By: At a Glance with Lucas
September 7, 2013
Sitting on the couch last Sunday evening I was relaxing, watching television and came across the MTV Video Music Award’s show. At the risk of showing my age, the explicit sexual acts on stage were far from entertaining and I became anything but relaxed. In fact, I was insulted by the performance and quickly clicked the remote to change the channel.
When did the VMAs become so grotesquely offending? Well, its been a gradual process since performances by artists including Madonna, Brittney Spears and Lady Gaga.
But now that list includes the one time Disney television star of Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus. As a 14-year-old, Miley was an accomplished actress and singer. Somewhere along the way she decided her acting and singing were not good enough, and that she would succumb to twerking (a sexually suggestive dance), while half-naked on a stage and in front of millions of viewers around the globe.
This act was the centerpiece of her recent VMA performance, that included her wearing a foam finger and suggestively touching her private parts.
I understand it was on cable television, but it was on at a time when a younger audience could view it. If Miley wants to be in an R-rated movie, that’s fine, but those explicit actions should be performed through that medium, not one that is geared toward a younger generation.
As appalling as Miley’s performance was, she didn’t do anything that her predecessors before her didn’t do.
Why are we (society) held up on the fact that it was distasteful, it was inappropriate and that it did lack any artistic value? Her entire performance was part of a strategy to provoke controversy.
When it all comes down to it, if you don’t want to watch it, then don’t watch it. If you don’t want to watch someone get beat up, then you don’t watch boxing.
If you don’t want to watch car crashes, then you don’t watch car racing. The same is true in this situation, if you don’t want to be exposed to sexually explicit actions, then don’t watch MTV.
Miley is laughing all the way to the bank. She has received an exorbitant amount of free publicity, by the viral videos on the Internet, the talk shows on television and articles in newspapers.
Miley has the right to make as much money as she can entertaining. We, the people, have the right to not watch.
I’m not applauding or supporting her X-rated performance. I’m not denying that it was inappropriate for younger viewers, only suggesting that we (society) have blown it out of proportion so much so that we are feeding into an unnecessary frenzy.
Is it her fault? Is it our fault?
Society has informally told the media this is what they want to see, by all of their clicks. The click of their remote, the click of their mouse and the click of their phone screen.
Rather than paying attention to a possible attack on Syria by the United States military or Obamacare, millions were watching, tweeting, posting and talking about Miley Cyrus’ performance.
As long as we give Miley attention — and others like her — we are missing the bigger issues and sending an inappropriate message to young ladies.
Are young girls suppose to believe the only way they can make a name for themselves is to strut on stage half-naked? Maybe worse than that, what is the long term message we are sending to society and how they view victims of sexual assault?
I just wonder when today’s images of sexually charged young girls and women will start to change how society will view those victims.
How do you stop the sexually explicit programming by MTV and other networks? You simply stop clicking on it.