Last night I sat with my mouth agape while watching various stages of nudity unfold on MTV’s Video Music Awards. The first half hour was enough encourage me to start attending therapy. Lady Gaga morphed through many costumes before finally ending in a g-string and sea shells. As shocked as I was, the performance itself was awesome and not sleezy at all even though I was virtually staring at her bare behind.
But leave it to the daughter of our very own Billy Ray Cyrus to make me soooooo glad to be a country music fan. Miley Cyrus made momma proud (I’m not just saying that…her mom actually gave her a standing ovation at the end of her performance) when she gyrated with giant stuffed animals before ultimately twerking on old-enough-to-be-her-daddy Robin Thicke and getting very up-close-and-personal with a giant foam finger.
The entire performance made me wonder about our society as a whole. This girl use to entertain our daughters on The Disney Channel. Millions of little girls wanted to be her, begged their momma’s to see her, and unfortunately still look up to her. Yes, I know…she’s 20 years old now. But let’s not forget this transition started a long time ago, without much regard on Miley’s part of the audience who still adored her.
Say what you want about Taylor Swift, but as she grows up, the worst thing we can really say about her behavior is that she needs to quit making her failed relationships the center of her songs. But all she’s really doing is teaching girls that when their hearts get broken, speak-up and don’t sit floundering in sadness. There are other fish in the sea. We don’t see her twerking on old men, accidentally flashing lady parts in public, or making mamma’s cover their little one’s eyes when she takes the stage.
Somewhere along the line, performances like Miley’s became an acceptable form of entertainment and influence on our youth while, at the same time, it became unacceptable to put our kid over our knees when they do something off-color. I can promise you this, if my daughter at 20 years old or 12, did anything like I saw Miley do last night, I would’ve put her over my knee. If anything, it may have prevented the notion that she had to get on hers for a man or for the pure entertainment value of it.
Billy Ray must be so proud.