August 26, 2013 Leave a comment
To make it known, I’m not a fan of pop music. I don’t watch the VMAs or really awards shows in general. I don’t know who most of the celebrities are. And I’m kind of disgusted by most popular music.
To be clear, I think VMA performances should go like this: (BTW, don’t call me old. I was 6 when this happened)
Pearl Jam 1993 VMAs
I know, I know. Too many instruments. Not enough glitter and distraction. Sorry. Maybe I am old.
But I could not escape the facebook and news media attacks on Miley Cyrus for her performance. I’m not going to judge the performance because clearly I don’t understand criteria for good music performance. But all I see in reviews of this performance is a massive amount of Slut Shaming.
I was curious. So I watched it. Yeah, it was lewd and hypersexualized. But how much more lewd than anything else on MTV? or in the pop media in general? Is this really so shocking? Some comically phallic gestures made by a 20 year old? A 20 year old who is clearly being ridiculous for the sake of being ridiculous? Really? She’s a talentless whore for acting silly on stage during two really bad songs and wearing hideous costumes? All of which was most likely, in reality, planned and put together by someone else?
I’m fairly certain that every 15-25 makes an ass of themselves through use of obscene gestures, thinking that they’re being super cool and risque. Is this really a sign, as unfortunately my girl Mika unfortunately suggests ( http://www.nbcnews.com/id/3036789/ns/msnbc-morning_joe/vp/52845228#52845228 around 1:17. Lay off the Freudian lit.), that she is mentally ill and has body image problems? Or is she simply a 20 year old, making an ass out of herself while getting a massive public reaction that no one could escape?
People seem to do this to female stars. They react to normal parts of growing out of adolescence and early adulthood with slut shaming and blaming. Tearing young women apart for their performances and public persona. And again, this is really all created by other people, publicists, managers and such who want to make money off the image. So then these women get torn to shreds for doing their job, entertaining, and of course it tears apart their sense of identity and sense of self. Of course they then suffer depression and anxiety and break downs. Why is this such a mystery to people? They are not train wrecks until the public and the publicists create the train wreck.
What is interesting, as I read more about this performance is that the lewdness is blamed specifically on Cyrus. With complete ignoring of Robin Thicke’s most disgusting, rapey song “Blurred Lines.”
*Side note* Dear Robin Thicke or whoever wrote this song: The “blurred” line you’re looking for is called Consent. And it’s not hard to see if you’re doing it right. Stop making a joke of rape and being mad that rape is illegal and you are expected to respect people. People includes women. Sorry to disappoint.
Okay, back to the point. I have not read anything that holds Thicke responsible for any of the offensiveness of the performance. In fact, I read one account that accused Cyrus of “molesting” him. Really? Again, I hear the familiar call of Slut Shaming. I have no theories for this! Other than that men are expected and accepted to be lewd and phallic and slutty, and women are shamed. That’s the best I got. People are so shocked and angry at Cyrus for this:
I don’t understand.
So, let me get this straight. It is okay for Robin Thicke to have nude women dancing around him and degrade them for a solid like 4 minutes or however long the video is, but when Miley does it as the star of the show its whoreish? Okay, I just had to be sure on this one.
I’m also really confused about why people keep looking to her father. Something about she is a disappointment or he needs to “keep her in line” or something?
If you really want to be offended, and like legitimately be offended by something, go watch some videos of The Plasmatics.
Otherwise, I’m going to grab Badmotorfinger and pretend it’s still 1992.