The MTV VMAs performance has certainly been one to get people talking!
Among the hottest topics were Miley Cyrus’ controversial twerking and provocative behavior onstage with Robin Thicke, and One Direction getting booed before receiving a pep talk from Lady Gaga. To top it all off, Taylor Swift was seen mouthing some expletives directed at ex-boyfriend Harry Styles during his acceptance speech.
The topic on everyone’s tongues is former Disney star Miley Cyrus and her performance and behavior at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
Cyrus certainly shed her good-girl image and shocked viewers across the world on Sunday when she paraded onstage in a flesh-colored latex bikini, twerking, dancing with a foam finger and grinding against Robin Thicke as he sang his hit single “Blurred Lines.”
The performance is not one that will be forgotten anytime soon and has left celebrities worldwide reacting to Cyrus’ little number with comments that are a mixture of shock and jest.
Brooke Shields knew Cyrus when she was a teenager and starred as her mother in Hannah Montana, but in an interview after the VMAs stated, “I was Hannah Montana’s mother! Where did I go wrong?”
But it wasn’t all jest, as Shields continued, “I just want to know who’s advising her, and why [the racy display] is necessary… Our children can’t watch that.”
Shields isn’t the only person to feel that Cyrus’ performance was not appropriate for children, as the Parents Television Council (PTC) has issued a complaint against the channel over the performance, arguing that the show was rated suitable for 14-year-olds, but that after seeing Cyrus and Thicke’s performance, that was not the case.
The PTC stated, “Heads should roll at MTV.”
“This 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,” Dan Isett, the PTC’s director of public policy said.
“MTV continues to sexually exploit young women by promoting acts that incorporate ‘twerking’ [a sexually-suggestive dance] in a nude-colored bikini. How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds?”
Cyndi Lauper also didn’t have anything good to say about Cyrus’ performance. In a radio interview with Australia’s Brig & Lehmo on GOLD 104.3, Lauper slammed Cyrus for her racy performance at the VMAs and felt that it sent the wrong message to her teenage fans.
The 60-year-old Grammy winner said, “That was girl gone wild. So sad, so sad,”
“She’s in a song that literally says that the blurred lines allowed you to — when a woman says no, she means yes — and that’s frightful because that’s date rape.”
Lauper brought up very serious issues, and she finished by adding, “And there she is, a young twentysomething trying to prove she can hang with the big boys and girls, you know, basically simulating a Girl Gone Wild video onstage. And I just felt like that was so beneath her and raunchy, really raunchy. It wasn’t even art.”