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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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • aamita By aamita

    What happened to Hannah Montana.

  • 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.

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