Unless you’ve been in a cave, deep within the Earth, you have heard about Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, and their suave dance routine during the MTV VMA’s. Social media sites lit up during and afterward, and continue to light up, about the performance. And notably so. The performance was like watching soft-core porn – but then again, people were watching MTV.
A lot of young girls admire and watch Miley Cyrus. Some even grew up with the former Hannah Montana star. So I understand the outrage from parents about her performance. Young kids saw things they did not need to see – actually, a lot of people saw things they didn’t really need to see. Which brings me to the point of why I’m saying leave Miley Cyrus alone.
Yes, the performance was raunchy.
Yes, some parents had to do a lot of explaining to their kids afterwards.
Yes, it’s a shame to see Miley, who is talented, act out like she did at the awards.
When the performance came on, why didn’t parents turn it off?
Why did parent’s of 12-year-olds (and younger), allow their kids to watch the show in the first place – much less watch MTV?
All the anger is over Miley, but what about Robin Thicke? What about the song, “Blurred Lines,” and other songs like it?
The song Miley and Robin danced to “is the second best-selling single of 2013 in the US having sold 4.614 million copies … In the United States, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for eleven consecutive weeks, becoming the longest running number one single of 2013 and of the 2010s decade … This feat also gave him the eighth lead male solo artist in Billboard history to rack ten or more weeks at the number one spot for a single” (source here).
Yet, “Blurred Lines,” is essentially about treating women like sex toys, and gives the impression that date rape is a man’s right. In my opinion, it’s raunchier than the dance routine between Cyrus and Thicke.
“But the song has a great beat, so it’s OK to listen to,” some people declare. “It’s just a song; he’s not really advocating for date rape and stuff like that,” others say. Christians I know are even saying things like this, claiming that the clean version is fine to play and sing a long to. And if these things are true, then the performance by Cyrus should be overlooked and justified, too. Right?
The message of “Blurred Lines,” is being repeated by teens and adults all over this country – no matter if they are “just listening to the beat” or not. What goes into one’s mind, on a continual basis, forms the way one’s life is lived. This has been proven over and again. The message of Thicke’s song plays to the reality of today’s culture. Miley Cyrus hasn’t ruined your child’s mind, nor has the song “Blurred Lines.” The continual downfall of culture and morality, and the acceptance of said culture by America households, is ruining the minds of our children. The VMA performance in question is simply a by-product of this downfall.
Therefore, unless we as a society start standing up (with our wallets, choices, and voices) against songs like “Blurred Lines” and “Friday Night,” shows like “Cougar Town” and “Big Brother,” and movies like “The Hangover” and “Ted,” then we have no right to come against Miley Cyrus’ performance the other night. If we remain unappalled by what we allow our our kids to listen to and watch, especially within Christian households, then, please, leave Miley Cyrus alone. Our justification to slam her is hypercritical.