What is more sad than Miley Cyrus?
This weeks news has been inundated by everyone collective "achey, breaky heart" over Miley Cyrus' performance at last Sunday's VMA awards show. I have to admit that out of curiosity I attempted to watch some of it on YouTube. However, about fifteen seconds in I couldn't watch anymore.
As I have listened to and read the comments from various sources I have some questions that I would ask. Granted I am reluctant to even write this because of what I will explain later, but let me first raise a couple of questions.
The performance was aired on MTV, during an awards show that has historically been controversial because of provocative performances and fashion "statements". MTV was launched in the 1980's as the most cutting edge means of distributing music and videos. However with YouTube, Facebook and other social media the need for a television network for distributing the latest music as outlived itself. So the question I would ask is why was anybody, and especially Christians, watching it in the first place? It is akin to walking into KFC and being surprised that they are serving chicken. It is what they do and what should be expected.
My biggest concern with this episode is the fact we as a society have given credibility to what Miley did. What I mean is that we as consumers have created a culture in which the more outrageous, the more bizarre, the stranger someone is equates to more fame and attention. It is because of this that I am reluctant to even write about this. Our culture has allowed individuals to obsess over gaining fame and attention. Thus youtube and Facebook are so popular.
Miley Cyrus grew up in that culture. She has grown to stardom with the understanding that if you want to continue in the industry you have to get attention. If attention is what she wanted, then unfortunately she got what she wanted. It is simple economics, What sells? Smut, garbage, provocative dress, drugs, bizarre; those are the things in this culture that sell records. The news media knows this as well. Why do they lead with five or six bad news and close their program with one subtle fluffy good news story? Because bad news sells.
Until we as a culture decide to focus on what's good and right in our world we can expect more of the same. I long for the day that the front page news is a story about a teenager who misses out on time with her friends to serve meals to the homeless. Or a man who forgoes a lucrative career to teach high school math in the inner city. These are real heroes and these are the ones who need to be given fifteen minutes of fame.