Billy Ray Cyrus has responded to daughter Miley's controversial performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. The "We Can't Stop Singer" sang her hit alongside giant dancing teddy bears before stripping down to a nude body suit and grinding with Robin Thicke for his song "Blurred Lines."
Check out video of Miley Cyrus' performance below.
Many are wondering what the father of the former Disney star thinks about the backlash his daughter is facing this morning. The "Achy Breaky Heart" singer posted a cryptic tweet on Monday morning, hours after Miley's performance.
"Thanking God for so many blessings tonight," Billy Ray Cyrus wrote. "Continue to pray for world peace. More love ... less hate."
UPDATE: Billy Ray Cyrus now claims this tweet had nothing to do with his daughter. We are still waiting for an official comment from the elder singer. "FYI 'Love Not Hate' Late last night I was watching devastating news out of Syria. Chemical weapons used on innocent children is unacceptable!" he tweeted late Monday.
Meanwhile, a fake photo has spread around the Internet on Monday that shows Miley Cyrus grinding against Thicke while a giant head of Billy Ray looks out into the distance.
Other celebrities also reacted to Miley Cyrus' VMA performance. One image making the rounds online shows Will Smith and his family staring at the stage in shocked disgust, althought the MTV audience cam revealed that they were actually watching Lady Gaga's performance of "Applause" at the time.
Rihanna and One Direction, meanwhile, looked pretty unimpressed throughout Miley Cyrus' performance, as this GIF shows. But Billy Ray Cyrus' daughter should not take it personally, as Rihanna appeared bored throughout the VMA telecast.
Many stars saved their reactions for Twitter. Below are some of our favorites.
"Watching VMAs," wrote host Bill Maher. "Haven't been to a strip club in a while, but good to see nothing has changed." Added actress Lisa Rinna: "Is it just me or are the #vma up to this point like what watching Japanese [porn] must be like?"
"I'm watching the VMAs and Miley Cyrus has made me so uncomfortable," wrote figure skater Johnny Weir. "The WORST thing I have ever seen. Am I too old to understand?"
Judd Apatow, meanwhile, tried to help all of Miley Cyrus' fans remember her more innocent days. He posted a picture of her in the film So Undercover from just last year. The actress played a detective who goes undercover at a local sorority.
"I will always have this version of Miley," the director wrote. "Let's live in the past and heal."