Lady Gaga opened the MTV VMAs singing “Applause” in an incredible comeback performance.
Justin Timberlake reunited with ‘N Sync.
Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis, along with Mary Lambert and Jennifer Hudson, performed “Same Love” to let everyone know that love is love regardless if you’re gay, straight, or something in between and to raise awareness of marriage equality and homophobia in rap music.
But, by the time Katy Perry closed the show with a performance of “Roar” with a sexy back-up dancer named Lockhart Brownlie, no one probably noticed because they were too busy commenting on Facebook, Twitter, or blogging about the twerk of the century.
Yes, I’m talking about Miley Cyrus’ worldwide television audition for a new career as a Vegas showgirl or an adult movie star.
After her four-minute performance of her hit, “We Can’t Stop” segued into a duet with Robin Thicke and the biggest song of 2013, “Blurred Lines”, the lines were no longer blurred. Two things were established and set in stone from the social network chatter: Miley was a skank and she ruined Robin’s big moment.
I didn’t see this live Sunday night, but as soon as MTV posted it, I had to watch to see what all the fuss was about. While I commented on it with my status updates on Facebook, I wanted to write a few more lines here and expand on my thoughts.
Whether you thought it was disgusting or entertaining, that’s your prerogative and I’m not writing this to change your mind. I just want to point out some obvious things based on some of the comments I’ve read.
Comment: “How am I going to explain this to my 8-year-old daughter or son watching?”
This awards show was on MTV. These shows are known for pushing the envelopes when it comes to sex!
Comment: “But I didn’t know it was going to be that nasty.”
Have you not seen the video to Miley’s “We Can’t Stop” complete with drug references and blatant sexuality?
How about Robin’s unrated “Blurred Lines” video complete with naked women! I’m not talking about scantily clad women, but naked women parading around showing their boobies, feeling him up while he smiles and goes along with it, and boasting that he has a big, well, let’s just say that he’s “blessed”.
WARNING: Both of these videos are for adults only and NSFW!!!!!
Comment: “My little girl loves Hannah Montana”.
Well, Miley Cyrus hasn’t been Hannah Montana since January 2011 and she’s worked very hard, especially lately, to shed that wholesome Disney image. This performance was not billed as “Hannah Montana Does MTV”!
Comment: “If I was Robin’s wife, I would have bitch-slapped her, kicked her ass, etc.”
Whether you liked the performance or not, it falls under the heading of “entertainment”. That’s what music and television are for and that’s what MTV was providing that night. What, you don’t think it was entertainment? You’re wrong.
When I see Michael C. Hall kill people as “Dexter”, I know it’s a performance. It’s entertainment. I don’t think he’s really killing people and I didn’t think Miley and Robin were getting aroused from the act on stage.
There are many musical acts, television shows, movies, and books that I don’t listen to, watch, or read, but that is my personal choice and just because I don’t care to take part in something or like it, it doesn’t mean it’s not entertainment.
Comment: “She a tramp, a whore, a slut” (and many other names being thrown out there) “and she ruined his performance”.
I agree that Miley didn’t sound great singing “Blurred Lines”. However, why is she the one that’s catching most of the flack? Robin is just as guilty for this gratuitous act of sexuality. He was thoroughly enjoying himself and the attention from Miley and the MTV cameras.
And, for the record, Robin is being degraded and blasted big time on his own Facebook page for the performance. However, even there, Miley is being criticized the most!
I don’t know who, if anyone, Miley has slept with so calling her those abrasive names seems a little crass. Maybe saying she was acting “like a tramp”, “like a whore”, or “like a slut” would be more appropriate. She should have just acted “like a virgin touched for the very first time.” Oh wait, even that was controversial back in mid-1980s!
The bottom line is that whether we liked the performance or not, it worked.
All people have talked about since Sunday night is Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke on the VMAs. And, on iTunes, Miley has two of the top five downloaded songs and Robin Thicke is at #4 with “Blurred Lines”. His album is one of the top sellers and the pre-sale for Miley’s new album coming out in early October is already one of the Top Five pre-sales in the country.
The bottom line is that if my 12-year-old daughter wants to see Miley’s performance, I would allow her to see it. Just like any other television show or movie we watch with adult-oriented language or material, I’m there to answer any questions and give her my opinion of what I think is right or wrong.
Miley, you’re young and your adult entertainment career is just taking off. Make the right choices and think a little more about future performances.
Publicity, good or bad, is the name of the game in entertainment.
We need to get over it even though it’s fun to talk about right now. There are more important matters in the world. Google “Syria” and “Egypt” for starters.
But, I have to confess that I’ve already written a small piece about the VMAs and Miley for a blog later in the week, but then I’ll move on after that!