Following the “raunchy” performance of Miley Cyrus at the MTV VMAs, Parent Television Council (PTC) has issued a complaint against MTV over the 20-year-old star’s routine in a nude bikini with Robin Thicke saying it was unsuitable for 14-year olds.
In explaining their reason for issuing the complaint, Dan Isett, the PTC’s public policy director said “This much is absolutely clear: MTV marketed adults-only material to children while falsely manipulating the content rating to make parents think the content was safe for their children.”
Paul Porter, another advisory board member, went on to say that Cyrus and Thicke performance “substituted talent with sex” and that MTV’s owners, Viacom, had broken their own standards purely for the sake of financial gain.
Miley’s father, Billy Ray Cyrus, is also an advisory board member but it is unlikely that he was a part of the group that made the complaint.
In addition, a number of media outlets also joined in the criticism. NBC’s Anna Chan and MSNBC’s Morning Joe host, Mika Brzezinski commented that her performance was ‘really really disturbing’ and ‘embarrassingly raunchy’.
However, there were other critics, namely Rolling Stone’s Rob Sheffield and Billboard’s Bill Werde, who praised Miley’s performance saying that she “stole the night”.
Miley, on the other hand, didn’t seem to care about the criticism by tweeting that her performance had 306,000 tweets per minute and which was more than the blackout or even the Superbowl.
However, this isn’t the first time that the MTV VMAs have been a source of controversy with Britney Spears performing a raunchy version of her hit, I’m A Slave 4 U, with a python around her neck.