Who’s to blame for Miley Cyrus and the VMAs? Congress!

posted at 1:21 pm on August 27, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

There is almost nothing slower than the news cycle in August of an off year, and 2013 has provided plenty of evidence for that theory.  Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve had outrageous outrage vented over a routine skit performed by a rodeo clown at a state fair, the casting of the 376th version of Batman, and now a nation in crisis over a 20-year-old twerking for a living.

In my column for The Week, I put the blame for all of these outrages — or at least the outrage itself — squarely where it belongs … on Congress:

I think we can all blame Congress for taking an extended recess in the middle of summer. Lawmakers should be in Washington, giving overheated scolds material for substantial debate and meaningful social and political criticism. Instead, we are about to end an off-year’s slowest month talking about rodeo clownsBatfleck, and Miley Cyrus’ bizarre performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Yes, that’s meant to be tongue in cheek, which is precisely where young Ms. Cyrus should be keeping hers. After the explosion of indignation in the first 24 hours after this performance, I decided to watch it against my better judgment.  In my opinion, the music and entertainment industries need a lot more help than Cyrus does:

Needless to say, I’m not in MTV’s target audience. And until Cyrus’ twerking became a national crisis, I wasn’t even aware of this year’s VMAs. It’s been 20 years since I purposefully watched a music video. But as a conservative commentator, I’d be a very likely candidate for outrageous outrage over this tongue-wagging twerk-a-thon.

After the eruption, I sought out and watched the full clip. It’s outrageous, alright … for its utter lack of originality as well as taste. For the last 30 years or so, we’ve been watching this bump-and-grind choreography in music videos and live performances. Even the music doesn’t sound as though it’s changed, except to add autotune to the vocals. Perhaps Cyrus scores a minor point for original thought by adding teddy bears into the mix, but Madonna basically offered the same act with crucifixes in the 1980s. Cyndi Lauper offered a musical paean to masturbation with She Bop in 1984, which makes She Bop nine years older than Cyrus.

Pop culture is in a state of arrested adolescence, and has been for decades. At least Cyrus has the excuse of being somewhere close to her own adolescence. The number offers nothing so much as a clueless self-parody about the music industry’s lack of innovation and original thought, demonstrated by an absurdist representation of sexualized childhood that might have been insightful had it been done purposefully. The only original outrage is that people tune in to watch this dreck, and spend money on the same dance track from when I occasionally visited the clubs in my misspent youth.

I never thought I’d say this, but …. It’s a good thing that Congress comes back into session soon.

I’m not arguing that the bizarre spectacle isn’t worthy of sharp criticism, which it clearly is.  It’s just that MTV and the entertainment industries more generally have been selling reruns for the last three decades, and that this is just a barely-original recombination of elements that we see over and over again.  (Heck, for that matter, we can say that about Congress, too.) It’s only new and edgy to those who just emerged from puberty.  And this story is decades old.

The Boss Emeritus lays the blame for this particular train wreck at the feet of those most responsible in her column today:

First Britney. Then Lindsay. And now: Miley Cyrus. Do they ever learn?

By “they,” I don’t mean the girls. I mean their parents. Where are they? What the hell are they thinking?

I don’t know how many times I’ve asked those questions over the years as a parade of young Hollywood starlets has burst onto the scene with wholesome charm, achieved dizzying fame and fortune, and then crashed back to Earth half-naked with corrupted souls and drug-glazed eyes.

Are parents without scruples more likely to sacrifice their daughters to the wolves of the entertainment industry? Or does show business sap all the common sense out of mothers and fathers who should know better? Either way, they are guilty of child abandonment.

One might have thought that Billy Ray Cyrus would know better, as he had a lot more experience with the entertainment industry than most other parents would.  Michelle points back to the sexually-charged Vanity Fair photo shoot done when Miley was 15 years old, and for which the Cyruses later expressed some regret and embarrassment.  However, this is the trajectory on which the entertainment industry takes most young actors and singers, and for that matter their legions of adoring pre-adolescent fans.  They make money off of the exploitation of immature sexuality, which puts pressure on performers like Cyrus to go farther and farther to get noticed amid all of the noise.  Last Sunday’s twerk-a-thon is the inevitable result — or in this case, we hope that this is the end.

Perhaps young performers and their parents can watch the bizarre spectacle of this week and learn that lesson before the moneymakers suck the childhood out of their daughters and sons, and perhaps all parents can learn that lesson as well. Meanwhile, who’s ready for Congress to get back to work so we can have some real outrages to discuss?  Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?


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Damn it, Ed. You too?

I was hoping HotGas would be one place on the net that I didn’t have to put up with all this stupid stuff.

Abby Adams on August 27, 2013 at 1:24 PM

It’s been 20 years since I purposefully purposely watched a music video.

steebo77 on August 27, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Get this trash off.

It’s the same as this.

Freak shows!!!

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

The number offers nothing so much as a clueless self-parody about the music industry’s lack of innovation and original thought, demonstrated by an absurdist representation of sexualized childhood that might have been insightful had it been done purposefully purposely.

steebo77 on August 27, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Has Mily gained weight?
I mean, some major weight?

anotherJoe on August 27, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Ignoring racial black on white violence, spotlighting Miley Cyrus.

Courage.

portlandon on August 27, 2013 at 1:29 PM

I don’t think, with the impending war in Syria, that the news is that slow. This is a distraction from matters of actual import.

philoquin on August 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Who’s to blame for Miley Cyrus and the VMAs

Her first of all (she’s 20 years old).

Her parents secondly who sold her to Disney and the fame machine.

The VMA’s?…..MTV and Viacom and those that support the show and watch it.

Yes, it’s a reflection of the Sodom and Gomorrah side of America. There must be more shocking behavior in the future though. We’re like the Greeks and Romans of old. We must have something NEW. Next probably full blown mouth on crotch or similar, then something probably with more than two people, then maybe an animal or two, then at some point, maybe 2025 it will just be an Orgy with a soundtrack to sell on iTunes every year like WOW45, WOW 47, or other compilations.

It’s coming, and if you don’t like it……you’re a HATER.

PappyD61 on August 27, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Miley Cyrus earned more money this year than you or I will ever see in our lifetimes.

myiq2xu on August 27, 2013 at 1:32 PM

When does the first mugshot come out? 6 months?

Oil Can on August 27, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Speaking of Congress, I bet Harry Reid got excited by the thought of dirty dancing with the teddy bears.

Flange on August 27, 2013 at 1:33 PM

You mean to tell me that Bush isn’t to blame?

Ditkaca on August 27, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Give me a break. This is just the music publishing industry running rampant.

Its not even parents. What are the ratings on this stuff? Who is actually watching it? Who would actually buy one of her CDs? This is not what the market is demanding. Its what the publishers are pushing.

Karmashock on August 27, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Dang, that was hard to watch/listen to. The music sucked. Man o man how far the industry has fallen. As far as the young lady. She’s 20 right? She made a decision, she gets to live with the outcome. Humiliating comes to mind.

Bmore on August 27, 2013 at 1:37 PM

I don’t think, with the impending war in Syria, that the news is that slow. This is a distraction from matters of actual import.

philoquin on August 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Don’t you see, man? This is important shit!

This is a matter of national health. I mean, I’ve never before seen someone have a grand mal siezure coupled with the most extreme tourettes fit ever.

All I could think of was that someone better throw a blanket over that child and stuff her tongue back in before she bites it off or swallows it.

BacaDog on August 27, 2013 at 1:37 PM

There is almost nothing slower than the news cycle in August of an off year, and 2013 has provided plenty of evidence for that theory.

Really? With all the things that are going on with Syria?…

mnjg on August 27, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Guess I’m showing my age, but what is “twerking? ” I suppose I could watch the video but these old eyes probably couldn’t handle it. I am so disappointed in Billy Ray Cyrus. My daughter would be locked in a closet until she turned 35 for some of what his daughter pulls.

yesiamapirate on August 27, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Ladies and gentlemen! Fresh from the pit of Hell… Mylie Cyrus! Let’s hear it for her!

Mason on August 27, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Miley Cyrus earned more money this year than you or I will ever see in our lifetimes.

myiq2xu on August 27, 2013 at 1:32 PM

And will somehow end up bankrupt and in rehab before she hits 30.

CurtZHP on August 27, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Just a note: There is nothing remotely sexy about Miley Cyrus. She’s made of herself a raunchy spectacle.

While we’re dishing out blame for Ms. Cyrus’ personality and performance, let’s not forget Madonna and Lady Gaga…who’ve both made their living being dismally disgusting…each trying to top the other…and, apparently, lowering the standard for what passes as acceptable entertainment,acceptable largely only in the minds of their would be imitators and, perhaps, the emotionally sexually crippled.

thatsafactjack on August 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM

It goes without saying that the “outrage” that has occurred because of this is going exactly as Cyrus and her handlers hoped it would. You’re all suckers for giving this girl attention.

VinceOfDoom on August 27, 2013 at 1:41 PM

the dancing is one thing, but WTH is up with the tongue?

pecan pie on August 27, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Miley’s new hit single will be “All Bared Some, Some Bared All”?

coldwarrior on August 27, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Congrats Miley – you pulled off the rare Hot Gas Trifecta – appeared in the Green Room, the Headlines, and the blog!

22044 on August 27, 2013 at 1:43 PM

yesiamapirate on August 27, 2013 at 1:38 PM

“Twerking” is that move often seen in what apparently passes for dance in some parlances wherein the individual, usually a female, bends over and moves the hips up and down thus causing the posterior to jiggle.

thatsafactjack on August 27, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Dang, that was hard to watch/listen to. The music sucked. Man o man how far the industry has fallen. As far as the young lady. She’s 20 right? She made a decision, she gets to live with the outcome. Humiliating comes to mind.

Test.

Bmore on August 27, 2013 at 1:44 PM

I wonder if Willow and Jaden Smith enjoyed seeing their future up on stage (since they too have been sold to the fame machine in Hollywood by their parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett)?

irony.

PappyD61 on August 27, 2013 at 1:44 PM

I blame all the idiotic news outlets (including this one) who give her the attention she’s craving.

CoffeeMan on August 27, 2013 at 1:45 PM

To the extent I give a hoot, I blame Disney.

flataffect on August 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Come on!!! I’ve seen AllahPundit do worse things on stage!!!
#ThePinkSaddle

Glenn Jericho on August 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Congrats Miley – you pulled off the rare Hot Gas Trifecta – appeared in the Green Room, the Headlines, and the blog!

22044 on August 27, 2013 at 1:43 PM

It doesn’t seem that rare these days as I wonder if the people who run this blog even read what each other posts.

philoquin on August 27, 2013 at 1:49 PM

I was hoping that our new mom Mary Katharine would weigh in on this from the perspective of a new mother of a baby girl.

meci on August 27, 2013 at 1:50 PM

In my column for The Week, I put the blame for all of these outrages — or at least the outrage itself — squarely where it belongs … on Congress:

And who’s to blame for Congres? A-Rod, history’s greatest monster.

rbj on August 27, 2013 at 1:51 PM

She deserves the scorn and so does the whore mother of all this spectacle, Madonna. That woman is vile. Elton John is right about her. In her last tour she basically did a strip tease and EJ said that it was so sad. In ten years she’ll be doing the same thing at county fairs!

JAM on August 27, 2013 at 1:51 PM

The Onion called it five years ago: http://youtu.be/HOgj2etJs3Y

Meric1837 on August 27, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Silly bimbo. She’s going to have pics pasted all over of her with her tongue stuck out from now on.

rickv404 on August 27, 2013 at 1:53 PM

When does the first mugshot come out? 6 months?

Oil Can on August 27, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Sadly, you would think these people have learned nothing from the lives of Elvis, James Dean, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and on and on….

Young Celebrity Death Watch Chart (ala Billboard)

1. Miley Cyrus

2. Lindsey Lohan

3. Amanda Bynes

4. Justin Beiber

5. Pick a rap star

6. Demi Lovato

7. Lady GaGa

8. Selena Gomez

9. Lee Thompson Young (another Disney star)
http://blog.seattlepi.com/people/2013/08/21/rizzoli-isles-episode-dedicated-to-lee-thompson-young/

10. Harry Styles (or anyone in One Direction)

PappyD61 on August 27, 2013 at 1:53 PM

thatsafactjack on August 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Well said.

the dancing is one thing, but WTH is up with the tongue?

pecan pie on August 27, 2013 at 1:43 PM

I don’t get that either. It must mean something or perhaps just for shock value.

dogsoldier on August 27, 2013 at 1:53 PM

In ten years she’ll be doing the same thing at county fairs truck stops.!

JAM on August 27, 2013 at 1:51 PM

coldwarrior on August 27, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Reposting my comment from the Green Room thread:

Get a load of this – Miss Cyrus is being held up as the poster child for racism. One critic says, among other things:

Last night, as Cyrus stalked the stage, mugging and twerking, and paused to spank and simulate analingus upon the ass of a thickly set African-American backup dancer, her act tipped over into what we may as well just call racism: a minstrel show routine…

For white performers, minstrelsy has always been a means to an end: a shortcut to self-actualization…

Cyrus’s twerk act gives minstrelsy a postmodern careerist spin. Cyrus is annexing working-class black “ratchet” culture, the potent sexual symbolism of black female bodies, to the cause of her reinvention: her transformation from squeaky-clean Disney-pop poster girl to grown-up hipster-provocateur. (Want to wipe away the sickly-sweet scent of the Magic Kingdom? Go slumming in a black strip club.)

RushBaby on August 27, 2013 at 1:54 PM

thatsafactjack on August 27, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Gonna go out on a limb here. Twerking is not a Conservative position?

Bmore on August 27, 2013 at 1:54 PM

the dancing is one thing, but WTH is up with the tongue?

pecan pie on August 27, 2013 at 1:43 PM

That’s the Gene Simmons part of her act.

rickv404 on August 27, 2013 at 1:55 PM

The Onion called it five years ago: http://youtu.be/HOgj2etJs3Y

Meric1837 on August 27, 2013 at 1:52 PM

We live in a nation today where at satire site could write most of the mainstream headlines of the day (or just ahead in the future).

PappyD61 on August 27, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Miley Cyrus has failed so far being a new Britney Spears or a new Lady Gaga, so she’s at the end of her rope and think she’s bad-arse hip hop now. I’m surprised she was dating a white movie actor and not a black rapper or basketball player. What’s amusing is the recording industry knows she’s pretending and grasping and she’ll now be shunned.

I hate the comparisons to Britney or Madonna, like them or not – they had huge successful CD releases that sold millions. Cyrus is just throwing anything including the kitchen sink to see what sticks. When Jimmy Fallon and SNL come out now in pigtails and their tongue sticking out like some mental patient, she’ll fade away like Paris Hilton.

Marcus on August 27, 2013 at 1:56 PM

In ten years she’ll be doing the same thing at county fairs!

JAM on August 27, 2013 at 1:51 PM

-If I told them once, I told them a thousand times – Mylie Cyrus first, puppet show second.

Flange on August 27, 2013 at 1:56 PM

the dancing is one thing, but WTH is up with the tongue?

pecan pie on August 27, 2013 at 1:43 PM

I thought she was coked up or on meth, but the bear on her outfit is doing the same thing.

Flange on August 27, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Miley, the Biloxi casino called……they wanted to book you for your 2016 comeback tour.

http://www.ipbiloxi.com/entertain/event-calendar

PappyD61 on August 27, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Maybe I’m missing something, but I thought she was supposed to be a singer. A “friend” of hers is being quoted saying, “Everybody’s talking about her; she’s smarter than you think.”

No, she’s not. I’m sure she’d set another Twitter record if she gave some guy a BJ on stage. But, is that the point?

Wasn’t this the Video Music Awards? What about the music?

IndieDogg on August 27, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Good old days – the party in the USA is over!

22044 on August 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Spar the rd and spoil the Miley.

kingsjester on August 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Finally broke down and watched the video……

OMG! That was nothing but pornography. All I can say is that Miley Cyrus is just getting in practice for when those raised hands with cell phones are raised with dollar bills.

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Dang, that was hard to watch/listen to. The music sucked. Man o man how far the industry has fallen. As far as the young lady. She’s 20 right? She made a decision, she gets to live with the outcome. Humiliating comes to mind.

Bmore on August 27, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Yup….think of it as an Abortion done as Performance Art.

I have listened to popular music my entire Life. In Elementary
School, I would hear Chicago, Jim Croce, Carole King coming
out of my Sister’s rooms, and Zeppelin, Stones, Who, Santana
coming out of my Brother’s rooms….In my teen years i started
going to concerts….lots of concerts….

the ONE thing I notice with today’s music more than anything
is they concetrate and emphasize everything but the MUSIC.
They come out, slither around, gyrate, have a giant Video
screen, and add an endless parade of nitwits (supporting cast)
who add NOTHING, but distraction…..If I wanted to see that,
I’ll go to a Carnival…..

ToddPA on August 27, 2013 at 2:02 PM

The only thing missing from this Cyrus perfomance was
the First Lady, in her Tranny outfit.

ToddPA on August 27, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Gonna go out on a limb here. Twerking is not a Conservative position?

Bmore on August 27, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Let’s put it this way. If you see a conservative twerking, call 911 because they are having seizures. If you happen to see John McCain twerking, dial 311 and ask for the number you need to call for an ambulance. Dial slowly.

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Ed, why do you persist in promoting this trash? There are plenty of other sites out there who are addressing this very issue, and giving this crap “exposure” on your site reminds me of how Fox News promotes the very things it rails against.

HiJack on August 27, 2013 at 2:06 PM

The only thing missing from this Cyrus perfomance was
the First Lady, in her Tranny outfit.

ToddPA on August 27, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Or her thong.

HiJack on August 27, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Re Miley with a teddy bear, a finger and a frolicking slut strut.

Wow so that’s what women’s lib looks like..Her Dad must be so proud!

I’m sure your asking — what can she do to top that after her 15 minutes on this fizzles out? You know there is that act in Mexico that involves a donkey… I’ll bet her manager is on the phone trying to get a a waiver from the ASPC right now.

HatfieldMcCoy on August 27, 2013 at 2:08 PM

I don’t blame congress. I blame the entire news industry. President Urkel and his sycophants are hell bent on “doing something” vis a vis Syria as a way to show Americans that he really isn’t a useless pansy. Every single one of his policies and programs are complete disasters, the economy is in the worst shape its been in decades, the corruption, domestic spying, and rank partisanship are at all time highs, and we still have three more years to endure. Of course they’d rather talk about rodeo clowns and twerking.

RobertE on August 27, 2013 at 2:08 PM

I wonder how Billy Ray’s Achy Breaky Heart is feeling about his Stanky Flakey Tart for a daughter. Good job dad.

Flange on August 27, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Next there will be the Internet sex tape released by an ex-boyfriend (the usual cover story), followed by arrests for drugs/drunk driving, a lesbian kiss on TV, and then a playboy spread.

sharrukin on August 27, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Lolz! I was young and wild once upon a time. Not sure I wouldn’t have absolutely enjoyed getting twerked.

Bmore on August 27, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Next there will be the Internet sex tape released by an ex-boyfriend (the usual cover story), followed by arrests for drugs/drunk driving, a lesbian kiss on TV, and then a playboy spread.

sharrukin on August 27, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Well why not? She clearly signed up for the full Disney child star ride!

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Bmore on August 27, 2013 at 1:54 PM

LOL! I wouldn’t even begin to try to speak for ‘the conservative position’, but I can tell that it’s not something I’d expect to see practiced by any woman who has mastered her own sexual mystique.

Subtlety lingers in the mind and is far more powerful than the crudely obvious.

To be quite candid, Ms.Cyrus’ performance is reminiscent of the sexual attention seeking antics of the bonobo chimpanzee.

thatsafactjack on August 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Well why not? She clearly signed up for the full Disney child star ride!

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2013 at 2:18 PM

You would think that they could at least mix it up a little. It’s all too boringly predictable.

sharrukin on August 27, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Congress is to blame?

This a$$hat thinks the blame falls on (wait for it)….Racism

And the tool is not alone.

novaculus on August 27, 2013 at 2:24 PM

There’s still the nude performance for Grandpa, to come. Never underestimate how far that fall is to the bottom.

MNHawk on August 27, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Little Miley, trying to show that she’s “all grown up”, tried to channel Pink, Madonna, and GaGa simultaneously.

She mainly ended up looking like a cross between Tank Girl and the digital dingdong from Dance Dance Revolution. (Of course, I’ve only seen stills, you’d have to pay me to watch the VMA, and I wouldn’t come cheap.)

Ten years from now she’ll be doing a geriatric version, bending forward, sticking her underlip out like Mick Jagger, bugging her eyes and rotating them in opposite directions, and going “DOOOORRRRRNNNGGGG!!!” at the top of her lungs.

But remember, folks; It’s Art.

By comparison, here’s what she will never, ever be;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPzvv2v2keI

clear ether

eon

eon on August 27, 2013 at 2:28 PM

And until Cyrus’ twerking became a national crisis,

This is not and has never been a “national crisis”.

However, I DEMAND to know why HotGas is not covering the FEUD between Perez Hilton and Lady Gaga!

/Priorities, People!

/sarc

JimLennon on August 27, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Miley will be nekkid in Playboy within a year. I guarantee it.

neyney on August 27, 2013 at 2:31 PM

eon on August 27, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Or, perhaps… this :)

thatsafactjack on August 27, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Hollywood the last refuge of the pedophiles.

unseen on August 27, 2013 at 2:35 PM

ooh and for the record I’ll take 1000′s Mileys if it means keeping congress out of session. For pure pornography nothing tops Congress. of course the only people getting screwed when congress is in session is us.

unseen on August 27, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Well at least Achy Breaky Heart and mullets are no longer the most embarrassing things associated with the Cyrus family.

HumpBot Salvation on August 27, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Miley will be nekkid in Playboy within a year. I guarantee it.

neyney on August 27, 2013 at 2:31 PM

do they still print playboy?

unseen on August 27, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Young Celebrity Death Watch Chart (ala Billboard)

PappyD61 on August 27, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Yeah, they had to repopulate the board and move her up the list after Cory Monteith (too soon?)

So here’s a challenge for Internet scrubbers: can anyone find a recent picture of her with her tongue NOT sticking out? I can’t remember the last time I saw one.

The Schaef on August 27, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Perhaps young performers and their parents can watch the bizarre spectacle of this week and learn that lesson before the moneymakers suck the childhood out of their daughters and sons, and perhaps all parents can learn that lesson as well. Meanwhile, who’s ready for Congress to get back to work so we can have some real outrages to discuss? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

This may be an overgeneralization but whatevs: It seems that in far too many “families” today you have a perpetually adolescent single mom who was a teenager when Britney Spears Inc. took over and hyper-sexualized youth culture back in the late 1990′s.

It was out of a desire to show the world that she too was “not that innocent” that these now 30-ish single moms got knocked up in the first place by slacker dudes turned deadbeat absentee dads.

How can it be a shock then that these “Britney-Moms” and “Eminem-Dads” are a) clueless to the negative societal effects of this garbage or b) happy to go along with it with their own kids, who sadly but likely as not will themselves soon be either single moms or absentee deadbeat dads as well?

Sacramento on August 27, 2013 at 2:38 PM

I bet Adele is happy she doesn’t have the kind of body one wants to put in skimpy outfits. That way, folks are forced to listen to her music. Adele has more talent in her little finger than Miley has twerk.

Sekhmet on August 27, 2013 at 2:38 PM

it is a shame Miley could have made 1000 times more money if she would have remained wholesome instead of becoming a train wreck.

unseen on August 27, 2013 at 2:39 PM

To be quite candid, Ms.Cyrus’ performance is reminiscent of the sexual attention seeking antics of the bonobo chimpanzee.

thatsafactjack on August 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM

True but you know you’ve crossed a line when Lady Gaga appears at the same venue and looks demure by comparison. It’s one thing to be dancing with creepy teddy bears. It is another thing entirely to be giving foam finger crotch rubs.

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2013 at 2:40 PM

it is a shame Miley could have made 1000 times more money if she would have remained wholesome instead of becoming a train wreck.

unseen on August 27, 2013 at 2:39 PM

I don’t know about that. The pantry is still pretty bare in the talent department. But now that she’s dumped the tween audience, I don’t know who she is trying to appeal to. Between the pole dancing on a hot dog cart and this I’d say she’s looking for a dirty old man to be her sugar daddy.

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2013 at 2:43 PM

What’s funny is watching the same people who whine about “slut shaming” talk about how trashy/skanky/slutty Miley Cyrus was at the VMAs.

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 27, 2013 at 2:43 PM

portlandon on August 27, 2013 at 1:29 PM

This.

Courage was when Captain Ed risked prosecution by the Canadian Govt for bold reporting on their corruption just a few short years ago. Risking the wrath of the justus brothers is apparently more dangerous to life, liberty and justice for all. Heartache.

Courage was having synergy with the Anchoress and having his wife do a little clogging on the spirit. All sold out to toe the line with the GOPe.

Leading ‘conservative’ blog? Those days are gone. Not even a leading commentary on the GOPe.

But let’s resume the discussion about twerking.

AH_C on August 27, 2013 at 2:44 PM

By “they,” I don’t mean the girls. I mean their parents. Where are they? What the hell are they thinking?


What the hell was Mama Cyrus thinking? Take a look at the picture snapped of Mom during Miley’s performance:

Fit Gentleman‏@GenuineGent_x25 Aug
Miley Cyrus’ mom watching her at the #MTVVMAs http://t.co/CBO1oakD1s

Mom, for my money, was thinking at that particular instant,

“Dang it! We should have made it a mother/daughter act!”

And if you think that isn’t possible … do some research on the Disney & Nickolodeon track records with regard to “child stars”.

My tweet following the one I’ve provide above:

PolAgnostic‏ @PolAgnostic 19h
Retweeted GenuineGent_x ‘s picture/tweet as evidence that if California broke off and slid under the waves – we would ALL be better off.

PolAgnostic on August 27, 2013 at 2:47 PM

I don’t know about that. The pantry is still pretty bare in the talent department. But now that she’s dumped the tween audience, I don’t know who she is trying to appeal to. Between the pole dancing on a hot dog cart and this I’d say she’s looking for a dirty old man to be her sugar daddy.
Happy Nomad on August 27, 2013 at 2:43 PM

those are what we call Hollywood big shots nowadays.

the thing is that the entertainment industry equates “growing up” to sex. I blame society in general. Sex is the last refuge of the 16-25 year-olds to show “how grown up they are”. We as a society have increasingly postponed adulthood for our children. We treat 17 year-olds like they are 12. Then wonder why they are immature and act out.

unseen on August 27, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Miley Cyrus earned more money this year than you or I will ever see in our lifetimes.

myiq2xu on August 27, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Speak for yourself.

And even if that’s true, at least no one in my family will be embarrassed at how I earn my money.

DRayRaven on August 27, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Miley Cyrus earned more money this year than you or I will ever see in our lifetimes.

myiq2xu on August 27, 2013 at 1:32 PM

whoring tends to pay well until you are used up then its down to the $5dollar crack side of the street. Just ask the other bimbo’s that Hollywood has used up and tossed out.

unseen on August 27, 2013 at 2:52 PM

I hate the comparisons to – Madonna, like [her] or not – [she] had huge successful CD releases that sold millions. Cyrus is just throwing anything including the kitchen sink to see what sticks.

That was true of Madonna only in the 1980s, maybe early 1990s.

The only thing of Madonna’s that sell well the last 10 – 15 years have been her tours. Her recent albums do not sell.

Despite MDNA flop, Madonna tops Forbes’ celebrity high-earners list

Despite her MDNA album proving a flop, the accompanying high-priced tour filled stadiums, grossing $305 million.

hollywoodreporter.com

Madonna’s ‘MDNA’ Suffers Biggest Album Sales Drop of All Time
7:25 AM PDT 4/10/2012 by Mary Ellen Skawinski

The pop star’s latest CD is expected to drop 88 percent from its debut week when final chart numbers are released.

Madonna has set all kinds of sales records, but this is one she’d rather forget.

After topping the Billboard 200 chart in its first week with 359,000 copies sold, the singer’s MDNA is expected to suffer an 88 percent drop in sales to 46,000 units, according to Forbes. The album’s steep decline would set the record for biggest second-week drop in history.

Her albums before MDNA also did not do very well.

TigerPaw on August 27, 2013 at 2:58 PM

The so called music today sucks. The Beatles would blow all these pretenders off the stage.

birdwatcher on August 27, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Who’s to blame for Miley Cyrus and the VMAs? Congress!

Miley Cyrus…she’s an adult. There’s no one else to blame.

cajunpatriot on August 27, 2013 at 3:00 PM

eon on August 27, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Or, perhaps… this :)

thatsafactjack on August 27, 2013 at 2:33 PM

*wolf whistle*

Bmore on August 27, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Never go full skank…

She went full skank…

Kuffar on August 27, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Parents to blame, surely you jest. I recall watching those so called well to do professional parents (kids raised in the sex and drug sixties) cheer and stomp their feet when their (sixth grade level) sons in a local play all danced and made homosexual grabs at each other.
Many, if not most of the people that booed God and celebrated lust and baby killing at the Obama democratic convention, were todays modern version of “parents”

These things happen when we dump God and left leaning churches are busy chasing social justice goals at the expense of losing souls they dare not offend with God’s truth.

Don L on August 27, 2013 at 3:12 PM

The so called music today sucks. The Beatles would blow all these pretenders off the stage.

birdwatcher on August 27, 2013 at 3:00 PM

I agree wholeheartedly, as someone who cannot stand the Beatles.

Even at their most shrill, they’d bury these talentless hacks.

CurtZHP on August 27, 2013 at 3:18 PM

do they still print playboy?

unseen on August 27, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Barely. It’s a much thinner magazine and they double up four months into two now.

rickv404 on August 27, 2013 at 3:23 PM

The only thing missing from this Cyrus performance was
the First Lady, in her Tranny outfit.

ToddPA on August 27, 2013 at 2:04 PM

The First Cameltoe: What does Michelle Obama remind you of in this outfit?

slickwillie2001 on August 27, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Ignoring racial black on white violence, spotlighting Miley Cyrus.

Courage.

portlandon on August 27, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Somehow I missed this post yesterday. Very disappointing.

Black on white crime has been trending upward, and there certainly appears to be a spike in unprovoked black on white hate attacks in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict. If Ed is disturbed by these reports, why not do some investigation and get to the bottom of it?

Ignoring the realities is not going to help. Very, very disappointing.

novaculus on August 27, 2013 at 3:26 PM

I wonder how Billy Ray’s Achy Breaky Heart is feeling about his Stanky Flakey Tart for a daughter. Good job dad.

Flange on August 27, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Hah.

This little episode is a symptom of a much larger, ongoing problem. This kind of stuff is filth, plain and simple. No redeeming quality whatsoever. I’m sad that this passes for “music” and entertainment in society these days.

Othniel on August 27, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Let’s rocket a DVD of this through space so advanced civilizations on distant planets can see how we chillax.

nico on August 27, 2013 at 3:49 PM

There is almost nothing slower than the news cycle in August of an off year, and 2013 has provided plenty of evidence for that theory.

Abortion

IRS

NSA

Egypt

Syria

Baghdad

Christopher Lane

Oboehnercare

Amnesty

Gun Control

Drones

Pakistan

Detroit

Delbert Belton

Fast and Furious

Jesse Sharpton Lewis

Stacey Rambold

SSM

Bradley Manning

North Korea

Iran

Edward Snowden

Eric Holder

Medical Marijuana

Antonio Santiago

Hillary Clinton

John Kerry

Unemployment

davidk on August 27, 2013 at 3:50 PM

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