On Tuesday (September 24), Miley Cyrus dropped the director's cut of her much-talked-about video for "Wrecking Ball." But while the original clip saw Miley wielding a sledgehammer and swinging around on the titular ball, the director's cut is simply an unbroken close-up of Miley's face, singing the entire song while wiping away tears. The very last few seconds show Cyrus and director Terry Richardson laughing and clowning for the camera.
Cyrus recently spoke about the video in her new Rolling Stone cover story, in which she expressed pride in the emotion she showed while filming. Speaking about the scene in which she sheds a tear, Cyrus explained, "That was real. My dog just passed away." The singer/actress covered other topics in the interview as well, including her rise to childhood fame and her relationship with her parents. She also called the hype over her MTV VMA performance with Robin Thicke a "double standard."
"No one is talking about the man behind the ass. It was a lot of 'Miley twerks on Robin Thicke,' but never, 'Robin Thicke grinds up on Miley.' They're only talking about the one that bent over. So obviously there's a double standard," she observed. "America is just so weird in what they think is right and wrong. Like, I was watching Breaking Bad the other day, and they were cooking meth. I could literally cook meth because of that show. It's a how-to. And then they bleeped out the word 'f**k.' And I'm like, really? They killed a guy, and disintegrated his body in acid, but you're not allowed to say 'f**k'? It's like when they bleeped 'molly' at the VMAs. Look what I'm doing up here right now, and you're going to bleep out 'molly'? Whatever."