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The Media's Obsession With Miley Cyrus

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    If you are to believe all the pundits, Miley Cyrus' performance at the MTV Video Music Awards was the absolute worst thing that has ever been shown on television. How dare a twenty year old behave in such a manner? Where were her parents? And why in the world would MTV allow a performance like that to happen? It's all quite simple--it just wasn't that big of a deal.

    It seems as if we have an absolute double standard when it comes to our young female performers. They need to dress appropriately, hold hands, and sing kumbaya to the audience. If they happen to veer off that course, then beware. I do wonder why no one seems to be throwing stones at Robin Thicke for performing a song that is solely about taking a girl home and "liberating" her. Where's all the outrage about that? Why is there no call for his head?

    Is it really that big of a deal if a young adult wants to flaunt her sexuality during a song about sexuality? Why is it acceptable for a male performer to perform a song that trivializes females and reinforces every stereotype about young women, but it is absolutely unacceptable for a young woman to play the part?
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    jared let me help you...

    The objection is because it was on a show aimed at young kids. If Miley wants to act this way she should do it in another setting.

    MTV wants to get max ratings and this probably helped, in fact they will probably replay it. They LOVE all the attention. No such thing as bad publicity as long as it's free. The name of the game is money and this will make money for MTV and Miley, too.

    Miley recently described herself as "white trash" and I think that is accurate.

    I don't care what she does, but she should do it in the right time and place.

    BOTTOM LINE: People are protesting too much, and others are letting the protests bother THEM too much. Let's let it go.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    If that show was truly supposed to be all about family and young kids, I'd be far more worried as a parent about the actual song that they performed than what she was wearing or how she was behaving. What happened puts on striking display the double standard that currently exists for female performers.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    My generation did hold women to another standard, you were not to curse in front of them, nor strike them, you were supposed to walk on the outside of the pavement in the event a car would pass too close and possibly splash her with water or mud, you held doors open for them, pulled out their chairs to assist them in sitting, also when speaking to a lady you to took off your hat, when picking your lady up for a date you went to her door and knocked you returned her to her door and waited until she was safely inside before leaving, now I believe that none of those apply any longer unless you want to be called a sexist or something worse, we have lost our gallantry, for want of a better word, and I don't think we are any better for It regardless of the great strides in women rights.
  • Democrat
    Union, OH
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    That performance the other night that Miley Cyrus did is still all the buzz everywhere! She is just absolutely disgusting, I can not believe she is someone my daughter grew up admiring! Really sad what she has became!!
  • Other Party
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    Yes she was a Disney kid as Hanna Montana and she was supposedly good kids programming. That was then. Now she acts like a slut and seems to enjoy shocking people. What's next? A porno movie? Should we be surprised if she did one? Probably not.

    I heard someone say that if any performer would shock the audience during this show, it would be Lady Gaga, but Miley reached a lower level than even Lady Gaga.

    Didn't Madonna do all this stuff about 20-30 years ago? I think she was pretty raunchy in her time. And didn't Michael Jackson regularly grab his crotch during his dance moves back in his day? So this stuff is not all new.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    I'm sorry, but I still don't understand how her actions are any worse than the lyrics of the song they were performing. No one seems to be talking about the vulgar and sexist lyrics and seem to be solely focused on Miley Cyrus' performance instead.

    Here's a sample of the song that this whole controversy is swirling around:

    "OK now he was close, tried to domesticate you
    But you're an animal, baby, it's in your nature
    Just let me liberate you"


    or...

    "One thing I ask of you
    Let me be the one you back that a** to
    Go, from Malibu, to Paris, boo
    Yeah, I had a bi**h, but she ain't bad as you
    So hit me up when you passing through
    I'll give you something big enough to tear your a** in two"


    Am I to understand that this is acceptable for young children to listen to, but Miley Cyrus' costume and dance maneuvers are just totally out of bounds and to be shamed?
  • Other Party
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    The lyrics and dance moves are both unacceptable for young children.

    Until you printed the words I had no idea what they were, nor do I care.

    This stuff should not be on a show targeted to children. That's why some people are upset.