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Can't Be Tamed: School Removes Wrecking Ball Sculpture After Students Imitate Miley Cyrus Video

Sep 18, 2013 | 12:31pm EDT


Apparently, not everyone can get away with "just being Miley." Administrators at Michigan's Grand Valley State University decided to remove a campus landmark on Tuesday after students decided to re-create Cyrus' infamous "Wrecking Ball" video. A sculpture that resembles a wrecking ball had been located outside of the school's Padnos Hall of Science since 1995 before its recent move into storage. The decision came in the wake of at least one Vine video of a student riding the installation naked and singing Cyrus' song and has sparked a great deal of protest both on and off campus. 

Although students have been riding on the pendulum for years — clothed, of course — the recent popularity of the video has resulted in a higher frequency of wrecking ball rides. Tim Thimmesch, the associate vice president of facilities services at GVSU, explained the reason for its removal by saying the school is "trying to decide whether we really need to look at structural integrity of the installation." However, students are upset about losing a campus landmark regardless of its structural stability and held a protest Tuesday night outside of the science building. 

Since then, the story has been picked up by various media outlets, including a hilarious local news report (below), which featured clips of one of the nefarious "Wrecking Ball" Vines. You haven't truly lived until you've seen a drunk, naked college student singing a Miley Cyrus song off-key interrupt a very serious news anchor. That naked guy may have ruined things for everyone at GVSU, but he will delight the Internet forever. Cyrus, meanwhile, still has yet to comment about the incident. 

In the meantime, students at GVSU, may we suggest this awesome "Wrecking Ball"/Nicholas Cage mashup to tide you over until your beloved landmark is reinstated? 

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