The way the universe has been reacting to MILEY CYRUS' "VMA" performance Sunday night, you'd think that whole BEN AFFLECK / Batman thing never even happened.
The celebrity Twittersphere is all about it. Here's what people are saying . . .
Bill Maher: "Watching VMAs. Haven't been in a strip club in a while, but good to see nothing has changed."
Kelly Clarkson: "Just saw a couple performances from the VMAs last night. 2 words . . . #pitchystrippers." (So who else was she talking about? Gaga? Katy Perry? 'N Sync? Discuss.)
Lisa Rinna: "Is it just me or are the [VMAs] up to this point like what watching Japanese porn must be like?"
James Van Der Beek: "Things I learned watching the [VMAs]: There's nothing you can do with a foam finger that you can't air on MTV."
Michael Strahan: "That was uncomfortable, weird and hard to watch!"
Rob Lowe: "I cannot think of anything less interesting."
Nick Cannon: "Remind me to never let my kids into showbiz . . . Thanks."
Billy Ray Cyrus is in silent mode so far. All he's been Tweeting about since the VMAs is making new music and . . . Syria.
In fact, hours after the VMAs he Tweeted, quote, "Thanking God for so many blessings tonight. Continue to pray for world peace. More love . . . less hate."
One last note on Billy Ray: As you would expect, the Parents Television Council went DOG NUTS over Miley's performance. And Billy Ray just happens to be on the PTC's advisory board. (You can read more about that here.)
Meanwhile BROOKE SHIELDS . . . who played Miley's dead mother on "Hannah Montana" . . . had this to say on the "Today"show: "I was Hannah Montana's mother. I do not approve.
"Where did I go wrong? . . . I just want to know who's advising her, and why it's necessary? . . . [Our children] can't watch that. I feel like it's a bit desperate." (Here's video. They start talking about the VMAs about a minute in.)
Yesterday, Miley was BRAGGING about her performance to her Twitter followers. She said, quote, "Smilers! My VMA performance had 306.000 tweets per minute. That's more than the blackout or Superbowl! #fact."
She also posted some compliments "Rolling Stone" gave her, like this one . . . quote, "Miley was the one star in the room who truly understood what the MTV Video Music Awards are all about!"
As for ROBIN THICKE . . . he seemed cool with it. Before the VMAs were even over, he Tweeted, quote, "That was dope", and gave a shout-out to Miley.
There are reports that he was, quote, "bummed" because he thought this was going to be his big night and she HIJACKED his moment. But his own Tweet doesn't bear that out.
There are also reports that Robin's wife, actress PAULA PATTON, was LIVID. One source even claims she had to be physically held back from raining blows down upon Miley for rubbing up and down her man.
But then there are counter-reports that the performance was exactly what Paula expected and she was totally cool with it.
But Robin Thicke's mother GLORIA LORING made her feelings known. She said, quote, "I don't understand what Miley Cyrus is trying to do . . . I didn't get what her point was. It was so over the top as to almost be a parody of itself." (Here's video.)