From beginning to end, the 2013 MTV VMAs was an entertaining romp through today’s popular music (which just happens to be extraordinarily hot time for pop music), despite one poor showing from one red-lipped tween-icon gone raunchy twerker who made America absolutely aghast at her tasteless performance. I am of course speaking of Miley Cyrus and her tacky, teddy-bear-filled debacle with a Zebra-striped Robin Thicke.
I was so disturbed by her performance that I of course took to Facebook:
Most of the people who commented on my post agreed with me, however one of my lifelong friends, a guy friend, who has seen me do similar dance moves at countless parties and table tops through the years, called me out, in a loving way of course, as being a little Tipper Gore-ish in my comment. I appreciated the comment because it made me think about why I had such a visceral response to her Miley’s performance (and I use that word lightly).
I came to the realization that yes, as a mom, I was disturbed by watching a role model for tween and teen girls dry humping a foam finger and shoving her tongue deep down the camera-guy’s face. It made me wonder, does she really think it’s an attractive and a positive way to showcase her talents and represent herself, particularly to the young women of the world who look up to her? Apparently so since it’s the only type of performance she’s been able to do lately.
But beyond the protective parent in me who worries for the future of my daughters, as a lover of all things performance, I was mainly bothered by the lack of creativity, class and production value of the entire segment, including Robin Thicke and TI who were just as eye-roll inducing. These folks get paid the big bucks to ENTERTAIN the masses, in ways that we don’t otherwise see in Tijuana clubs or on The Jersey Shore. We’ve seen Miley twerk, on more that one occasion. We’ve seen her make sexy pouty lips and puppy dog eyes. On this star-studded night, where the best talents in the world converge, the least they can do is give us something we haven’t seen. Be bold like Gaga or Katy Perry who both ROCKED the house last night, both of whom were sexy and stunning without being slutty, and both of whom put a lot of time and energy into creating a memorable performance (though one could argue that I Miley’s performance was memorable since we’re ALL talking about it). Katy & Gaga showed us though that female performers can be sexy while strong and dazzling without grinding on inanimate objects.
Side note: I cannot over look the incredible performance by the uber-talented Justin Timberlake who made me swoon and squeal, but I will save his performance for another blog post.
So call me Tipper Godwin if you wish, but I would rather watch the Trojan condom commericals with my kids, because at least they are clever and witty and entertaining.