After Miley Copycats, School Yanks 'Wrecking Ball' Art
GVSU students were riding it nude, à la Miley Cyrus
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2013 10:52 AM CDT
Updated Sep 22, 2013 7:20 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A Michigan university has lost a landmark, and it could be all Miley Cyrus' fault. Grand Valley State University removed a giant pendulum sculpture Tuesday, the Detroit Free Press reports. The pendulum, a big metal ball hanging from a steel cable, looks like, you guessed it, the wrecking ball Cyrus rides in her latest music video, and students have long taken to climbing on and swinging ... in some cases while naked, as Cyrus is in her video. A GVSU Wrecking Ball Twitter account was created, NBC 8 reports, and students started posting pictures and videos of their exploits.

Students aren't happy with its removal, and Tuesday night 100 to 200 of them staged a protest at the site the sculpture ("Untitled" by Dale Eldred) had occupied since 1995. Hilariously, the protesting students sang Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" while waving their cell phones, Michigan Live reports. But officials insist the sculpture was removed simply so its structural integrity could be assessed, considering students have been riding it (while fully clothed) long before Cyrus' video came out. And one associate VP even says the new nude trend has "given us a few chuckles." (In other Miley-related news, Liam Hemsworth has most definitely moved on.)

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Sep 22, 2013 1:34 PM CDT
It's 2013. i thought kids today would be more advanced than to "imitate" stupid b.s. like that. Miley has no talent. Horrible drunken-style very very amateurish dancing, and a laughable (not remotely sexy) outfit... She made up the word "twerk" which actually means "i have no real dance ability". She's pretending that nonsense dance was what she intended, that's why she named it. That was more like what you'd see any common drunk girl do. She was given the "big break" that most people work hard to try and earn, just because her father was once famous. Producers always do that because they know there WILL be some sales. She was probably sitting back just trying to think of something that'd make her as outrageous as Lady Gargoyle. (Watch. Her next move will be to publicly kiss a girl. That's always the secret formula for the kind of gossip and attention she's seeking. Wait and see...) She'll be apologizing on TV when her career starts going down the toilet.
Sep 22, 2013 11:33 AM CDT
This is a pathetic story on many levels.
Sep 22, 2013 11:25 AM CDT
is does think me dumber now because reading this.