News

Racy MTV VMA performances ruffle feathers

Racy MTV VMA performances ruffle feathers

´╗┐´╗┐Robin Thicke, left, and Miley Cyrus perform "Blurred Lines" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Photo: Associated Press/Charles Sykes/Invision

Officials at America’s Parents Television Council have blasted MTV bosses for airing “unacceptable” performances from Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga at the Video Music Awards on Sunday.

Former child star Cyrus shocked viewers by stripping down to her rubber underwear to cavort onstage with Robin Thicke, grinding her backside into his crotch at one point, while Gaga bared her butt in a barely-there thong during her performance of new song Applause, which opened the ceremony at the Barclays Center in New York.

And the two sets have upset conservative PTC bosses, who state, “MTV has once again succeeded in marketing sexually charged messages to young children using former child stars… while falsely rating this program as appropriate for kids as young as 14. This is unacceptable.”

PTC director of public policy Dan Isett adds, “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?”

And PTC advisory board member adds, “The Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke performance simply substituted talent with sex… While the performance was shocking to the audience, MTV approved it during the show run prior to the broadcast. Heads should roll at MTV.”

Recent Headlines

today in National

Teen stowaway spent hours undetected at California airport

airport

A boy who stowed away on a flight to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived wheel well of a passenger jet is resting in a hospital.

today in Local

Smith Students to Rally for Transgender Admission Rights

smith college

Smith College students will rally this week to call for a change in the way the college deals with transgender applicants

today in Local

Chinese Students In UMass Rape Trial

news-scales

A UMass rape trial is underway in Hampshire Superior Court involving two Chinese students

today in Local

Federal Judge Hears Strip Search Case

prison bars

A federal judge has heard arguments in a class-action lawsuit brought by current and past inmates at the women's jail in Chicopee.

today in Local

Hotel Northampton Owner Wins Award

Mansour Ghalibaf

The owner of the Hotel Northampton has won this year's Faces of Diversity American Dream Award