Many of us remember when MTV was actually Music TV. Many of us remember how the music industry changed with the sensationalized and sexualized videos that we all relished watching back on our parents’ couches. MTV, for Gen-xers and their counterparts, was a formative experience.
MTV is now simply a source for shock value, and its most recent Video Music Awards Ceremony had many in the music world shaking their fists at America while shouting, “THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS!!!”
I’m speaking mostly of the hypersexualized and painfully off-key performance by Miley Cyrus, Alan Thicke’s son, and a handful of black godesses forced to dance in objectifying bear costumes.
If you haven’t seen it, here is a low-light reel as viewed by the Starship Enterprise. (PS- this is NSFW. As one of my friends warned, “this is not appropriate for your children unless you let them watch the VMA’s.”)
But my Floridian gal pal made a good point. The majority of the VMA viewers are indeed the younger set of humanoids. This fact scares the hell out of me. Is this what the future of music looks like? There are really, truly talented musicians out there in the world, and yet we highlight the hypersexualized milquetoast of the musical world and set them up for mass dissemination to our kids!
Okay, I’m not going to rant any more. All I really want to say is can’t we add a little more substance to the stuff our kids are listening to? If we work so hard to feed them GMO-free food, should we not feed their ears VMA-free music?
Thoughts to ponder…..