Golden Girl Betty White has filmed a spoof of Miley Cyrus’ racy “Wrecking Ball” video to promote her show Off Their Rockers, which will move from NBC to the Lifetime Network beginning in 2014. The show finds White and her geriatric friends pranking people younger than them in the same vein as Candid Camera or Punk’d.
Now White has put her own humorous spin on one of Cyrus’ “bangerz.” White introduces the clip by saying, “I got some ideas from recent pop culture events that really got the kids talking.” Then the video shows White riding a wrecking ball in a concrete room; the twist, of course, is that she’s fully clothed. She also channels a couple of recent Rolling Stone cover star Cyrus’ other accoutrements when she waves a foam finger, as Cyrus did at the VMAs, and molests Cyrus’ favorite home-improvement implement. “Can someone bring me a sledgehammer?” she asks, after which she reappears holding the tool. But rather than lick it, as the former Disney star might, White simply gives it a gentle, grandmotherly kiss.
It’s worth noting, too, that White took on a rather weighty task by replicating Cyrus’ sledgehammer routine. When the pop singer spoke with Rolling Stone in September, she said, “That sledgehammer was heavy as shit, though. My arms were so sore the next day. And they didn’t tell me it was painted, so I was licking it, and they were like, ‘Don’t lick that!'”
Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, which attracted an average of 5.3 million viewers on NBC, is set to air on Lifetime beginning this Wednesday.