Other parents are also standing up for what they believe is best for their children.
As previously reported by the Deseret News, the Parents Television Council issued a complaint against MTV regarding several performances that were shown during the program that was rated OK for children 14 years old and up.
"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," the Parents Television Council press release stated.
“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?"
Mika Brzezinski, the co-host of MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" and Dr. Nancy Snyderman had more to say about the topic on the "Today Show" regarding what duty parents have to their children. After co-host Matt Lauer said that Cyrus' performance shouldn't surprise anyone in the media, Snyderman responded as a mom.
"I have my parent hat on right now, sorry I'm not a member of the media right now," Snyderman said on the "Today Show." "Where are the parental guidelines to take a child from Hannah Montana to the next stage like that?"
In an open letter to Cyrus, Sasha Emmons expressed that after witnessing Cyrus' mother applaud her daughter's performance Sunday night, her belief in the importance of parenting was reaffirmed.
"If I were your mother, you’d be getting a stern talking-to this morning," Emmons wrote on ivillage.com. "Someone needs to give you a hug, and love you in the hardest way a parent can love their child: by not always saying yes.
"As a mother to a daughter myself (a daughter who, thankfully, was in bed and didn’t watch), I want to raise a woman who’s proud of her body and in control of her sexuality. But part of that is letting her know it’s important to put on the brakes when something feels wrong. And that performance just felt so, so wrong. Your mama should have told you so."
Jill Simonian, a mother of two daughters, also wrote words of advice to Cyrus in her blog post "My, My Miley." Simonian begins her letter by pointing out that while she has been a fan of Cyrus for a long time and even stood up for her in recent years, she said that her VMA performance was much below the performer's talent.
"Last night, I watched from my couch and felt sad and violated," Simonian wrote on her blog. "At one point during your performance, I covered my eyes and then cringed out of fear that I'm turning into some prude mother. But I'm not turning into some prude mother."
Simonian expressed her understanding that Cyrus no longer desired to be associated with her innocent past, and that no one could expect her to stay that way, yet as a mother and a fan, Simonian hoped for a brighter future for the 20-year-old.
"It's not about being an example for little girls around the world, it's about being the best YOU that you can be. Last night, you did not win, Miley. So as a fan, I'll ask you to put your tongue back in your mouth and get back to winning," Simonian wrote on her blog.
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