Miley Cyrus‘s raunchy, highly sexualized, and otherwise lackluster performance at the VMAs continues to keep gums flapping, this time from the mouth of the Parents Television Council who is less than thrilled about all the sexy sex time that was happening on MTV. According to them, parents were duped about the show’s rating.
In a statement released today, the organization says that MTV “falsely” had the award show rated as being appropriate for kids as young as 14, despite “marketing sexually charged messages to young children using former child stars and condom commercials.”
The hypersexualized marketing to kids critique is valid, but exactly how long are we going to chastize Miley Cyrus with the “former child star” label to police her conduct? Until she’s 25? 30? 40? Despite her rather elementary and painful attempts at on-stage sexuality, she’s a legal adult now with an adult brand she’s trying to push.
More to the point, children should not be looking to individuals in the entertainment industry — one of the most explicitly immoral industries next to sex trafficking or porn — to reflect upstanding character or possess “family values.” Unfortunately, some obviously do thanks to some very keen marketing from Disney and the like that have child stars plugging their virginity and wholesomeness like it’s Diet Coke. But parents, make no mistake, these aren’t your children’s playmates. They are entertainers in a highly competitive industry that would only pause to contemplate morals (whatever that means to you) to package and sell them.
Parents Television Council doesn’t just fret over Miley, however, rattling off a list of issues with the VMAs:
âThis 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.
âMTV continues to sexually exploit young women by promoting acts that incorporate âtwerkingâ in a nude-colored bikini. How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds?
âHow is it appropriate for children to watch Lady Gaga strip down to a bikini in the opening act?…
âThis content would likely not be given a forum if it were on a broadcast network. Yet MTV continues to push limits because itâs a cable network. But that does not mean MTVâs decisions have no consequences, especially for the millions of children who were targeted by MTV.”
Parents Television Council uses this opportunity to make a plea to Congress to pass the Television Consumer Freedom Act, which according to them will give parents “the ability to choose and pay for cable networks that they want vs. having to pay for networks they donât want.”
But Paul Porter, TC Advisory Board Member and former BET Executive, not only says that “heads should roll at MTV” for violating the aforementioned broadcast codes, but thatÂ the âThe Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke performance simply substituted talent with sex.”