As well as smashing her own VEVO record by surpassing 100 million views in just six days, the impact of Miley Cyrus‘ promo for “Wrecking Ball” has also been highlighted by the amount of parodies that have cropped up since its premiere last week. Here’s a look at some of the funniest, weirdest and in some cases, most downright disturbing, efforts to replicate the sledgehammer-licking, steel-ball straddling, nude-posing video.
Radio 1’s Greg James
The presenter of the UK’s biggest pop radio station’s drive-time show is no stranger to getting his kit off or indeed the idea of the video spoof, which made him the perfect candidate to slap on the make-up, force a few tears out and show former girlfriend Ellie Goulding exactly what she’s been missing.
Vine user Frank McDonald didn’t quite have the budget to recreate the studio setting of the original so instead had to make do with a swinging tyre in his back garden for perhaps the most cleverly improvised tribute yet.
Chances are you’ll never be able to look at the comically intense actor in the same way again after one slightly unhinged YouTube user decided to superimpose his face onto Cyrus’ body for an eight-second clip which has already racked up an impressive four million views.
Even the feline world isn’t immune from the power of the former Hannah Montana as this Vine clip featuring a disinterested kitten being gently swung by its neck to demolish two upright books perfectly shows.
The award for most effort goes to YouTube comedienne Aleksei Archer, who not only offered the most well-produced pastiche but also rewrote the entire lyrics of the song in order to mock Cyrus’ recent MTV VMA performance.