Leigh MichaelThursday,29 August 2013

The Snap:

MTV’s annual VMA Awards, which aired last Sunday, has earned leading headlines on top news outlets for its provocative performance from singer/songwriter Miley Cyrus.

In light of the recent events in Syria, many people (myself included) are bewildered at the prevalence of this “news” when there are other matters that are, to put it simply, so much more important to consider. The Onion sums it up the situation pretty well.

The Download:

Let me break it down for you. On Sunday night, we saw the following headlines:

CNN – “Miley Cyrus twerks, stuns VMAs crowd”
WSJ – “Miley Cyrus stuns at MTV Video Music Awards”
NPR – “Did Miley Cyrus ‘Flirt with Bad Taste’ or Dive Right In?”
Washington Post – “Possible Explanation for Miley Cyrus’s VMAs Performance”

And I’m just scratching the surface, guys.

The event (erm…. fiasco) prompted Oxford Dictionary to add “twerk” to the dictionary. You can hit up virtually any news outlet — online or otherwise — and get a glimpse of her latex bikini.

Something else happened last weekend, too.

The death toll stands at an estimated 1,300 as the result of chemical warfare in Syria. Senator John Kerry explained the massive implications that this event has on our entire planet — I would urge you to read these excerpts from his speech, if you haven’t done so yet.

So I really don’t think that any of us — Miley included — have much time and energy to give thought to a sad and offensive performance. I don’t care that her butt looked weird in her bikini; I don’t care that she and Robin Thicke got uncomfortably intimate on the stage. MTV has been plummeting into the depths of “Bad TV” for a while now, so let’s just leave it at that.

Wake up, internet, and wake up, world. We’ve got a lot to think about, and none of it has to do with the VMA Awards.

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Hat Tips:

The Onion, NPRCNN, Image Credit: Flickr

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