Smart or smut?

Smart or smut?

If you thought former Disney star Miley Cyrus couldn't get any more controversial than her foam hand performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, you were wrong.

In the music video for her new single Wrecking Ball, which premiered on Monday, the 20-year-old US pop star is first shown crying on camera, before she gets naked and, suggestively licks a sledgehammer (yes, that's correct).

The controversial video, which also sees a naked Cyrus swinging from and riding a wrecking ball, has already racked up more than 14 million views in 24 hours, breaking the record held by UK boy band One Direction, whose video for Best Song Ever got 12.3 million views.

Wrecking Ball was directed by photographer Terry Richardson, known for his controversial shoots, notably a 2010 GQ spread which enraged Glee fans for portraying the show's stars as sex kittens.

The album is Cyrus' second single off her album Bangerz, due out on Oct 8.

The music video, which some media reports have described as soft porn, follows the controversy surrounding her first single We Can't Stop, which, in addition to referencing drugs in the lyrics, showed simulated sex scenes and Cyrus' now-famous twerking habit.

Addressing the controversy then with the New York Daily News, she said: "I don't think people have a hard time understanding that I've grown up. You can Google me and you know what I'm up to."

While Wrecking Ball has its fans, others are not so impressed with the video or with Cyrus in general.

"OMG! What is she thinking? It's like watching porn. PUT IT AWAY!" read one tweet.

 

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