If any parents out there actually allowed their teenagers to watch the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday , August 25, it is likely that eyes were being covered, and jaws were dropping in shock….and disgust.
Now, all who truly know me knows that I generally stand up for celebrities, remain neutral, or just plain stay quiet, despite the downward spirals we often see. I have both directly and indirectly dealt with the roller coaster associated with entertainment. I am not a gossip columnist, nor will I ever be. Rather than cashing in on divorce and split rumors, I prefer to focus on reconciliations. Rather than promoting Lindsay Lohan's struggles, I waited until I had something positive to report. Rather than starting rumors, I prefer to debunk lies, and to set the record straight. Amanda Bynes? I'm currently leaving that subject alone until there is something good to say. Mental illness is no joke. I don’t believe in harsh criticism for the sake of putting others down, and I find it unfair to critique where someone is at in their life....simply because I have freedom of the press.
The brutality of the entertainment business is something that simply can't be grasped by those who are not a part of the industry. As the tabloids blow up with rumors, and paparazzi sneak behind every bush, some stars simply can’t deal with the pressure of having every detail of their personal lives on display. Sometimes a girl just doesn't want to wear makeup, and doesn't feel like looking red carpet ready to go run an errand. Breakups and hardships are hard enough in an average life, but it's increasingly difficult when the world is speculating about your personal business. Some stars simply lose sight of who they are, and whose they are. The mental struggles they endure can be unfathomable to the outside world.
However, there comes a time where I must take a stance for the sake of America, and what we were founded on. There comes a time when I must call things as I see them. America was violated on Sunday night, as was anyone who has even a hint of values. Though I couldn't bring myself to watch the entire show, I witnessed just enough to see that the VMAs held nothing back with their mostly moral-less performances.
Where shall we begin with the chosen styles of the night? Miley Cyrus’ intoxicated teddy bear leotard or Lady Gaga’s seashell bikini? Though it may be hard to believe, Cyrus truly outdone Gaga for the ‘weirdness’ award. Cyrus’ performance was obscene, suggestive, racy, provocative…and as Kevin Hart said: She was in need of a pregnancy test afterwards. Clearly, viewers wasn't the only ones feeling discomfort. A photo of Will Smith’s family in shock, disgust, and confusion has been circulating the internet since last night’s show. Sadly, Hannah Montana is long gone….along with her dignity, and self-respect. If she was trying to prove that she is no longer a young Disney star, she was successful. She was also successful in disappointing parents everywhere, and proving that she is the opposite of a role model. My heart broke for not only her and her need to take things so far…but also for Billy Ray and Tish. No fame or fortune is worth the damage she just caused herself or her family.
Even if this was Miley's decision, why were we even allowed to air this? I'll tell you why: It's all about the money, all about the ratings, and all about the attention....even if it's all negative attention. The more outlandish the performance....the more talk that erupts. The 'powers that be' clearly care nothing about Miley or her inner issues, but they quite obviously do care about their fat paychecks. They care nothing about the embarrassment or the ugly scar that this horrendous performance has placed on her name. She is now their puppet...one that is unrecognizable to her once good girl image.
Is this America now? How can the innocent fun of 'Duck Dynasty' and Miley Cyrus' sexual performance exist in one country? The competition, and the split is clear. America is now at a 50/50 point, but which way is this teeter going to totter? Family values and respect or self-destruction and no boundaries?
On a somewhat lighter note, and despite all the oddities of the evening, Justin Timberlake gave a fairly “sensible” performance full of his fan’s favorite songs, and busted out some impressive choreography. Then came the highly anticipated moment: the raved about NSYNC reunion. Though NSYNC’ites had to say ‘Bye, Bye, Bye’ to their old loves in a flash….they were happy for the few moments of nostalgia. Timberlake was definitely the highlight of the evening, and it was clear that though he will always be associated with his fellow band members, he has truly moved on as his own man. It was nice to see the 90's for a few minutes....especially after what 2013 had to offer us.
On another note, Taylor Swift was caught making an unpleasant statement about her ex Harry Styles, but she didn’t do anything even remotely ‘off the deep end’ like her fellow artists. She made her classic ‘shocked face’ when she received her award, but she looked classy and respectable, despite all the bad press she tends to get. She is in the news just about as much as Miley, but she managed to wear a sophisticated gown, not a drunken teddy bear leotard. Though she has been in the news for her dig towards Styles, Miley Cyrus’ awkward display has simply overshadowed every artist who was in attendance.
It is safe to say that viewers were so violated by Cyrus that most people don’t even remember who was awarded what.
The slope only gets slipperier as time goes on. If this bizarre display of freakiness is the new normalcy of 2013, what is 2023 going to look like? Will there be any limits? Will clothes even be allowed?