Kathleen Parker: Are we finally ready to return to some decorum?

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  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Sept. 1, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    Utah Blue Devil: Whether off topic or not, one could easily say that America also may have had enough of Socialism and Obama too, both of which appeal to the irresponsible, the power hungry, and those who patronizingly yawn about loss of liberty and freedom inherent in not only Obama's presidency, but many past Democratic and Republican presidencies. One thing is for certain, Glen Beck, Obama, and pornographic entertainment will disappear when Individual Americans make decisions that make them obsolete, something I doubt will come anytime soon. In the meantime, whether listening to Glen Beck or Barack Obama, people have to figure out who is telling the truth. I support both of them in their freedom to speak! Fortunately, I don't have to listen to either of them, to know what I need to do to silence them both, change myself.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 9:19 p.m.

    Like many performers she is overrated. Didn't see it because I would much rather watch paint dry. Go Utes!

  • Luke Nelson West Valley City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2013 2:57 p.m.

    The answer to your rhetorical question, LDS Liberal, is both of them.

  • perfidemintrepidus Riverton, UT
    Aug. 30, 2013 2:44 p.m.

    Obviously this subject is intriguing to many people as I have seen more media attention covering this story than I expected. There have been many "Hollywood" people that are guilty of vulgar performances in order to get attention which ultimately generates business. Although I do not condone this behavior, it should be said again that Miley achieved her purpose. Perhaps it wasn't always the dream she had for herself, at least not with all of the same circumstances and details, but in the end she wanted to be recognized by many people for her talent and ability to perform on a stage. I imagine that this endeavor started at an early age like many others and gained some interest from Disney to launch her career. Young adulthood can be a cruel stage in life when many difficult changes take place like leaving home and being responsible for many new and challenging aspects of life. This story has many undertones of pathos and is a real tragedy for a young star that has morally fallen away and no longer the shining star she was for so many young girls.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Aug. 30, 2013 1:29 p.m.

    @RanchHand – “You conservatives are every bit as responsible as anyone else.”

    Too true!

    And for two main reasons:

    1)Corporations are huge enablers of much of today’s crassness, but with the Right so in bed with the “job creators” calling out this stuff, if it’s done at all, sounds more like… “umm, excuse me sir, would you mind not selling/showing trash… no… well OK then.”

    2)The (3000 year old) hijacking of morality by religion - religious people have been drumming it into our heads for 100 generations that religious belief & morality are synonymous. So in many cases, what do we expect when people lose their religion because the olde tyme stories & superstitions no longer make sense?

    Society is in desperate need of a renewal of civic virtue, but with politically correct tolerance of everything on one side and olde tyme religion on the other, it’s unlikely to happen anytime soon.

    Doubt this comment will make me many friends…

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Aug. 30, 2013 11:58 a.m.

    "The usual critiques have included mockery of the right wing, which apparently includes anyone who cares about ..."

    Really Kathleen? Really?

    I'm quite liberal and I can assure you that I find such things offensive as well. Perhaps you should stop blaming Democrats and liberals for all the ills in society. You conservatives are every bit as responsible as anyone else.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Aug. 30, 2013 11:11 a.m.

    Miley Cyrus wants attention,
    She wants a Headline.

    She got what she wanted, didn't she?

    We do you people fuel this sort of behavior by giving her what she wanted in the 1st place?

    Who's the sinner?
    The prostitute for doing what she's paid for?
    The John, who gives her the reason and the incentive to keep doing it?

    Aug. 30, 2013 10:32 a.m.

    It is time to drop this entire topic of conversation. The more adults rant and rave about how horrible it was, the more teens are going to watch, discuss, and decide it can't be that bad if it gets their parents so worked up.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Aug. 30, 2013 9:15 a.m.

    "Don't like this stuff..... just don't watch MTV... I don't understand people who let their kids watch this channel." If you don't like the pollution from the Acme Toxic Waste Disposal landsite, just don't move here.

    Well, I don't like it. But I don't like living in a society where there is an underclass trapped in poverty because children are having children and then the angry young men are taking drugs and shooting children going to school. That is what is being caused by all the corporations using sex to sell stuff.

    Tolerating this stuff, in some circles is considered to be 'liberal'. But it is a 'liberal' action which is causing some very unliberal things to happen.

    Madonna who did stuff like this in the 80's and 90's made more than any other entertainer last year. I think that the Miley Cyrus made a correct business decision. The Koch Brothers are probably green with envy.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 30, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    If the best adjective you can come up with for this is the amusing term 'raunchy', then it seems to me there is still a modicum of decorum present.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 30, 2013 7:31 a.m.

    Those who waste their time watching TV should be more concerned with their own wasted lives than about the performers. We have been allotted only a few hours of mortality. Spending those hours in front of a TV watching raunchy "performances" shows disrespect to Him who gave us those few hours.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Aug. 30, 2013 5:58 a.m.

    By real world measures, the show was a success. We love to be shocked. We love to have something to talk about. It made almost forgotten MTV relevant again... at least when it comes to bringing it to the fore in American conscience.

    If America really has had enough, they will do what they have done in other instances, and they will just turn it off. They will change the channel. The advertising dollars will go away. That is how you know when enough is enough. It has happened equally to the likes of Howard Stern, and Glenn Beck.

    But based on a scanning of the media schedule for fall... it is obvious that the producers of this kind of stuff are hearing Americans say they want more violence, they want more sex on TV. Americans want more bad behavior.... and Ms. Cyrus is just filling a demand that has yet to be quenched.

    Don't like this stuff..... just don't watch MTV... I don't understand people who let their kids watch this channel.