On Sunday night, Miley Cyrus undoubtedly gave one of the most blasted, over-the-top offensive performances in the history of the already often provocative MTV VMAs. Viewers across America sounded off following her sexual display calling it 'filth,' 'trash,' and just plain 'unacceptable.' The former Disney star has disappointed countless people, and received little support since her awkward display. Among those who are upset by her performance is The Parents Television Council. On Monday, August 26, they released a statement expressing their disapproval.
“MTV has once again succeeded in marketing sexually charged messages to young children using former child stars and condom commercials — while falsely rating this program as appropriate for kids as young as 14. This is unacceptable,” said PTC Director of Public Policy Dan Isett in a release. “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-colored bikini. How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds? How is it appropriate for children to watch Lady Gaga strip down to a bikini in the opening act? How is it appropriate for 14-year-olds to see a condom commercial and a promo for an R-rated movie during the first commercial break?”
“This content would likely not be given a forum if it were on a broadcast network,” the statement continued. “Yet MTV continues to push limits because it’s a cable network. But that does not mean MTV’s decisions have no consequences, especially for the millions of children who were targeted by MTV. We urge Congress to pass the Television Consumer Freedom Act which will give parents and consumers a real solution for future MTV VMA programs – the ability to choose and pay for cable networks that they want vs. having to pay for networks they don’t want. After MTV’s display last night, it’s time to give control back to consumers.”
This isn't the first time they have spoken out against MTV. They have previously criticized Jersey Shore, 16 and Pregnant, and Teen Mom, among others.
Will action officially be taken? Is our society finally realizing that things have gone way too far? Will MTV feel convicted to do some explaining?