On Sunday night Miley Cyrus put on a performance at MTV's Video Music
Awards that appeared specifically contrived to elicit controversy and, by Monday
morning, sure enough the controversy had arrived.For those who
missed it, Cyrus put on a performance that ranged from simply bizarre to crudely
offensive. Such a performance is bait, and I use that term on purpose, for the
more sanctimonious set to thunder about the degradation of our society.
If on cue, the Parents Television Council, a nonprofit "watchdog"
group and perennial foil of naughty media everywhere, issued a press release
condemning the VMAs, which, of course, succeeded in little more than drawing
more attention to them.The council called also for legislation that
would allow viewers to select cable stations buffet-style rather than getting
stuck with multiple channels they don't want. I'm actually sympathetic
to this kind of a la carte cable system (although adult viewers should have the
opportunity to select more adult-oriented channels if they wish and efforts to
scrub cable clean seem nannyish).People, we were had by Miley plain
and simple. This was a premediated attempt to get our attention and I think it
BYU track star your comment is spot on!
And my family didn't even know about this until it hit online news sources.
(I think my kids still do not know. Cyrus is not even on their radar.) That is
because we do not watch TV. Haven't since 1990. The Miley Cyruses, the Lady
Gagas, and the originator of public sleeze, Madonnas of the world have no power
at all if you do not pay attention to them. Turn the TV off. As long as it is
on, the networks will continue to broadcast garbage like this. Then it
eventually will truly become a consumer choice/control media/market by choosing
what programs you will watch from the Internet.
Pretty is as pretty does - this was NOT PRETTY!
Sounds like everyone is jumping to judge yet no one person really knows Miley.
Just her act. They are in fact "actors" with a persona. I'll
teach my daughter to manipulate the masses like Miley, and I will have
This is her choice. Plain and simple. Do I agree? NoBut don't
throw stones.I've done way to much of that in my short life.
@Midvaliean"jumping to judge"Huh? You have got
to be kidding. All Miley needed was a pole and her act would have been complete.
There was absolutely nothing about her "bump and grind" act that I
considered valid entertainment for 14 year olds.I found what she did
disgusting and tasteless.
Add my vote to those who want "ala carte" programming to come to cable,
Dish Network and DirecTV. Sure, I can turn off those channels I don't want
to watch, but I am still forced to have to pay for them with the way the
programming packages are offered.
Why is this a 'dear daughter' moment? If you've done your job,
the stupid antics of Ms.Cyrus are but a stupid sideshow to a daughter who by now
knows trash when she sees it.
Miley is such a poor role model that it is embarrassing people did not walk out.
Good job Moms who are teaching their kids to avoid anything like this.
Three days later and this is still on the front page??? Hilarious! Miley, and
her family, know exactly what they are doing, and all the conservative uproar is
only helping them more. Don't like it, don't watch it - YOU hold the
power to turn off the TV, and YOU have the power to talk to your kids about
proper behavior, don't expect someone else to do it for you because
you're too lazy.
What MIley Cyrus did was just the natural progression of what Hollywood does
with values and morals. Shock, make money, repeat. Her only fault was that she
went too fast. Brooklyn Decker, the SI swimsuit model says she's shocked.
Really?? Miley probably sees what she is doing as the same as Brooklyn's
acts. Brooke Shields is shocked... how did she get started in the biz?
Mainstream media embraces the likes of Kim Kardashian and Paris HIlton... why?
Their acts that launched them into the spotlight are certainly more shocking
than this one. Why does Hollywood and the Media act this way? We
are why. Our society pays attention and by doing so, our money goes. Every
click on that salacious news story. Every time we watch anything immoral.
Everytime we pick up that Cosmopolitan or SI swimsuit issue. Everytime we wear
that outfit that is just a little too short or a little too tight, we contribute
to our society's norms and values. Miley Cyrus is just a reflection of
ourselves as a society. Every action we've done along those lines has
contributed to what she is right now.
AggieloveWe live with cultural values where tolerance is touted more
than standing up for what is true and right. Renouncing something as wrong is
now labeled unfair "judgment" of merely public behavior over
someone's "true" identity. Such is deception.People
here expressing disdain of Miley's performance at the VMAs are saying,
"love the sinner...hate the sins". Jesus Christ spent much time with
sinners teaching doctrine, conveying love in a personal way, and demonstrating
the example of righteousness. And of course, we all sin and fall short of the
glory of God.But, should we cease questioning anything that we know
is wrong because it does not match our personal standards of morality, decency,
and principles? If someone cannot recognize the peril of downward spiral with
popular culture that has been perpetuating for many decades now, they are
kidding themselves. Miley is only one example.Parents perhaps have
the greatest sensitivity to the hyper-sexuality and other undesirable behaviors
conveyed in many public forums, media content, and so forth. We can plainly see
that our children are subject to more temptations having greater consequences
than ever before in the history of the world. This is not okay.
Ep.Yes you should turn the cheek. Cause you will not gain from expressing
thoughts on a newspaper comment board.Everyone has an opinion these
days.And I guess this is mine as well.
Why were all you people watching the VMAs? With the history of this annual
telecast, you knew there would be something that would offend you. And yet you
watched anyway so you could be outraged on Monday morning. That seems a bit odd
to me. Next time, don't watch. Find something else to do and include your
children so they can't watch either.
Why is anyone surprised at the antics of Achy Breaky's daughter... Like
father, like daughter..
We have already shut down our television and use internet to watch favorite tv
shows. I think that many more are likely to do so based on this performance (We
didn't see it but by now we all know about it). Don't chalk this up
too readily as a victory for this individual and the commercial concerns for
which she did it.Hollywood, I believe, is already losing out
financially, and new film studios having success, and cable and satellite TV
are struggling more than a little. In such an economic downturn luxuries are
being jettisoned all around and that includes TV programming, videos and
cinemas. Don't like this terrible performance on MTV? Turn down cable and
satellite tv options that do not permit you to select exactly what you want and
do not pay for and eliminate what you don't want available in your home.
If you can't afford it now might be a good time to terminate your service.
GZEI was far from the VMAs and not even aware they were going to be
broadcast. I imagine most people who expressed an opinion about what happened
on here are probably in the same boat. But, it's the news
machine (for me internet based) that broadcasted her antics on every network and
affiliation that made the story so public. The media machine makes it very hard
to avoid things that might otherwise go unnoticed in the homes of latter day
saints.But, you make a point, perhaps the news really isn't
worth the time these days as well, since much of it is so sensationalized and
entertainment focused anyways :). Much better things to do!
"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"Actually that is exactly what I and many are hoping for and
expect -- that child actors rewarded with worldwide fame, riches and the
opportunity to be role models grow up to act the same way as adults -- pure,
innocent, moral, dignified, in control of their lives, not objectified, self
assured, sober, possessing a clean judicial record, unexposed, engaged in great
causes... helping make the world a better place rather than accelerating its
As it has been pointed out, this "reaction" seems to be validation for
Cyrus' "act." This is chalked up as a win for her, focusing
attention on her faltering "career." True so far as one is willing to
be the object of derision and scorn.Rather the reaction gives hope
that for some people, more than we would before Monday have pessimistically
believed existed, there remains a line of decency -- that something can still
shock and be weird. The reaction really isn't about Miley Cyrus.Soon she will (if she doesn't change) become a postscript, an icon of a
moment. When you see the name Janet Jackson... yeah... a big career reduced
to one stupid decision and moment. Lindsey Lohan? Pathetic butt end of jokes
about a life train wrecked.Hopefully we can continue the dialog and
check ourselves as a society. One can hope anyway.
Well, there are openings for rodeo clowns. It's almost fair season.
Since fame seems to be the driving force as the single most important thing to
achieve in American life, then Miley has succeeded. These days, a person can
have a sex tape out there for everyone to see, and does that ruin them? No,
they become more famous and popular and go on to get TV shows and clothing lines
and make millions. Do I think this is good? Absolutely not. Do I think it
will change? Absolutely not. It will only get worse. There will come a time
when what Miley did will be commonplace and the next Miley, or Paris, or Kim,
will have to push the envelope even more to get the same amount of fame. The
home is the only place one might be able to get away from this stuff, but with
all the incoming media these days, even protecting the home might be in vain.
What a world!
Let this be a lesson: Dance raunchy on TV and have your morality judged by
others.Cheat on your wife while Governor of South Carolina, lie to
the public about your whereabouts, use taxpayer money to see your mistress,
break sacred marriage vows before God and you will get elected to the US House
of Representatives by fellow Conservatives that are judging this girl.
@JJJHS - I don't think conservatives will soon be electing Anthony Weiner,
Eliott Spitzer, or Bill Clinton to any office. Many liberals are also judging
the shocking immorality of Miley's dirty dancing. That your sanctimony is
only aimed at one side of a bi-partisan castigation of Miley's disgusting
conduct only teaches us the lesson that you are too blindly biased to have any
I can't wait for her next performance at Stadium of Fire!Seriously, it's sad how this happens to some of these young stars. You
wouldn't think that it could be that they have such low self esteem, but I
guess when your whole life has been lived for you by PA's and publicists,
you don't get a chance to grow and mature naturally. Hollywood wants to see
these young people grow up so fast, that some can't handle the speed at
which they are being forced to mature. Sadly, some don't mature. Miley
herself recently said her transformation was "puberty" I guess by saying
she is going through puberty at 20 is a good indication that she wasn't
allowed to mature naturally in her teens. I actually feel bad for her. No young
woman should feel so low about herself that she has to squirm around, flicking
her tongue and grinding on a married man to get her sense of self. Tragic! To
see her mom applaud and look like she was proud, I hope she was just doing it
for the cameras, because no parent should be proud of that spectacle.
@ Hutterite - American Fork, UT - "Why is this a 'dear daughter'
moment? If you've done your job, the stupid antics of Ms.Cyrus are but a
stupid sideshow to a daughter who by now knows trash when she sees it."Hutterite - Wise parents use EVERY applicable opportunity to
have dear daughter' discussions. Indeed, why wouldn't you?I'm glad that I could clear that up....
Count how many stories have occurred about Miley over the past week. I am
guessing hundreds nation wide from printed news to the internet. Miley got what
she wanted - attention because attention pays mega bucks as we see continually
from all these dirt bag rappers like JZ and others. American culture is in the
sewer especially age 17-23 and little Miley gave um what they wanted. Shock and
Why do we keep talking about this train wreck of a story? I am personally tired
of seeing her picture (especially the one associated with this story - though
there have been far worse) plastered online....many times without my having to
search for it at all. A proper story would be a remake of the old Willie Nelson
song...."Mama, don't let your babies grow up to be Media Stars."
Here is the trend I find disturbing. Adorable, wholesome, fresh-scrubbed child
star offers seemingly appropriate entertainment to a generation of children and
tweens. She then outgrows that demographic and, chasing the entertainment
dollar that has become her meal ticket, "matures" into a glorified pole
dancer, objectifying and hypersexualizing herself and women geneerally.
Meanwhile, her adoring fans watch their role model's evolution. Some will
say this is a big media conspiracy to destroy society or the family. I am not
saying that. Some will say that these women have an obligation to serve as role
models to the young women and thier families who have made them welathy
celebrities. I think that would be nice, but I am not even saying that. I am
just saying that I am every day more grateful that we have not had cable TV in
our home, and that my daughters have essentially no idea who Brittney Spears,
Christina Aguilera, Lindsay Lohan or Miley Cyrus are.
This article is just one big personal attack aimed at the parents of Miley.
It's one thing if you want to judge her actions, but to judge her motives
and her parents too is presumptuous. This type of judging is very dangerous and
just happened in South Korea recently when a group of artists were executed by
firing squad for doing porn... and after that, for good measure the family of
those caught doing porn were put in prison. If you are going to judge, then go
ahead and judge, just be sure you're judging the right person.
Justin Timberlake had this to say about Miley at the VMAs. "I
was not in the crowd because it was close to my performance," Timberlake
said. "I don't look at Miley that way, because the first time I met her
she was 'Hannah Montana.' My thoughts on it are, it's the VMAs.
We're talking about Madonna in a wedding dress ****** the stage, we're
talking about Britney doing a striptease. This cycle is not uncommon. ...
It's almost like if something like that doesn't happen at the VMAs,
then I feel like it was boring."In other words people, without a
mini-VMAs scandal dejour, there would be no VMAs telecast.
Why is her tongue still out in like EVERY PICTURE I've seen!?
What about Robin Thicke?A 36 year old married man and father, who
was dancing very inappropriately with an intoxicated young girl, singing lyrics
that were just as inappropriate; and what happens the next day? We're all
boycotting the 20 year old. The grown man gets a pass?
@GZEAmen brother. I haven't watched the MTV awards or the
channel itself since the 90s. I need not be a rocket scientist to know that I
want no part of MTV. And I am relatively liberal, at least for this state. I stay away from corporate entertainment 95 percent of the time anyway.
Thank you Sirius radio options and Netflix documentaries. I only know of this
Miley thing from still photos on my homepage (yahoo) which I never clicked on.
Yahoo is also trash, just more disguised for the smaller brains to click on what
they think is relevant or news. Is there any news left by the way? I quit
watching that propaganda as well around 7 years ago. FOX, MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and
Al Jezeera, it's all the same brainwashing agenda. Why watch
the MTV awards at all? But what do I know? I avoid the academy awards and award
shows in general. I see them as just a circus worship parade. However, Daniel
Day Lewis is a tremendous actor. It's funny though, as good as Lincoln was
to me, I thought Lewis was better in a hand full of other movies.
People were actually watching the MTV awards? I guess people have nothing better
to do. Anyway, good for you Miley, you got the attention, and in your business
that is exactly what you need to do. Congrats, and strong work. You knocked lady
GaGa right out of the ring. Did anyone notice this from Genn Beck in
the article:"And in the end, if enough of us rescue our own
children and our own families, there will be enough of us to be able to set the
example when the reset button is hit, and we will lead the way out of real
darkness."He is going to "lead the way out of real
darkness"? This guy has lost his mind. No, really, he has.
You know, I was having a discussion the other day where I pointed out how
aggressive conservatives and Republicans can be in their personal attacks on
people, much more so then liberals. I had people telling me I was wrong. Well,
look at these comments, mostly coming from conservatives, attacking this 20 year
old young woman for a suggestive dance routine.
I always thought she was a self-absorbed, narcissistic, over-raated and was not
that talented or pretty as a teen queen when I watched her show with some of my
grandkids. Now having seen where she's gone as a post teen, desperate to
keep the lime light and doing anything to keep it, I feel sorry for her and
anyone who continues to follow her. Let her go kids and move on. She's
already a has-been trying to re-invent herself instead of trying to find her
core person, which may not exist. That's what happens to some teen stars
who don't know who they are outside the invented personality they are for
tv. Daddy Billy Ray, where are you now? Cheering her on? And mom too? What a
Prediction- when these two are long forgotten in the public eye public eye Robin
will settle down, have a daughter, and write childrens books to justify himself
while Miley will never go away because she just won't.