Miley Cyrus' friend has blasted Kelly Clarkson for branding her a "pitchy stripper" after her risqué performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.
Cheyne Thomas branded the former American Idol winner "fat" and "bitter" on Twitter after Kelly made her comments in the wake of Miley's rendition of Blurred Lines with Robin Thicke at the ceremony at the Barclay's Centre in Brooklyn, New York City, during which she stripped down to a flesh-coloured latex bikini and gyrated against the singer.
He wrote: "Kelly Clarkson called Miley a pitchy stripper. Do you think she's mad because her past few singles flopped and wasn't asked to perform? And she's fat and 30 ... the reasons Kelly Clarkson is bitter could really go on for day (sic)."
The quick-fire response came after Kelly weighed in on the 20-year-old's controversial performance on the social networking website, tweeting: "Just saw a couple of performances from the VMAs last night, 2 words ... #pitchystrippers. (sic)"
While fans claimed the comment "wasn't very nice", Kelly responded by insisting she was actually holding back.
Kelly tweeted: "@sheybug74 haha that WAS me being nice! (sic)"
Meanwhile, Miley took to the social networking site herself to deal with the backlash head on.
She wrote: "Smilers! My VMA performance had 306.000 tweets per minute. That's more than the blackout or Superbowl! #fact. (sic)"
As well as causing a storm on social media, Miley's overtly sexual display has also earned MTV a complaint from the Parents Television Council (PTC) - a non-profit organisation that campaigns against explicit programming and counts the former Hannah Montana star's dad Billy Ray Cyrus as a member of its advisory board for giving the awards show a TV-14 rating.
Dan Isett, a PTC spokesman, said: "This much is absolutely clear: MTV marketed adults-only material to children while falsely manipulating the content rating to make parents think the content was safe for their children. MTV continues to sexually exploit young women by promoting acts that incorporate twerking in a nude-coloured bikini. How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds?"