing sides? Humans are short sighted, irrational, and unfit to control our world....Sarah Palin is right up there with dear idiot leader.

      September 18, 2013 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • ClintB

      I am glad that you are willing to give your hard earned money so that Sarah Palin can continue to take vacations on your money. This will inspire her to continue to avoid making a pretense at running for elective office, which is really good for everyone.

      And just to stay on topic: people give Miley Cyrus money for not doing anything either.

      September 19, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Welcome too 2014...Your out ot touch

      Sarah pays for her own vacations...unlike a bimbo who has no money for haircuts.

      September 19, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • ClintB

      I'm sure you would like to believe that Sarah Palin pays for her own vacations. However, anyone analyzing financial statements from her "PAC" would have to wonder why such a minuscule percentage goes to help other candidates and why so much money flowing into the PAC is really unaccounted for.

      To stay on topic: it seems that Miley Cyrus is even better than Sarah Palin for sucking money out of the undiscerning. That's probably a good thing, because both Sarah's and Miley's fans could probably spend their money on worse things.

      September 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  19. corporate America

    I don't see any business wanting to hire anyone with a degree from this playground of a college.

    September 18, 2013 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Peace ☮

      Playground of a college? Never heard it called that before. Lol!

      September 18, 2013 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • GVSUWreckingBall

      Wow way to trash GVSU. It's not like we are the only college with students doing dumb, funny stuff on campus. Maybe you need to go back to college and experience it the right way.....

      September 18, 2013 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • ReinstateTheBall

      Way to stereotype all GVSU students. There's always people doing crazy things on college campuses. Obviously you never went to college.

      September 18, 2013 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Danielle GVSU student

      Really, it's a tradition for freshman to ride on the pendulum, and has been since they day it was installed.Didn't you ever go to college and have a little fun? It has been harmless. So some students made a parody of Miley, so what? GVSU is one of the top public schools in Michigan. Trust me, compared to other universities here GV is hardly a "playground."

      September 18, 2013 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Yeah, that University has a bad repuation. now the slimy grease ball has been removed for DNA testing to see who the dirty hoes are that got nakid ion it.

      September 18, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ※Sadie※

      I'm with ya GVSU students. I never had the pleasure of going to college, but this is just everyday college antics. I think due to the video, maybe that ball was getting more of a workout than normal? I think this was more of a safety issue. The college said they were going to put it back up. "Hang" in there, guys. I'm sure it will be put back in time. Go Lakers!

      September 18, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  20. barbara

    Gee Miley are you happy with what an awful example you are to young girls. You made history alright, but not the good kind. In trying to get rid of your good girl image you've gone to the other extreme and come off as a raunchy pig.

    September 18, 2013 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Vyradder

      The good girl image that you seem to cherish was a Disney product. Even now, her image is determined by hired professionals. Who knows what the real Miley is like, though judging by her recent interviews, it's much closer to her current image than her Disney one.

      September 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Albert

    What's up with the cross-eyed crazy look on the CD cover?!? Miley actually looked at that and thought it was attractive?

    September 18, 2013 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  22. really

    Couldn't we just put Cyrus,thicke and all those people at MTV on a plane to russsia,they can stay with snowden,I dont know which of them has caused the most damage to america.

    September 18, 2013 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      YAY A fellow anti-Thicke person!!! I thought I was the only one!!

      September 18, 2013 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  23. M.A.P.

    Sounds like they had other reasons to remove it. CNN just trying to Make Miley the no.1 entertainment story again. Come back when she's on crack or a lesbian, this isn't controversy.

    September 18, 2013 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
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