If someone woke up from a coma they fell into in 1991, we could tell them "the Achy Breaky heart singer’s daughter did a stripper dance next to the son from the Canadian dad on ‘Growing Pains’, while the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ and his family watched in complete shock.
Of course I’m talking about Miley and the MTV VMA’s.
This past Sunday, the MTV Video Music Awards were held in New York City. A chance to showcase the hottest new music in the world today, and at the same time, showcase the talented, bizarre, the out-of-control and the irresponsible.
In years past, we’ve had stars wear dresses made of meat (Lady Gaga), Jennifer Lopez wore a see-through dress, and we watched Britney Spears and Madonna kiss on stage. Those incidents pale in comparison when we hold it against the teddy bears, and foam finger of Miley Cyrus Sunday. Surrounded by giant teddy bears she sang her new song "We Can’t Stop." It was when Robin Thicke, son of Alan Thicke, joined her onstage in a knockoff NFL referee uniform for "Blurred Lines" when MiIey and her tongue let it all hang out with what can only be described as a strip club dance. And the raunchy performance had everyone talking. None of it good.
Robin Thicke’s mom, Gloria Loring told OMG "I was not expecting her to be putting her butt that close to my son. It’s not that I saw it once, it’s that I can never un-see it."
The Parents Television Council took a harsher stance. In a statement, the organization blasted MTV for again succeeding "in marketing sexually charged messages to young children using former child stars" and continuing to "sexually exploit young women. Here’s how Westman reacted to "Miley and MTV":
Karen Prince: Appalling. The behaviour on all of these shows by these so called stars is disgusting. Our kids are influenced by these people. Does anyone think it’s appropriate for young minds to witness this? It’s pornographic.
Kiera Sampson: Not a fan of her music at ALL! But I wish people would leave her be, she’s not a kid anymore.
Kelsey Taylor: She may not be a kid anymore but I think she doesn’t have to be acting like that. How does that even show that she’s "grown up"?
Jackie Keller: She wants us to take her and her music seriously??? She hasn’t accomplished anything but show herself to be trashy
Ruby Romano: Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez are Former Disney Stars too and don’t act like that. Miley was being too trashy like she took it way too far!! Robin Thicke is 36 and happily MARRIED.
Chris Brandon: What we saw on the VMAs on Sunday night was disgusting, appalling, uncomfortable, and ridiculous. It was an embarrassment I’m sure for MTV and Robin Thicke himself looked like he just wanted to crawl into a hole and disappear. As far as I’m concerned it shows a total disrespect for her fans and the people who got her where she is today.
Angela Hardy: Miley is trying too hard to get away from her past — Hannah Montana — but is going about it all wrong.
Bonnie Fehr: Although I would file her performance under the ‘Skanky Trash’ file, in the end it all comes down to the fact that it’s up to parents to monitor what their kids are watching on TV.
Derrick Genaille: Remember, it wasn’t all that long ago when Michael Jackson grabbed his junk and gave a pelvic thrust! Most reaction was what a freak, and was barely talked about past lunch time on Monday, but with tabloids, TMZ even radio station morning shows giving Miley more attention than she deserves this wont ever be put to rest!
Krista Charney: Pretty simple — if you don’t like it, change the channel. This isn’t real news. It’s sad when we, as society, are more upset with Miley shaking her *** than we are with all the other issues happening in our world.
Jasmine Nordquist: Christina did her Dirty album and Britney did her I’m a slave for you album. Got it out of their systems, realized they looked ridiculous and grew up! Maybe she’ll do the same thing. Or she’ll turn out like Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes and go to jail or rehab for a bit.
Blair Emily Robertson: I think the thing that people are really disgusted about is that we expected her to be classy. I don’t think anyone expects her to say a Disney star, but I do think we want her to be classy, and she didn’t do that. That is why everyone is so disgusted by her performance.
The way Madonna or Lady Gaga approaches things is classy. The way MJ did his crotch-grab was classy, and turned into a thing. Stay classy, people.
Tiffany Vilcu: its her performance she can do what she wants to!
Roxanne Konowalchuk: As my child told me: I looked up to Miley and now I don’t. Enough said. She grew up watching up watching Miley.
My daughter Liberty said the same thing, Roxanne. Then again, she’s moved on to Justin Bieber, then dumped him and is into One Direction since Hannah Montana.
She understood it was not appropriate, however I explained it was entertainment, and "we might watch a movie with someone shooting another person. That doesn’t mean we go and shoot someone.
Entertainment is not real. Celebrity is not real. Entertainment is to be funny, sad, shocking, maddening etc. And speaking of maddening, according to gossip site MediaTakeout.com, Robin Thicke’s wife, Paula Patton was furious after the performance, reporting that Paula tried to "go after" Miley backstage, even trying to put her hands on her. The report goes on to say someone had to physically hold Paula back, as she "was going crazy". Plus she seemed to be a little tipsy, after a few glasses of champagne.
Then Tuesday TMZ reported Paula was totally cool with the performance, saying she knew what was planned because there were "a ton of rehearsals." Really? I’m not sure I believe that. But what I do believe, is Miley got the attention she was looking for. And she certainly distanced herself from her Disney image. And only time will tell if this was the right way to go about it. And what I do know for sure, is there is plenty of room for more shocking events to happen a the MTV VMA’s. And I have to admit, I’m curious and scared of what might happen next.
Katherine Delaurier Chartrand
Jordon W.T. Steiner
Monique Perey & Steve Antaya (Mr. Swap & Shop) are getting married at Clear Lake today. Congrats, guys!
JOKE THIS WEEK
The poor blonde is flying in a two-seater airplane with just the pilot.
He has a heart attack and dies. Frantic, she calls out a May Day.
"May Day! May Day! Help me! Help me! My pilot had a heart attack and is dead.
And I don’t know how to fly. Help me! Please help me!"
She hears a voice over the radio saying:
"This is Air Traffic Control and I have you loud and clear. I will talk you through this and get you back on the ground. I’ve had a lot of experience with this kind of problem.
"Now, just take a deep breath. Everything will be fine! Now give me your height and position."
She says, "I’m 5’4" and I’m in the front seat."
"O.K." says the voice on the radio....
"Repeat after me: Our Father.. Who art in Heaven......."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 31, 2013