If you haven’t seen the spectacle that was Miley Cyrus on the VMA Awards, then consider yourself lucky. Some people who have watched the performance still haven’t recovered. Many feel embarrassed for her, her family and her fiancé. Clearly she is lacking attention from those close to her, as evidenced by the VMA “performance.”
Where do we begin? How about with the fact that she clearly has Transient Tic Disorder, where one’s tongue is constantly sticking out. Since when did that become on trend? Is it the new duck face? How about the so-called “twerking?” This needs to be a thing of the past. Biting the rear end of a fellow dancer? Using a foam finger to simulate masturbation? The list goes on.
At one point Cyrus was joined on stage by Robin Thicke to sing his controversial, “Blurred Lines.” Some say the song glorifies rape. Others say it’s catchy as hell as was definitely the most talked about song of the summer. But here’s the thing: what song was Cyrus herself singing when she came on stage? No one is talking about the actual music. If you have to hide behind this crazy persona in order to get people to notice you then it could be an indication the music is bad. Really bad.
And what of the Walt Disney Company-the company who gave Cyrus her big break back in 2006? Of course, she is no longer under any contractual obligation to Disney, but what about showing some respect for the kids who supported her and looked up to her? Those kids don’t just look up to the character of Hannah Montana, but to Cyrus herself. She told little girls and boys everywhere that they can be anything they want to be if they work hard and chase their dreams. Last night was a giant “screw you” to everyone who has gotten her where she is. What parent would want his or her daughter turning into what Cyrus has become?
One major complaint of parents everywhere is the sexualization of young girls. Miley Cyrus’ performance blended overt sexuality with childlike images such as teddy bears. This performance disrespects children because early sexualization is harmful to them. The American Psychological Association states that early sexualization of children can lead to eating disorders, depression, low self-esteem and even suicide. Cyrus’ performance is blatantly disrespectful to children as well as all of the hard working people who helped her to achieve success despite the fact that her music is sub-par and her voice is not all that great either. She has limited range and there is nothing unique in her vocals at all.
A recent check on Facebook, Twitter, and various news outlets shows that everyone is still talking about Miley Cyrus’ performance on the VMAs. In that way it was a success. It’s a dream for the executives at MTV, the channel who hosted the VMAs. Are Cyrus’s 15 minutes up yet? Not until we all look away and pretend not to see what she comes up with next.
By: Mary Kay Tettemer Love