So, by now everyone has either seen or heard about Miley Cyrus’ performance during the MTV’s Video Music Awards this past Sunday. Are you done hearing about it yet, because I sure am. Yet, here I am writing a post about the controversy surrounding the act.
In case you are the only person that hasn’t seen the video yet, basically Miley danced around with some strange teddy bears to her song “We Can’t Stop” followed by an awkwardly sexual performance with Robin Thicke to “Blurred Lines.” Let’s just say that it involved a nude colored bikini and a foam sports finger.
Let me start off by saying that I, in no way, condone the actions of Miss Cyrus. The whole thing was awkward and frankly disappointing because “Blurred Lines” is one of my favorite songs right now and the entire performance was just uncomfortable. In fact, my initial reaction was something like, “Oh, Robin, what were you thinking?!”
But then all of the backlash started coming in from every media source out there. Parents were outraged at the foam finger humping and all sorts of posts about “How to Talk to Your Daughter About Miley Cyrus” surfaced on Facebook. It got annoying really fast. Thus, I took a minute and thought about this incident and then, honestly, I kind of got angry. Here’s why:
1) It’s the VMAs! This is the one award show where shock value is everything (Think back to that famous kiss between Madonna and Britney Spears in the opening act several years ago). I mean, no offense or anything, but the VMAs are kind of the white trash of award shows. There is always at least one act that creates some kind of uproar from some group or another and we get to hear about if for weeks on end. If this happened at the Oscars or the Grammys, then maybe it would be worth talking about, but the VMAs? Come on.
2) I am the mother of two small boys. There is no way that I would let them watch the VMAs unless I knew they were mature enough to handle the content. As I stated above, shock value is everything, so if you are letting your kids watch this particular award show you had better be prepared for the outrageous, ridiculous and offensive.
3) Um, did anyone notice that Lady Gaga was walking around naked? Like, the entire night? Okay, she had some seashells on her boobs and a covering for her crotch, but that was it. I haven’t seen a thong that thin on TV since…well, since…yeah, I can’t remember. Miley’s performance was uncomfortable, but at least she was somewhat clothed.
4) My favorite complaint: “How could she grind up on a married man like that?” This may come as a bit of a shock, but the whole act was planned. When you put two artists together in a collaboration on stage, they have to rehearse. Knowing this then there shouldn’t be any surprises considering the video that Robin Thicke did for the song. Have you seen the restricted video for “Blurred Lines?” No, click here then and watch it (It does require proof of age, so if you are reading this and you’re under age sorry, no video for you). If you have seen it, then you would notice that the exact same foam finger is in the video. Three naked girls jumping and dancing around – one with a foam finger. Almost like one nude bikini wearing girl dancing around with a foam finger and a microphone. Granted the naked girls in the video aren’t doing anything crude with the finger, but still it was all planned.
It’s not the first time in VMA history that something crazy and offensive has happened and it won’t be the last. I feel bad for Miley Cyrus. In my opinion, she made a bad judgment call and maybe she doesn’t do it again. Or maybe not. That’s the beauty of TV, I can change the channel (or in some cases fast forward) when there is something on that I don’t like. There are so many more important things in the world today to talk about than this one planned performance meant to shock the audience. So, let’s just lay off already and move on to something else.