It’s been ten years since Britney kissed Madonna on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards, and it’s been six years since Kanye interrupted Taylor Swift, but 2013 will definitely be a year that will go down in the VMA history books thanks to Miley Cyrus. Why have we not learned that this show is meant to be provocative and outrageous? Miley Cyrus was the definition of provocative and outrageous on Sunday night, August 25th. She even had fun while doing it!
First of all, if you’re a parent and you let your chid under the age of 16 even watch the VMAs- or MTV for that matter- we should just call child services on you right now. Secondly, it has been widely known for a number of years that Miley Cyrus is not a child icon. She is the one and only Miley Cyrus. Thirdly, if you have ever been to a high school dance, you know that what we saw on the VMA stage Sunday night was actually quite tame.
It would have been nice to see Miley sing the song she had just released over the weekend, Wrecking Ball, which is a beautiful ballad that climbed the digital charts with rocket speed. MTV has never marketed this as a family show and never will. Get over it. MTV is no longer about music, but the artists represented at the show do care about their tunes. Artists also need to do what artists do best- be a little wild and crazy, and this was their night to do it.
We even got a blast back to the time of the original provocative boy bands. ‘NSync would’ve had a much cooler performance of thirty seconds, had the cameras not continually cut to Taylor Swift giggling with Selena Gomez. Yes Taylor and Selena, those were real pop stars who existed before Twitter. (Did anyone see Selena Gomez's see through dress?) No one who listed to ‘NSync exactly walks around grabbing their crotch, singing about how they want to “get nasty” with someone online (See ‘Digital Get down’). People do that in private. Guess what? They would be doing it with or without ‘NSync.
Justin Timberlake has turned out to be the god of modern pop music, when he formerly sang about sex, (still sings about sex), and grabbed his crotch. Why is JT so successful? He never tried to be responsible for society, or your kids. Justin, like today’s young artists, is and was who he wanted to be (with a little influence from Lou Perlman).
Personally, I’d much rather watch Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga have an artistic meltdown on stage than view the countless amounts of guns, blood, and violence on television and in the theaters. If you’re a parent- you should teach your kids right from wrong, and not leave anything to your kids’ own interpretations. If you’re a kid- enjoy music, but listen to your parents, and you won’t need MTV to teach you how to end up in jail.
We can’t shield ourselves from all the ills in the world. There are two ways of looking at it- we can be serious and angry, or see the lighter side, make a joke of the show, and see the show for what it really is- outrageous entertainment. Is an awards show that gives out “moon men” really supposed to be taken this seriously? The free press is great for the artists everyone is spending hours online trashing though! Music is what soothes all of our souls, and no one can tell us what will touch us, and bring us joy. A show is a visual memory that fades, but the power of music is beyond any visual medium we can even celebrate.