Parents Television Council Is Unhappy About Miley Cyrus Hosting the MTV VMAs Due to Her Past Kerfuffle
As expected, the Parents Television Council is unhappy that Miley Cyrus is hosting the 2015 MTV VMAs. It’s been 2 years since her awkwardly raunchy performance with Robin Thicke, and they’re still up in arms over her.
Tim Winter, the President of the PTC – whose mission “is to protect children and families from graphic sex, violence and profanity in the media, because of their proven long-term harmful effects” – revealed to GossipCop that he predicts the show will be “profane” and “sexually explicit.”
He warns, “Don’t show explicit content and rate it as appropriate for children,” and explained, “It’s not going to be safe for children to watch. So, they must rate it TV-MA.” It’s currently rated its usual TV-14 rating, but “With Miley’s shtick, it’s probably going to be very edgy, very profane, very sexually explicit.”
Winter said further,
As a parent of a teenager, the content from two years ago was clearly not appropriate for a 14-year-old. I think last year’s was toned down quite a bit. I think that came from advertiser pressure to not have a re-twerk. This year, clearly, they’re going to try to ramp it back up again. And based on everything we’ve seen Miley doing in recent years, she certainly seems angry and certainly seems enjoying being the provocateur.
She’s dropping F-bombs in her announcement on social media, which isn’t unusual, but it tees up the kind of content.
That being said, he’s not 100% anti-Miley. “Miley’s the performer. She can do whatever she wants to. She’s hired to perform and be provocative.” He even believes she could be an appropriate host, commenting, “I think Miley Cyrus is capable of doing it if she so chose. She’s smart. She’s talented. She knows how to turn it up, turn it down if she so chooses.”
Winter added, “I think it’s unfortunate she built her entire career on the backs of parents and now she’s basically giving them the middle finger.” All in all, “This all comes down to dollars,” he says. “For many, many years, the MTV [Music Video Awards] show has been one of their tent-posts on the programming schedule. It usually has some sort of controversial content in it, and I think at this point in time, people can expect that.”
Who can forget when Cyrus made a splash at the 2013 MTV VMAs, blowing everyone away with her raunchy performance of “We Can’t Stop,” “Blurred Lines,” and “Give It 2 U” alongside Thicke. That tongue! The twerking!
Last year, Winter and the PTC also called out the 2014 MTV VMAs due to Cyrus and her mature content. She didn’t perform last year and only attended, but still they used her as leverage for their cause. At the time he threatened, “The 2013 VMAs were a public relationship kerfuffle for your network that I feel certain you will not wish to repeat.”
Yes. A “public relationship kerfuffle” Cyrus’ performance was indeed. And everyone loved it.
Welp, MTV is obviously not listening since they made Cyrus the host (!).
Cyrus announced she was hosting this year’s MTV VMAs on Monday with a funny Instagram post that read: “MTV won’t let me perform. So I’m hosting this year’s VMAs.” The nominations came out yesterday. Between Cyrus and the Twitter scuffle between Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj, we’re super excited for (more of) this years’ kerfuffle.