It seems that 2 days after the MTV video music awards, the biggest buzz is centered around Miley Cyrus's somewhat over the top performance. Clad in a teddy bear adorned one piece, Miley took the stage and, for better or worse, captured the attention of the nation. Miss Cyrus, stripped to her underwear and proceeded to "grind" on a giant foam finger as well as her co-singer Robin Thicke. The reaction overall has been critical and one of shock. Partly due to Miley's former "girl next door" persona, criticism has ranged from amused disapproval to outright disgust. The thing being overlooked here is just how standard this behavior is for the VMA's. Over the past 30 years, the award show has provided the viewing audience with many such 'outrageous' or 'shocking' moments. From Madonna's 1984 performance of 'Like a Virgin', which included the singer rolling around the stage in a wedding dress to the very racy kiss between, once again, Madonna and Britney Spears, America has watched and been titillated by, one calculated, choreographed shock stunt after another. This appears to be a calculated move by Cyrus and her management team to move her away from the wholesome little girl image she earned with her Disney Channel show. It seems to be an attempt to show Miley as a grown woman, a sexual creature worthy of the desires of grown men. While this latest performance may have been in poor taste, while there may be some disappointed Hannah Montana fans out there, the bottom line is that the performance itself shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. If the Cyrus team looks at film the way a professional athlete does, the verdict will most likely be one of success. Whether disapproval, disgust, condemnation or disappointment, Miley's performance was one of the most talked about pieces of 'news' of the entire weekend.
August 27, 2013