A longstanding GVSU wrecking ball sculpture was removed from campus after students began riding it to parody Miley Cyrus' new music video, prompting Grand Valley State University students in Michigan to launch a protest.
Cyrus broke the record for most views in a 24-hour period last week when "Wrecking Ball" debuted. The music video
features the 20-year-old singer swinging on top of the demolition tool in various states of undress and, at one point, totally naked.
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GVSU students began posting pictures and Vine videos on Twitter last week of themselves imitating Cyrus using the campus sculpture — a large, metal ball that hangs from a steel cable. The "wrecking ball" pendulum had been in place outside the Seymour and Esther Padnos Hall of Science for the past 18 years before it was hauled off to an off-campus storage unit Tuesday, MLive.com reported.
"We are reassessing the safety and structural integrity of the current installation and site," GVSU Associate Vice President for Facilities Services Tim Thimmesch said in a statement. "Hopefully the pendulum can be reinstalled at that location or we can find another suitable location on campus so people can enjoy it as a piece of art and stay safe."
Students gathered Tuesday night and shouted lyrics to Cyrus' song in protest of the removal of the "wrecking ball."
"It’s just college kids having fun," Rya Northrop, a senior who’s studying history, told MLive.com. "It’s funny. I think it's hilarious."
"I think the college overreacted," freshman Caleb Geselamn said. "They probably should have just yelled at them or put signs up."
Some campaigned for the pendulum to be reinstalled.
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