With a nude bikini and a foam finger, Miley Cyrus gave Lady Gaga a run for her money. The two singers were easily the most provocative performers at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 25, 2013.
Let’s see: Britney, Lindsay, and now Miley. Disney produces human train wrecks, and then MTV slaps the faces of American parents as they parade their freak show of objectification in front of our kids. Shame on them -- and on us -- for funding it.
It’s all so ironic because today we mark an important anniversary for women in this country. It was on this date, August 26, 1920, that the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote,became law.
On Sunday night, Miley Cyrus exemplified what the end of the road looks like for the “women's liberation”movement. With tongue out, twerking with teddy bears, mouthing “we can kiss who we want, we can screw who we want,” Miley sang, “We Can’t Stop” to gaping mouths in the audience and a firestorm of reaction nationwide. Miley needs to know that in fact, she can stop, and she should.
The reaction comes not because of her age or upbringing but because she was absolutely classless and self-degrading. Even when she decides to ‘grow up,’ young women will follow in her footsteps. If we continue to tell our young women that they are nothing more than walking private parts, we can be assured they will leave “Hannah Montana” behind in pursuit of the Lindsay Lohan lifestyle we saw last night.
Miley has been on a fast path downward, and our heart breaks to see a young woman so confused and obviously hurting. Women (and men) everywhere are outraged by her VMA performance, but the reality is that you can block MTV, but you still pay for it.
The cable companies pay sub fees to the content provider out of your monthly bill, and therefore the customer bankrolled Miley’s “show” last night.
We’ve had enough.
This should be the last straw for a station that continues to sabotage the future and innocence of our children. If the cable providers, and Congress won’t allow us cable choice then the least they could do is allow us to drop MTV from our package.
I encourage all to call or e-mail your cable provider and ask them to drop MTV and then cancel that trip to Disney this year for good measure. Consumers have power when we use voices and shop our values.
We have long known that MTV is no longer about music. This is not the first time the nation has been shocked at what they choose to air. They so cynically market smut to children, tweens, and teens on a daily basis.
MTV is not funny anymore, and their producers would all do well to see how the American Psychological Association has studied the effects of sexualization on young girls.
As the head of a women’s organization, a mom, and a woman, I mourn for our young women.
I cry out to Miley Cyrus to get it together and go to college. Learn to make money from your brains not your body. You have so much potential, so much to offer the world, do not continue to be the puppet for those who do not see any of that and would rather profit from your exploitation.
Finally, shame on Hollywood. When you have conservatives at Concerned Women for America agreeing with liberal Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” you know you have gone too far.
Less than a hundred years after our nation guaranteed women the right to vote, after decades of societal development for women, we cry out for this degradation of our self-respect to end.
Come on ladies, we can do better. We are better.
Penny Young Nance is president and CEO of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest women’s public policy organization. She is the author of the book "Feisty and Feminine: A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women" (Zondervan 2016).