Everybody’s talking about Miley Cyrus’ performance last night on the 2013 MTV VMA Music Awards, so I figure I might as well too.
The very fact that former Disney Good Girl Miley Cyrus, her managers and the heads of MTV thought it worthwhile for her to behave like a severely demented escapee from an insane asylum, with her tongue lolling out of her mouth for the first part of her routine, doesn’t say much for today’s pop culture.
Neither does her usage of that foam fan hand; her thrusting, pumping and bent-over booty shaking; or the rest of her performance with Robin Thicke, where she stroked his chest among other areas of his body.
Calling the act utterly obscene would be perfectly accurate. So would describing it as relatively awkward, because it was that too. And let’s face it, there are plenty of other terms I can use as well.
But what I can’t call Miley Cyrus’ performance is shocking.
At this point, we’ve so degraded ourselves and our culture, throwing around facts as lies and lies as facts, sexualizing everything possible and opting for shock value over artistry, dignity and beauty, that behaving as ridiculously as Cyrus did last night just doesn’t come across as all that mind-blowing anymore.
So she made hyper-sexual verbal references… What pop, R&B or rap artist doesn’t do that these days?
So she came out in an itty-bitty leotard and then stripped down to her undies… That’s practically expected in the music industry these days.
And what’s the big deal about her using a prop to depict ideas that should be confined to bedrooms... How is that new when vulgarity is the norm at MTV, not to mention in our advertisements, on our radio and throughout Hollywood? For that matter, it’s becoming more and more commonplace in our schools, our news and our larger society.
So sorry, Miley. I just can’t watch your performance and get all that wowed or offended. You’re not the next edgy subject. You’re not bold and daring. You’re just tired and lame.
Which means that you didn’t even sell yourself for nothing. Comparatively speaking, that would have been a bargain.