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“VMA Awards: Musicians, Exhibitionists, Strippers?”

August 27th, 2013 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized

The bears from Miley Cyrus’ performance are still haunting my dreams.
On Sunday, August 25, the Staples Center hosted the MTV Video Music Awards.  The broadcast is known for radical behavior, outrageous performances, and scantily dressed women.  It is ground zero for train wrecks and pop culture and Sunday night did not disappoint.
From Lady Gaga’s white dress that resembled the Flying Nun to Miley Cyrus twerking Robin Thicke; the show the audience breathless and the media exploded with coverage.  Although the VMAs are legendary  for unforgettable behavior such Madonna rolling on the stage in a wedding dress to Britney Spears in a see through jumpsuit performing in a cage, Sunday night’s show seemed to sink to a new low.
Former Disney child star, Miley Cyrus came on stage, tongue wagging and jumping up and down with giant-sized bears.  She is making it clear she is no longer Hannah Montana.   She is also making it clear she is a sexualized, objectified creature.  The example she is setting is clear:  It is okay to go from innocent girl to oversexed young adult.
Some will say she is not a role model, nor does she wish to be.  However, she is a role model just by being on the stage.
Some will say she is accomplishing her goal because we are all talking about her.  True, however she must figure out what kind of performer she wishes to be: A stripper-like performer with singing being an aside or an artist? This performance will not be a highlight if she is ever a Kennedy Center Honoree.
So here is my question:  Are we going too far as a culture? Is the only way to get attention to wear little to nothing?  Where are the talented singers and performers?  Cyrus is not the only singer guilty of this.  Beyonce, Rhianna, Madonna, Britney Spears, Cher, even Selena Gomez use their bodies to get attention and sell music.
Ironically, Taylor Swift was criticized for looking elegant and like a lady.
However, watch your mouth Taylor!

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