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Miley Cyrus Shocks Audiences at 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

Posted by Travis Goss Tuesday, August 27, 2013
I am sure by now, some of you have watched this year's MTV Video Music Awards and witnessed one of the craziest, most disturbing things to happen in the channel's 32-year history: Justin Timberlake winning the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. I nearly jumped out of my seat when I saw it happen.

Yeah, you know I am full of crap.

Obviously, I am referring to the infamous performance by the former Hannah Montana actress, Miley Cyrus. During her stage presence with Robin Thicke, Cyrus (who was scantly clad to begin with) stripped down to what appears to be a gold-colored bikini and performs dance moves which were good enough to be performed in a gentlemen's club.

Miley Cyrus Nude MTV Video Music Awards
"I wonder what he's packin'" said a curious Miley.
Many people have taken to the Internet and social media to exclaim their disdain over her performance; saying things like it was "too much for a family-friendly show." After reading such a thing, I immediately asked myself, "When has the VMA's ever been family-friendly?"

I think what has gotten everyone's knickers in a twist (no pun intended) is the fact in which many of Cyrus's fans were blind-sided by her coming out on stage and looking like a stripper. Gone are the days of the little girl who wanted to be a pop star and had her country star father, Billy Ray, help her get into the industry and become one of Disney Channel's most popular television stars ever. The little girl grew up to be a woman. And, she made the fact publicly known.

This article was not written to defend what Cyrus did. The point I want to make is how viewers were shocked by what they have seen and deeming it not "family-friendly." Throughout VMA history, MTV has always done something to capture our attention. While we could not believe what we have watched on television, we should keep this in mind: the executives approved it.

If you would like to see proof on how "shocking" the VMA's have been through the years, then please allow me to show you some classic moments. Afterward, you can see for yourself why Cyrus's performance does not shock me at all.

First up, Madonna performing "Like A Virgin" at the 1984 VMA's.

Next up, the late Michael Jackson kissing Lisa Marie Presley at the 1993 VMA's.

How about the time when Madonna kissed Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera at the 2003 VMA's?

And, who can forget this from the 1991 VMA's? Fresh from his indecent exposure charge, it's Pee-Wee Herman!

MTV has always pushed the entertainment boundaries and this will never stop. The media works like this: if you can capture the viewer's attention with images which are either pleasant or distasteful, then they have succeeded. It is like how the old saying goes, "There is no such thing as bad publicity." And, Cyrus's performance definitely exemplifies just that. It does not matter what anyone thinks. If she has you and the media (and new media) talking, then she has got you; and, she got a lot of us.

So, for anyone who felt this past Sunday's performance shocking, you need to look at the examples I have presented with another glance. MTV will always be there to surprise its viewers and has no intentions on stopping anytime soon. My advice? If you have children who are under the age of 13, they should not be watching this stuff. But, they will whether you tell them or not.

But, here is one more thing to look at to help drill in my point.

Miley Cyrus Sex Robin Thicke Strip Tease
Cyrus and Thicke performing "Blurred Lines" at the VMA's.

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