So, the country is up in arms about Miley Cyrus and her Aug. 25 performance at the 2013 MTV VMAs. Parents across America are reacting and calling her performance way too racy for teens and pre-teens. The Parents' Television Council even issued a statement condemning Miley’s shocking performance, which included stripping down to her underwear, grinding with a foam finger and “twerking” with giant teddy bears. So, are parents shocked and saddened by the 2013 MTV VMA performance that is causing such a stir? It all depends on the age of the child that watched.
Teenagers are accustomed to seeing over-the-top acts and crazy things on television. In fact, the MTV VMAs are widely known for airing outrageous moments. Did Miley Cyrus take it too far? According to the Parents' Television Council, the simple answer is “yes.” The non-profit organization slammed Miley Cyrus and MTV on Monday by stating in a press release…
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. 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?
The Parent’s Television Council went on to state on Monday…
This content would likely not be given a forum if it were on a broadcast network, 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.
The truth of the matter is that Miley Cyrus played a bit role to Justin Timberlake (the star of the show) during the 2013 MTV VMAs. Yes, she “twerked” Robin Thicke as they stormed through a medley of hits including “We Can’t Stop,” “Blurred Lines” and “Give It 2 U.” Miley started out innocently enough, but took it a step too far when she stripped off her bear-emblazoned leotard to straddle Robin Thicke and her foam finger. At that point, most parents across America voted with their remote and changed the channel.
As the parent of two teens (age 19 and 15), my personal reaction was mixed. The MTV Video Music Awards show is widely known for draw-dropping numbers and outrageous costumes. That’s why I didn’t let my 15-year-old tune in. However, my 19-year-old is an adult and has seen much worse on television. He can distinguish between media hype and reality. Bottom line? One watched, while the younger one didn’t.
- “Miley Cyrus looked ugly, disgustingly crass, desperate, vulgar, masculine, grotesque, unattractive in every way. How many times was she going to stick her tongue out like a dog and rub herself like a perverted low life classless piece of trash?”
- “Okay Miley Cyrus has lost her mind!!! I am beyond shocked at how just trashy and raunchy she was acting. There was nothing "sexy" at all about dry humping a foam finger in front of people. What is up with her??? Is it just me or does anybody else see the oh so wrong road she's traveling down???”
- “Wow. Gross. She was just gross.”
- “This is probably the worst thing I’ve ever seen.”
- “What happened to Hannah? And shame on Robin.”
- “I am totally disgusted & saddened at the road she is going down. Her parents need to get her in rehab for whatever she is on. I also feel very bad for Robin Thick…he looked embarrassed by her behavior.”
So, do parents have a reason to be outraged over Miley Cyrus at the 2013 VMAs? Yes, but they also have the power. Power to determine if the MTV VMAs is appropriate for their children. Power to change the channel at any time. Parents, it's time to vote with your remote and decide what is best for your child. It’s as simple as that.
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