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Yep, Those Lines Are Blurred Alright: My Thoughts on the Cyrus-Thicke Performance

Confession:  I never really watched MTV.  Occasionally, I would idle on the channel while working on homework, but it didn’t take me long to realize that it was more about sex than it was about music.

We’re talking the TV living space of great quality television like “Teen Mom,” “Jersey Shore,” “Real World,” and “16 and Pregnant.” No, that’s not all they offer, but, by their own admission, these shows are among their most popular.

Confession #2:  I’ve never approved of Miley Cyrus.  Once my high school girls started moving their hips like “yeah” I had to explain to them the difference between saying you’re a Christian and living like you love God.

Well, after Sunday night’s atrocity at the VMA’s, I don’t feel one ounce of guilt for not watching MTV or approving of Miley Cyrus.

I seem to recall a certain Superbowl half-time show (produced by MTV- surprise) that raised the roof years ago because by ‘accident’ a breast was exposed.  The Superbowl’s target audience is adult men, who by half time are so full of beer and hot wings it’s unlikely many of them are even watching the half-time show.

It makes sense though that the Superbowl would be dominated by sex- it’s in the commercials and in the scantily clad cheerleaders.  I’m not saying it’s OK, just that it makes sense, given society and business and all that.  Still, we got angry.  The world got angry.  That was the Superbowl.

This is the VMA’s.  Artists represented included Taylor Swift, Justin Beiber, Selena Gomez, One Direction, Demi Lovato, among others.  Why do I point out those specific artists? because these are artists that teens and preteens idolize.

So here are young children, tuning into MTV’s music awards (parents, I’ll get you later), to see the superstar on their back-to-school notebook, and what do they get?

Freaky-looking teddy bears and sex (because those should go together).

No, not sexual intercourse, just women in leggings and thongs, twerking, and slapping each other on the butt.  They get Miley Cyrus- the star of Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana (series ended in 2010), using a foam finger like it’s a sex toy to fondle herself and her male co-star then grinding into his hips.  It would be porn if it weren’t for that pair of flesh-colored briefs.  Scratch that, it is porn- softcore, but porn.

Both of them should have known better.  Neither of them care.

I don’t even know where to start.  I don’t even know what to say.  Step aside, Dirty Dancing.  We thought Beyonce was bad…

This is not simply artistic expression.  This is our future if we don’t stop it.

So many people see nothing wrong with this.  See nothing wrong with a 20 year old ‘role model’ setting the example of unrestrained sexual aggression in public.  See nothing wrong with a man objectifying her in that way.  See nothing wrong with exposing children to this.

This is the new sex that sells.

It’s no longer enough to have a woman in a bikini; a majority of women wear them.  It’s no longer enough to allude to sex; we have to illustrate it.  It has to be shocking, bizarre, borderline repulsive.

Am I the only one seeing this?

Magic Mike– a show about male strippers (in essence, women objectifying men)

50 Shades– an erotica novel about a BDSM (Bondage sadomasochism relationship- in which a woman essentially consents to being tortured)

Twerking– groups of high schoolers make lewd videos of girls twerking (women rock their butts back and forth- don’t call it dance- it’s not dance.)

Frontal Nudity– did you know there is current legislature that could allow for women to be shown completely nude during daytime television.  (Not that they should be shown on television at all)

VMAs– in which a teenage role model has an orgy on national television.

And the song they’re singing?  The original music video has topless women.  It’s broken all kinds of records and made number 1 (great taste, America).

I looked up the lyrics, crude references to male and female body parts, derogatory references to women in general, and calling a woman an animal (that explains a lot).

Thicke himself even said,

“We tried to do everything that was taboo. Bestiality, drug injections, and everything that is completely derogatory towards women. Because all three of us are happily married with children, we were like, ‘We’re the perfect guys to make fun of this.’ People say, ‘Hey, do you think this is degrading to women?’ I’m like, ‘Of course it is. What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I’ve never gotten to do that before. I’ve always respected women….So we just wanted to turn it over on its head and make people go, “Women and their bodies are beautiful. Men are always gonna want to follow them around.”

Now, to be fair, in the context he says that the song and video was all meant to be over-the-top and funny.  That’s why I included that last part about wanting people to see the beauty of women’s bodies.  But here’s my reaction:

we’re celebrating the beauty of a woman’s body by being derogatory?

Anyone else confused?

Or, better yet, we’re ‘celebrating the beauty of a woman’s body’ by featuring three supermodels.  If you want to celebrate the beauty of a woman’s body- get a real woman on there- a woman with a little cellulite, a few stretch marks, and some love handles.

This is not cute or funny.  If a guy at your workplace talked to you like that, you’d sue him for sexual harassment.  If a guy on the street actually talked to you like that, you’d hit him with pepper spray.  What about it being on a national stage makes it acceptable?

whether or not your intentions are to do so, the song is degrading toward women.  That performance was degrading toward women.

Oh yes, ladies, let’s fight for the right to have a song written about treating us like animals.  It’s everything we’ve always hated.

Like the opening verse says “Maybe I’m out of my mind.”

I think we, as a society have officially lost ours.

One comment

  1. It is indeed very chilling; and sadly, we shouldn’t be surprised: 2 Timothy 3:1-5. Am personally praying for repentance and revival in the church…