Media reactions to Miley Cyrus' MTV performance 'veered between disgust and sadness'


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  • zoar63 Mesa, AZ
    Aug. 30, 2013 1:27 p.m.

    MTV isn’t that the same outfit that ran the series Skins and got in trouble with the FCC because of underage nudity. Yeah that’s the one.

  • ojoo49 Ikeja, 00
    Aug. 29, 2013 2:52 a.m.

    I am grateful for parents who takes the training of the daughters seriously and help them to grow int beautiful young women,as I read through the comments i come to appreciate my late mum for all the training and love she gave to us five girls.This young lady needs help because i believe she is lost somewhere and is crying to be saved,her behavior on the show shows this.

  • gigi_gorgeous New York, NY
    Aug. 28, 2013 6:11 p.m.

    She accomplished exactly what the performance intended...to shock and get people talking. Personally, I was more horrified at her huge tongue than anything else....sadly, she does have talent (song writing skills and a nice voice), but the selling of the sex bothers me....what is next for her? Between her and the mindless Kardashian group....our youth are in trouble.

  • twinkleberry67 Layton, UT
    Aug. 28, 2013 6:02 p.m.

    Isn't this typical for MTV? Weren't they the guys who came up with the superbowl halftime show that featured a "wardrobe malfunction"?When this whole thing dies down, people are going to forget all about her and thus begins the viscious cycle of having to come up with newer and raunchier displays to stay in the spotlight. Next come the drugs, booze...
    I'm with all you guys who wish that they just pick and choose the cable channels they paid for. It really is sick that we pay for cable, and have to blockat least half the channels because we don't want to watch the smut. Has anyone noticed how when a performer has real talent, keeps their nose clean and continually cranks out quality material whether it be music, books or some kind of dramatic performance, they are stared at in wonder as a miraculous genius? I'd rather go to a Josh Groban concert anyway.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Aug. 27, 2013 5:49 p.m.

    I am actually more disappointed with the Will Smith family, who clearly showed their shock and dismay, yet failed to take their kids and leave the venue.

    That one move would have made a huge difference.

    All it takes for evil to win is for good men and / or good families to do NOTHING.

  • postaledith Freeland, WA
    Aug. 27, 2013 4:41 p.m.

    Wow. I agree that Miley's performance was raunchy and inappropriate. But she is one person. The music and entertainment business cannot be blamed. People here are so quick to jump on the bandwagon and slam musicians to the ground. But let's not forget those that have done so much for the music business and are class acts. Phoebe Snow, Etta James, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Laura Marling just to name a few. If you look for the good in the world instead of focusing on the negative so much, you will find the good and there is a lot of good out there.

  • Bernard GUi Puyallup, WA
    Aug. 27, 2013 3:44 p.m.

    Mothers: Don't let your daughters be Disney girls!

  • yankees27 Heber, Utah
    Aug. 27, 2013 3:31 p.m.

    TxYfan- So, your post is like hundreds I've read nationally. I too am fed up with paying for a "package" that I don't watch or need. I want to be able to pay for 10-15 channels that I actually watch. I don't need 5 shopping channels, the channels that show real housewives that aren't real, MTV, all the lib media channels, etc. So, what do we do about it? If there are enough people willing to send a message to the cable/sat companies, maybe things will change. I just cancelled Dtv last week. When they called and asked for me to re-consider, I told them I would love to, when they allowed the consumer to pick the channels they want. The lady didn't know what to say on the other end. If enough people did this, and sent a message that most Americans don't like this crap on tv now days, maybe the networks would get smart and listen. Until then, they don't have too, because most of us are too willing to be lead along by the cable!

  • TXBYUFAN Spring, TX
    Aug. 27, 2013 1:03 p.m.

    Even though MTV is part of my DirecTV package, that crap does not get on my TV. Long ago I blocked MTV from the channels we can view. I'd prefer to not pay for it, but since that's not a choice with DirecTV, I've done the next best thing and blocked it from my channels.

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 12:13 p.m.

    I like what she did. Good for her. The fact is she will be rolling in money, that is the idea right? If the DMN is in an uproar about it, then it has to be good.
    With her actions she shed her old look, and on with the new. Go Miley!

  • Mike W Syracuse, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 12:04 p.m.

    Glenn Beck called her performance "A cry for help" on the radio this morning, personally I think it's a "cry of laughter", as she and her family are laughing all the way to the bank at all the attention this is getting. Don't like it, turn it off and don't buy her music. It's the MTV Video Music Awards - what kind of performances do you expect? While I don't care for her music, and don't think she's particularly attractive, she has a right to grow up and be an adult, even if most of you want to keep her as wholesome (and fake) Hannah Montana forever. At least she's not involved with drugs or driving drunk like Justin Bieber, Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan, etc.

    What was more alarming is how much of music today is all about "entertainment" and not truly music... not one act that I saw included guitarists, drummers, keyboards, horns... the days of "bands" making it big appears to be a thing of the past...

  • That's A Good One Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 11:49 a.m.

    Lindsay Lohan 2.0

  • ParkCityAggie Park City, Ut
    Aug. 27, 2013 11:46 a.m.

    And yet she got exactly what she wanted, everyone talking about her. She's a business Woman and she's in the business of selling her image and her music. She needs to generate talk and "buzz". You and other media outlets fell right into her trap. Bravo!

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Aug. 27, 2013 11:05 a.m.

    "High school girls who got pregnant were literally unheard of, and if it did happen, they were taken out of school and even sent away by their parents."

    Ummm.... I am the product of such a situation.... and I came into existence well before MTV was even a thought. What, you think adoption and abortions are new. Please. Just because people had a smidge more class and didn't talk about private matters back then, surely doesn't mean these things didn't go on.

    We doing our family genealogy last year found out my father in law was born 1 month after his parents were married.... which no one at least ever spoke of up to that point. The world biggest syphilis outbreak happened during WW1. Any ideas how that happened?

  • Capsaicin Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 10:38 a.m.

    typical mtv production.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 10:27 a.m.

    "High school girls who got pregnant were literally unheard of, and if it did happen, they were taken out of school and even sent away by their parents."

    The average age of someone having a first child is increasing... teen pregnancy has pretty much dropped to its lowest levels.

  • CF Mom Sandy, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    Hey Deseret News That "woman" who played Hannah Montana's mother is Brooke Shields a star with decent values who grew up in the same Hollywood environment that Miley did. She is not just a casual commenter on the current event but, I am willing to bet, has a perspective that Miley Cyrus could benefit from.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Aug. 27, 2013 10:25 a.m.

    The question isn't what is wrong with Miley when in fact media attention is the lifeblood of celebrity. Nor is the question why is a conservative newspaper like the Deseret News adding to the notoriety by running this story. The question is, why am I and others reading it and offering comments. Answer that third question and first two answer themselves.

  • mecr Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 9:57 a.m.

    This is what those so called "artists" have to pull off where there is no talent. I just saw the pictures in the news and that was enough to say what a low class act!

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 9:40 a.m.

    The saddest thing is that she wasn't booed off the stage. This is an illustration of how corrupted and desensitized our society has become. MTV will continue to air this and even worse, until enough of us turn it off and stop feeding them money.

  • riverofsun St.George, Utah
    Aug. 27, 2013 9:33 a.m.

    Kinda like Lady Gaga, as she hopped in her BMW the next morning and sped down to the bank. Lots and lots of $ generated for her to collect as she heads off on some expensive, far away vacation,

  • TA1 Alexandria, VA
    Aug. 27, 2013 9:27 a.m.

    I had no problem with her performance - I did not watch it which is what everyone else who has a problem with the performance should seriously consider doing instead of endlessly writing about it in these columns - turn off the TV! No audience - no performance!

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Aug. 27, 2013 9:21 a.m.

    SoCalChris - Madonna? Gaga? Embarrassed? They couldn't spell it.

    Are you forgetting the Madonna / Spears slobbery kiss?
    The bologna dress?

    Shock culture was a main element in the fall of Rome. History repeats itself.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 9:17 a.m.

    The irony in all this is that there are many who express outrage or disapproval of Myley, but are the first to defend abortion. As if there is no connection between what is being seen on T.V. and in the movies and sexual immorality or abortion. Democrats, figure it out!

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Aug. 27, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    Folks... burlesque is hardly a new art form. That said...

    It is actually quit comforting to see the level of condemnation her performance has received across the board.... from just about every publication out there. We've all seen this act before... from Madonna, to Britney, Lady Gaga to now the latest performer trying to trade on something other than their talent. But even Madonna eventually cleaned up her act. She keeps heading down this road - her career will be a short lived as her dads... because what she is selling is hardly anything unique.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    Aug. 27, 2013 9:08 a.m.

    One of these days people need to rise up and cancel MTV. It is nothing but degrading porn for the young and stupid.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 8:52 a.m.

    There is no integrity in this kind of business as they are only looking for money in the long-run, not a 20-year old who has gone from Disneyland to public display of non-affection.

  • Dand_Ute WEST JORDAN, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 8:51 a.m.

    It's not surprising that this happened, but our societal standards have fallen so far, it amazes me. I occasionally watch the Disney affiliate ABCFamily and some of the show that are advertised on there are the worst. I would not call them Family shows.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Aug. 27, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    In the late 1980's everyone was worried about the effect of AIDS. A sexually transmitted disease that we don't know how to control, spreading all over the world, millions might die, etc. MTV kept pushing sex in the videos they showed. At one point, Kiss came out with a video titled, "Put the XXX back in Sex". Immediately thereafter there was a commercial for a Mars candy bar. I didn't buy Mars candy bars for 20 years.

  • Christmas Carole LAS CRUCES, NM
    Aug. 27, 2013 8:06 a.m.

    @Morgan Duel & @Serenity: I agree completely.

    I have stated before that I have lived long enough to have observed much of life. The EXTREME spiral down of morality is heart stopping. The ONLY aspect of life that I see that isn't obviously affected is religion(for the MOST part). I haven't, nor will I, watch this much public display of yesteryear's private strip club lewd garbage...

  • Rynn Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 27, 2013 7:41 a.m.

    Why do so many girls in show business think the way to show the world they're not a little girl anymore is to behave provocatively? There are more mature ways to show your audience that you've become a young woman.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 7:02 a.m.

    From an ascetic point of view the act wasn't even well done.
    It was simply gyrating...followed by high-step marching around the front of the stage...followed by more gyrating. She did manage to avoid head-on crashes with the bears, but that is the extent of it.
    Had she been a 3-year-old in a dance class I would have suggested to the parents that they try the piano.

  • Incite Full Layton, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 5:53 a.m.

    It happened on MTV... no big shocker, they've been doing this since inception. MTV should not be allowed within 200 yards of any teen. I know when I was an overly hormonal teen and wanted to watch something illicit, that's where I'd turn the tv tuner. It's a known quantity.

    If this had been some more risque' singer like Lady Gaga, we would've all relegated it to business as usual. Many child stars have started out innocent and gone trampy. Janet Jackson, Brittany Spears, now Miley Cyrus--part of the reason this happens is because once you get to be a woman in entertainment at a certain age, you no longer can appeal to younger more innocent audiences. So they try to remain relevant by doing something more mature, only to discover the audiences don't like change.

    Honestly I think the dupes are those that believed that a person was the role they played once upon a time. Why do we give actors and actresses so much power over us? When will we turn our gaze away from this meaningless box of shadows?

  • Lightening Lad Austin , TX
    Aug. 27, 2013 5:28 a.m.

    What is it about little girls that become celebs, to then become completely screwed up young adults? To make it worse their parents, in many cases, follow suit? Lindsay Lohan, the Olsen twins, the list goes on and on. You make a fortune for your parents to fight over, but you lose your soul in the process. Oh, of course she knew her "act" was going to make people crazy, and that was the point to attack an older market moving from the pre-teens to the 19-25 yr olds who could care less if she does something obscene. I'm sure she and her team are thrilled to get so much ink, she's no longer a minor child celeb, that's all over and it doesn't matter if she has a fair to mediocre voice, she told adults and the media to kiss off, making her a hero to her target audience. The more column inches she gets, mentions on TV news, her fans just become that more enamored with her buying anything with her name on it. Ignore her, and she goes away into obscurity.

  • Pragmatic Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 4:48 a.m.

    She was so disgusting. And she has no talent. So wrong on many levels. But, the most unfortunate thing is Miley Cyrus's disgusting performance is hogging the media. At the same MTV Award Show, Justin Timberlake performed one of the best performances of our time. Now this guy is a true talent and we should be talking about him.

  • mattrick78 Cedar City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 1:05 a.m.

    A cautionary tale for fathers trying to raise daughter in this crazy world of ours: Keep them grounded in reality, keep them close, and don't leave anything to chance.

  • Grammy3 SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 12:52 a.m.

    Makes me sick and worried what my little grandchildren are going to have to deal with. I really worry about my little four year old who thinks that she is a princess and is already exposed maybe to things that are going to influence her. I pray everyday that I can help her see her self worth and that she is very loved. To me this is what is going on with Miley and these other girls who think that this is what people want. They have no self-esteem and mix that with money and no morals then you have what people witnessed last night. Sad that our world is going down the toilet like this. Very Very sad indeed.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Aug. 27, 2013 12:24 a.m.

    I vote for disgusting.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 11:57 p.m.

    Her appearance looked more like a Saturday Night Live skit than a serious performance. In an effort to shock the audience Miley's outfit and tongue wagging was anything but sexy. It was just sad.

  • SoCalChris Riverside, CA
    Aug. 26, 2013 11:44 p.m.

    This wasn't pushing the envelope -- it was deranged. I believe even Madonna and Gaga would be embarrassed by it. The villain is MTV for being such a subversive nihilistic influence in our culture.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 10:45 p.m.

    This isn't surprising for MTV. Garbage in garbage out. People need to stop complaining and just turn this sleaze off. Actually just never turn it on in the first place. Most of MTV is raunchy and most music video's ...like rap ...are the bottom of the barrel so what does it say about you if you are watching it? This little Cyrus girl is lost in life ...much like Lindsay Lohan and will continue to spiral downward just like Lindsay. The poor parents of these girls have to be sick to their stomach to see their daughters mirroring the lowest and the worst of society.

  • snowman Provo, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 10:42 p.m.

    Her father is the reason she is the way she is.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 10:34 p.m.

    She wanted media attention and the Deseret News obliged. Job accomplished.

    By the way, parents ought to block the Disney Channel. We do. I think they're a bad influence and it shows. Their programs consist of a simple formula: having spoiled brats act obnoxious.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 9:56 p.m.

    Here is my BOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Loud and clear!

    She should have been boooood off that stage.

  • Lowonoil Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 9:41 p.m.

    A former child star gone dirty is far more marketable than a girl that starts her career that way, and show business IS a business. Hope it works out better for her than it did for Dana Plato.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    Aug. 26, 2013 9:31 p.m.

    What disgusts me is all the media attention she is getting, it is one thing for her to act like this, but it is very offensive to have it played over or photos shown or even a discussion about it. So she wins, she acted stupid and stupid media is not letting it go.

  • CP Tooele, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 9:29 p.m.

    I have to say that I agree with A Guy with a Brain. My family and I also used to watch Miley on Hannah Montana. It was a clean show. I think she needs to have a very serious father-daughter talk..she's going against all the advice he gave her when she was a young teen. I am also glad that I don't have cable or dish to watch any of this trash.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 9:23 p.m.

    Totally amazing what passes for "music" and "talent" and "entertainment" these days. People seem to lap up anything that's totally absurd, which must leave those with real talent wondering what they have to do to be recognized. Ever watch "America's Got Talent?" You have people on there moving right up the brackets who would have gotten laughed off the stage back in my high school several decades ago.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Aug. 26, 2013 9:20 p.m.

    Shock entertainment is so 90's.
    God is the answer these days Miley.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 9:19 p.m.

    Desperate People stoop to desperate acts.

    BTW -- even 'liberal' MSNBC ripped her performance

    Aug. 26, 2013 8:22 p.m.

    Madonna, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus all chose to go the route of shocking in order to be famous and make money. It seems likely that there is a lack of confidence in their performing abilities and obsession with being famous that leads them to try to shock audiences. Unfortunately, this is a vicious cycle as it leads to less self-esteem and the need to be more shocking and so on.

    And, then there are the impressionable fans, some of whom will buy into and emulate this behavior not realizing the end result.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Aug. 26, 2013 8:12 p.m.

    Haven't seen the YouTube clips but what a shame.

    I thought she was great on "Hannah Montanna"....it was a good show, a clean show with some decent writing and my kids and I enjoyed it. It wasn't "great" but it was a good show. And then what did she do after that exact same show made her SOOOOOOO rich and famous?

    She publicly said she was "embarrased" by ever playing the character of Hannah Montannah.

    How ironic...."embarassed" is how I feel for you, Miley.

    In all seriousness, good luck figuring out your life. I'd start with a long, private talk with your dad. He seems to have a lot more sense than you do....

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 7:23 p.m.

    Oh not to worry. In a few years this will become the "norm" and Miley will be just the first of many. Unfortunately that is the direction in which the morals of this country, no, the world is heading. Not too long ago, movie stars lost their billing and popularity for experimenting with drugs. High school girls who got pregnant were literally unheard of, and if it did happen, they were taken out of school and even sent away by their parents. Rock stars like Elvis Presley and the Beatles were considered evil and the downfall of a generation. Actions which caused an uproar a few years ago are now completely acceptable and normal. We are on a downward spiral and the actors and actresses of Hollywood are anxiously promoting this degeneracy.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 6:56 p.m.

    Miley was raised amidst an entertainment culture that, above all else, values attention and celebrity. And, as every student of marketing or anyone who's lived more than even a few hours in our marketing-drenched society knows, sex sells.

    So, if the goal of the majority of those one is around is, above all else, attention and celebrity, then the most likely means to that end is the most obvious, however demeaning. She is certainly not the first to have used this device and, if the trend follows, will certainly be only one of many, many more.

    This is just another, very illustrative example of the saying that, "If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas." An old story of degeneration that just keeps getting replayed by a seemingly larger portion of each new, impressionable and stupid generation of people. Something for every parent to consider when trying to determine the kind of values they want their children to be absorbing.

  • socorny Canyon Country, CA
    Aug. 26, 2013 6:39 p.m.

    She's trying way to hard to be relevant.

  • Morgan Duel Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 6:24 p.m.

    What is happening to Cyrus, happened to Spears, and many others, the drug, sex and exploitation of Hollywood and the mentality of those in it continues. They pull hundreds into this pig pen many end up in pornography when nothing is left. We feed it because we keep spending on the entire industry. From Dish, Direct TV, to movies and videos we keep spending regardless of ratings. Like other consumer products we are in control but because they reflect us we still spend the money. When we change so will they.

  • Thriller Saint George, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 5:50 p.m.

    Sadly, I think she is reveling in all this attention. She is probably thinking how funny it is that the whole world is talking about her never mind what they're saying.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 5:48 p.m.

    She's due for the next steps, which are meltdown and rehab.

  • joy Logan, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 5:06 p.m.

    She gives me flashbacks to the days of Madonna and people seem to still love her despite
    continuing to this day to display nothing more than porn. It gets attention and brings in big bucks.
    Until the audience pulls their heads out of the gutter this will always draw a big audience.

  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 4:43 p.m.

    This poor girl can never "un-do" these images or what she's become in the minds of so many people--a public prostitute. Even if she someday wakes up to realize how horribly she's exploited herself, the damage is done, not only to herself but to millions. If anyone still thinks Hollywood doesn't destroy, may I present Exhibit A.

    No wonder we as a society can't stop objectifying women, or fail to encourage girls to see themselves as potentially powerful creatures in bringing great change and improvement to the world.

    And actually, I didn't know MTV was still on the air. Thank goodness we quit cable years ago.