Should MTV Be Held Responsible For Miley Cyrus' Performance?

   By SheSpeaksTeam  Aug 27, 2013

It’s what everyone has been talking about all week: Miley Cyrus and her (what some would call) bizarre performance at the 2013 VMA’s. The child-star turned sexy pop star has caused quite a tongue-waggling stir after performing a suggestive twerk-ridden dance with Robin Thicke. Though some are willing to laugh it off and make jokes, the Parents Television Council is taking Miley’s moves very seriously.

The PTC issued a statement placing all the blame on MTV, calling for a Television Consumer Freedom Act that would allow parents to choose whether or not they wanted to have MTV included in their cable television package.

PTC Director of Public Policy, Dan Isett, explains how he believes MTV has given the VMA’s a false rating this year. He says, “MTV has once again succeeded in marketing sexually charged messages to young children using former child stars and condom commercials -- while falsely rating this program as appropriate for kids as young as 14. This is unacceptable. He adds, “This much is absolutely clear: MTV marketed adults-only material to children while falsely manipulating the content rating to make parents think the content was safe for their children. MTV continues to sexually exploit young women by promoting acts that incorporate ‘twerking’ in a nude-colored bikini. How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds?”

What did you think of Miley Cyrus’ performance at the VMA’s this year?

Do you think MTV misled viewers by marketing the VMA’s as a family friendly program?


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Charliegirl01 by Charliegirl01 | JONESVILLE, NC
Oct 23, 2013

Miley is young, smart and very talented. She wanted people to talk about this performance and they did and she has a hit cd! I love her music. I love her taking risk. She reminds me of the Madonna I fell in love with when I was her age. I hope she stays smart and I do wish she would keep her tongue in, because it isn't very rock and roll to me. She wants that Billy Idol feel to her... She can sing Rebel Yell and she can be as punk, tender or rockin' as she chooses... but, keep the tongue in. Robin Thicke was just as much a part of the performance and his playing innocent makes me sick. You know they practiced that performance and he was all up in her and loving it. I feel sorry for his wife. She may be rich but he likes to portray like he needs sexual fulfillment all over the place. It is ok for for to do that but not Miley. MTV always provides a great show and they did just that.

aamita by aamita | NORTH OLMSTED, OH
Oct 17, 2013

What happened to Hannah Montana.

pippilongstocking by pippilongstocking | EAST BEND, NC
Oct 08, 2013

From what I saw, it was sad and gross at the same time, but MTV made a targeted decision to air what they thought their audience would like, and what would boost their word-of-mouth buzz. I didn't watch the program, but clips/write-ups were all over tv/media the next day. Ultimately, it's up to the adults what they and their children view. From what I can tell, MTV got what they wanted: more publicity. I watched MTV as a kid, and it was different then, not as bad...but since growing up, I wouldn't miss it if my service provider dropped it from their listings, it's just another channel we skip to get to the ones we want to watch.

bellesmom28 by bellesmom28 | PLEASANTVILLE, OH
Sep 20, 2013

MTV knew what her performance was going to be. I am appalled that they let it happening knowing the VMA's are watched by children. The way she acted on that stage was uncalled for. I understand she is trying to break away from people thinking of her as a child Disney star but this went too far.

debbieram23 by debbieram23 | Jersey City, NJ
Sep 02, 2013

MTV should not be blamed for Miley's performance. She seems to be trying too hard to show people that she is nothing like her "Disney" character. I was disgusted with her performance. I always liked how her song lyrics were about confidence and being yourself, but this performance was just crazy (in a bad way). I hope her parents or a real friend took her to the side and told her how ridiculous it is to behave that way.

madziuch97 by madziuch97 | Dunboyne, OU
Sep 01, 2013

they shouldn't necessarily be blamed but they did know what they were signing up to

Kenzie89 by Kenzie89 | SHELTON, WA
Aug 29, 2013

I don't think MTV should be blamed necessarily, but they had to of known what they were getting themselves into when they asked Miley to perform. I don't really keep up with her antics, but even I knew that girl is definitely trying to make a name for herself - something far, far away from the Hannah Montana brand. I do however think Miley should have had a more tasteful performance!

NBgirl by NBgirl | NEW BRAUNFELS, TX
Aug 28, 2013

I didnt watch the VMA's, but my daughter, 15 and son, 14 saw the show. She mostly watched to see if Austin Mahone would win any thing( he did, LOL!) Anyways, I later asked if they watched the crazy Miley on stage and freaked out by what my daughter told me! Something is wrong with that girl and yes, maybe she acted out because there was a time where her parents split and that does have something to do with it. Most people would say "no". But, how else can you explain her behavior. MTV KNEW what they were getting into as soon as they asked Miley to perform! Yeah, I do agree that they are to blame....HELLO, kids do watch the VMA's! Did anyone see the Smith Family! SHOCKED! Everybody now likes to watch trash on tv, no matter what channel you have it on! Has anyone noticed the shows that are on tv? All the same to me, drinking and teen moms.....seriously!? I do know what my kids watch and they dont watch trash like that! Miley needs serious does MTV!

Carrie369 by Carrie369 | Pewaukee, WI
Aug 27, 2013

Nah, I don't think so. I do however think she needs an intervention. She needs help. It's sad.

Trudy13 by Trudy13 | SALT LAKE CTY, UT
Aug 27, 2013

Miley's performance was rehearsed. MTV knew exactly what they were doing. MTV will keep doing this as they keep making money off it. I I watched a clip to see what the big deal was. The commercial on the clip was Pepsi. Should they be blamed? They are supporting and capitalizing on this type of behavior. I thought the performance was disgusting and Miley lacked class and maturity. Does anybody here think she cares. NOPE. She wants to make money and iTunes is reporting 3 of her songs in the top ten this week. Her performance was lucrative for MTV, her and the sponsors. The people that keep buying her crap are ultimately the ones to blame. Miley is laughing at us all the way to the bank. She doesn't care if the world think she is a HO as long as they buy her records. Society has told our young people you are successful if you are rich and Miley is rich. I choose to teach my children that their worth comes not from how much money they make but from the ethics and morals they hold.

mrsmclain by mrsmclain | OSBURN, ID
Aug 27, 2013

If I could chose to not have MTV on my programing I would. The programing on that channel is adult. i do not let my kids watch it. (Ages 16 to 7). Miley's performance was a train wreck. The girl can sing but thinks she needs to be like Gaga or Madonna to get attention. If she would use her talent, she would garner all of the attention she needs, instead she flaunts her body and ruins her voice with digital alterations. Some one on her team: manager, choreographer especially costume design needs to held accountable for that disaster. What were they thinking? The VMA's always produce these type of hype acts. They should be on pay-per-view or adult programing instead.

mrsrini by mrsrini | PEMBROKE PNES, FL
Aug 27, 2013

I didn't particularly care for Miley's performance, but honestly, didn't think it was as horrible as people are making it out to be. Gaga opened the show and she had a g-string and two clams as a bra, we know her show is part performance art, that is what I thought about Miley as well. MTV is not what it used to be and I definitely wouldn't let my 14 year old watch it - I have a 19 year old who doesn't even enjoy watching it! But that is my job as a parent, I have an 11 year old and yes, I do watch and monitor what she sees on TV, reads and does on the computer. I read somewhere it was very burlesque and I tend to agree. Chicago comes to mind.....along with some other shows.

damedelamour by damedelamour | Hadley, MA
Aug 27, 2013

Putting aside what I think about Miley's performance, there's no reason MTV should be held accountable for her actions. MTV is not a kid's TV station. I feel, maybe it's for 13 year olds, but really it's for 17-23 year olds. The VMA's in particular has had many overtly sexual pop princesses on the stage and plenty of sexual and drug references. The program isn't for young people and neither is the station. Miley has definitely come out as a singer for the more adult, so I'd hope by this point, no little kids are still watching/listening to her while she's grinding on beds and singing about doing drugs.I feel if your child watched the performance on MTV and you're upset, you have no one to blame but yourself.

rosepowell by rosepowell | FREDERICKSBRG, VA
Aug 27, 2013

Ps. MTV is not for "children"... No matter how they spin it. Never has been, never will be!

rosepowell by rosepowell | FREDERICKSBRG, VA
Aug 27, 2013

Should they be blamed, I don't know if blamed is the right term, however, I'm certainly sure they knew what was coming... I feel like her actions were deliberate and overly exaggerated, her walking with her crotch out, I mean, who walks like that and thinks its cute? I think that Miley is really struggling to make a different name for herself outside of Hannah, I feel like she doesn't want to be viewed and compared to her childhood fame, the transition for everyone is always hard and most people don't know how to "cope"/accept, instead we just judge. I respect and appreciate people who are true to themselves, perhaps this is who Miley is, or perhaps she's trying to get publicity, but there's a reason why I don't like Gaga and Nicki, I'm just saying. Be you, your just as special, fantastic and beautiful that way. Keep your head up Miley, you'll get there!