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The MTV Video Music Awards are notorious for broadcasting jaw-dropping, outrageous, performances. Madonna to her iconic song “Like a Virgin” on the 1984 VMAs in an overflowing white wedding dress. In the year 2000, at just 18 years old, Britney Spears graced the VMA stage performing her hit single “Oops I Did it Again” in a rhinestone encrusted nude ensemble. At the time, these performances blew up the tabloids across the globe. But they are nothing, nothing, in comparison to Miley Cyrus’s recent performance at the 2013 MTV VMA’s. She left the American public reeling, and it seems everyone has something to say about the young star.
Miley’s performance on the VMA’s this year was certainly a far outcry from her Hannah Montana years. Her barely there nude bikini was a bit risqué and a tad too revealing. And certainly, twerking on Robin Thicke was enough to make even her most ardent supporters cringe with embarrassment. Quite simply, Miley shocked the world with her performance.
But it was just that. A performance. One that Miley was determined to have people talking about for years to come. For better or for worse. Those who were once die-hard Hannah Montana fans claim it was inappropriate for young girls to watch.
Parents Television Council was outraged at MTV, claiming they were allegedly “selling sex to teens.” I’m sorry, but since when has MTV ever been deemed “appropriate”? Pretty sure my mom still locks that channel on our TV at home. It’s the VMAs. Parents should know to screen the shows their kids are watching, especially because excess promiscuity is so easily accessible now. Miley can’t be held solely responsible. She is only mimicking the success of those who have come before her. The entertainment industry has convinced the public and entertainers alike that sex sells and shock amplifies your status.
And then there are those who are disappointed that the 20 year-old has shed her initially innocent, naïve, Disney sitcom self, in exchange for a reckless, bare-all, dirty dancing pop star. Although her transition could have been a little more graceful, and whole lot less drastic, we must accept the fact that people do change. And that includes once beloved child TV stars. Miley didn’t fade into the background like most of her Disney Channel counter-parts; she’s constantly changed her image to ensure her position at the forefront of the tabloids.
But whatever kind of publicity she receives, Miley obviously doesn’t seem to care. She simply wants to make history. Like Madonna, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna, she understands what sells. Whether we agree with it or not, Miley twerking on Robin Thicke has sparked controversy ever since the show aired. And that was over 2 weeks ago. This girl knows how to keep people talking about her.
Miley has always pushed the outside of the envelope. Recall her photo shoot with Vanity Fair where she was completely naked except for a loosely draped sheet. Or the YouTube video she posted of herself in a unicorn onesie dancing to the song “Wop.”
Last year, Miley ditched the long brunette locks for a platinum blonde pixie cut and swapped her sparkling dresses for studded vests, leather leggings and crop tops. Whether this really is the “new Miley,” or simply a ploy for more media attention, one thing is certain: Miley, like all of us, is just doing what she knows works. And apparently in this day and age, that means parading across the stage half naked and grinding on a 30 year old married man.
Well, Miley, until our friends in Hollywood change their tune and America re-embraces a new, better set of moralistic values, I’m sure we can expect many similar performances from you in the future.