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Should MTV Be Held Responsible For Miley Cyrus' Performance?

SheSpeaksTeam By SheSpeaksTeam 08.27.13
Should MTV Be Held Responsible For Miley Cyrus' Performance?
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It’s what everyone has been talking about all week: Miley Cyrus and her (what some would call) bizarre performance at the 2013 VMA’s. The child-star turned sexy pop star has caused quite a tongue-waggling stir after performing a suggestive twerk-ridden dance with Robin Thicke. Though some are willing to laugh it off and make jokes, the Parents Television Council is taking Miley’s moves very seriously.

The PTC issued a statement placing all the blame on MTV, calling for a Television Consumer Freedom Act that would allow parents to choose whether or not they wanted to have MTV included in their cable television package.

PTC Director of Public Policy, Dan Isett, explains how he believes MTV has given the VMA’s a false rating this year. He says, “MTV has once again succeeded in marketing sexually charged messages to young children using former child stars and condom commercials -- while falsely rating this program as appropriate for kids as young as 14. This is unacceptable. He adds, “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. 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?”

What did you think of Miley Cyrus’ performance at the VMA’s this year?

Do you think MTV misled viewers by marketing the VMA’s as a family friendly program?


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  • Charliegirl01 By Charliegirl01

    Miley is young, smart and very talented. She wanted people to talk about this performance and they did and she has a hit cd! I love her music. I love her taking risk. She reminds me of the Madonna I fell in love with when I was her age. I hope she stays smart and I do wish she would keep her tongue in, because it isn't very rock and roll to me. She wants that Billy Idol feel to her... She can sing Rebel Yell and she can be as punk, tender or rockin' as she chooses... but, keep the tongue in. Robin Thicke was just as much a part of the performance and his playing innocent makes me sick. You know they practiced that performance and he was all up in her and loving it. I feel sorry for his wife. She may be rich but he likes to portray like he needs sexual fulfillment all over the place. It is ok for for to do that but not Miley. MTV always provides a great show and they did just that.

  • aamita By aamita

    What happened to Hannah Montana.

  • pippilongstocking By pippilongstocking

    From what I saw, it was sad and gross at the same time, but MTV made a targeted decision to air what they thought their audience would like, and what would boost their word-of-mouth buzz. I didn't watch the program, but clips/write-ups were all over tv/media the next day. Ultimately, it's up to the adults what they and their children view. From what I can tell, MTV got what they wanted: more publicity. I watched MTV as a kid, and it was different then, not as bad...but since growing up, I wouldn't miss it if my service provider dropped it from their listings, it's just another channel we skip to get to the ones we want to watch.

  • bellesmom28 By bellesmom28

    MTV knew what her performance was going to be. I am appalled that they let it happening knowing the VMA's are watched by children. The way she acted on that stage was uncalled for. I understand she is trying to break away from people thinking of her as a child Disney star but this went too far.

  • debbieram23 By debbieram23

    MTV should not be blamed for Miley's performance. She seems to be trying too hard to show people that she is nothing like her "Disney" character. I was disgusted with her performance. I always liked how her song lyrics were about confidence and being yourself, but this performance was just crazy (in a bad way). I hope her parents or a real friend took her to the side and told her how ridiculous it is to behave that way.

  • madziuch97 By madziuch97

    they shouldn't necessarily be blamed but they did know what they were signing up to

  • Kenzie89 By Kenzie89

    I don't think MTV should be blamed necessarily, but they had to of known what they were getting themselves into when they asked Miley to perform. I don't really keep up with her antics, but even I knew that girl is definitely trying to make a name for herself - something far, far away from the Hannah Montana brand. I do however think Miley should have had a more tasteful performance!

  • NBgirl By NBgirl

    I didnt watch the VMA's, but my daughter, 15 and son, 14 saw the show. She mostly watched to see if Austin Mahone would win any thing( he did, LOL!) Anyways, I later asked if they watched the crazy Miley on stage and freaked out by what my daughter told me! Something is wrong with that girl and yes, maybe she acted out because there was a time where her parents split and that does have something to do with it. Most people would say "no". But, how else can you explain her behavior. MTV KNEW what they were getting into as soon as they asked Miley to perform! Yeah, I do agree that they are to blame....HELLO, kids do watch the VMA's! Did anyone see the Smith Family! SHOCKED! Everybody now likes to watch trash on tv, no matter what channel you have it on! Has anyone noticed the shows that are on tv? All the same to me, drinking and teen moms.....seriously!? I do know what my kids watch and they dont watch trash like that! Miley needs serious does MTV!

  • Carrie369 By Carrie369

    Nah, I don't think so. I do however think she needs an intervention. She needs help. It's sad.

  • Trudy13 By Trudy13

    Miley's performance was rehearsed. MTV knew exactly what they were doing. MTV will keep doing this as they keep making money off it. I I watched a clip to see what the big deal was. The commercial on the clip was Pepsi. Should they be blamed? They are supporting and capitalizing on this type of behavior. I thought the performance was disgusting and Miley lacked class and maturity. Does anybody here think she cares. NOPE. She wants to make money and iTunes is reporting 3 of her songs in the top ten this week. Her performance was lucrative for MTV, her and the sponsors. The people that keep buying her crap are ultimately the ones to blame. Miley is laughing at us all the way to the bank. She doesn't care if the world think she is a HO as long as they buy her records. Society has told our young people you are successful if you are rich and Miley is rich. I choose to teach my children that their worth comes not from how much money they make but from the ethics and morals they hold.

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