PTC Slams MTV Video Music Awards as Manipulative, Inappropriate for Teenagers

by at . Comments

Kelly Clarkson may have been joking around in her critique of the MTV Video Music Awards as including too many pitchy strippers, but The Parents Television Council does not see this as a laughing matter.

In a scathing rebuke of the network and the event, the PTC released a statement today that focused on a rating that somehow claimed the show was appropriate for kids as young as 14.

Miley Cyrus VMA Dance
Lady Gaga VMA GIF

“MTV has once again succeeded in marketing sexually charged messages to young children using former child stars and condom commercials - while falsely rating this program as appropriate for kids as young as 14. This is unacceptable,” wrote PTC Director of Public Policy Dan Isett.

“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."

As you might expect, the main subjects of the PTC's outage were Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga.

Continued the press release:

"MTV continues to sexually exploit young women by promoting acts that incorporate ‘twerking’ in a nude-colored bikini. How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds? How is it appropriate for children to watch Lady Gaga strip down to a bikini in the opening act? How is it appropriate for 14-year-olds to see a condom commercial and a promo for an R-rated movie during the first commercial break?”

The statement goes on to say MTV should not get away with such acts merely because it is a cable network - and it includes a call to action.

"We urge Congress to pass the Television Consumer Freedom Act which will give parents and consumers a real solution for future MTV VMA programs – the ability to choose and pay for cable networks that they want vs. having to pay for networks they don’t want. After MTV’s display last night, it’s time to give control back to consumers.”

The PTC has previously come down on MTV for such programs as Jersey Shore, 16 and Pregnant, and Teen Mom.

Tags: ,
Avatar

I love the idea of being able to pick which channels you want instead of settling on pre-arranged packages! Out of the 70 or so channels that I get I generally only watch about 10 of them.

Avatar

Change the channel you donks.

Avatar

Miley might as well just become a stripper till she finds herself

Avatar

Not a show for kids or adults with sense.

Avatar
@ Beverly+Levy

This was for idiots....

Avatar

I agree with parents, but in the end, the control of such thing is up to them by monitoring what their children see, by turning the channel when appropriate, and by blocking those channels they found offense at.

Avatar
@ Frogmore

Yes but parenting can only go so far. A child may have good parents but the majority of parents dont do these things you listed. So when your kid goes to school they will be around kids who are not raised the same way. We need to get to the core of this problem and stop ppl like miley from ruining our youth!

Avatar

Cyrus was an outright pig......did you see the look on her peers faces. Imagine watching this with your children. Nasty Girl!

Avatar

So what else is new. This and many others is nothing but 100% USDA TRASH. Society wants to monitor and police every other thing in this country but they allow shit like this to walk into living rooms throughout and don't start with the "change the channel" or you don't have to watch it. It's everywhere. If Miley Slutrus was my daughter I would kick her ass up around her shoulder blades. These shows come on at night and the next day you have to sit and explain to your kids this behavior is not acceptable in real life. Taking the time to do damage control is the after affect of this waste of air waves. You might as well have a gorilla in the room with the screaming shits, in regards to what adults have to go behind with this Whore Festival.

Avatar
@ Sims

Oh I see now you need me to break it down for you miley is not on my fan list, and as I can see I cannot compete with a person of such high standards as yourself so ... As any lady would do I think I will clean my house and oh yes , take out the trash , Wait you already did that , so thank you

Avatar
@ Dawn

@Dawn or whichever of the 20 usernames you use! That SHOW is catered to teens. Miley Cyrus " cut her teeth" on teenage shows and made millions- FINE good for her! Those same teens that have parents who are trying NOT to let their offspring to be influenced in the bombardment of Sexually explicit, Drug acceptance and rebellion that makes you want to stick your ass out or shoot the finger on camera. You see the thing is- EVERYDAY people have to live by a standard because they don't have the MILLIONS to cushion the fall and you can bet your Sweet/sour ass there will be a fall! Miley is offering nothing of value, she offers rebellion and she is glamorized for it and what "IT" is? ........ it's trash. Trash has no use - does it? It clutters up everything- doesn't it? Lots of trash devalues everything including people- doesn't it? BTW who the hell is Dawn? Look- if you see Kimmie- tell her I found her tube. She's got a good following. I'm impressed and after watching, it's gotten to the point where I can't even type without looking out the window at the traffic in the distance! Ha! Seriously- good for her- it brushed up against me..... Just right.

Avatar
@ Sims

That's telling them right, Except what would your language point others to consider as trash??? Damage control a waste of air waves or words ???? Are you Serious????

Avatar
@ Sims

I agree

Avatar
@ swich

Sims that's telling them alright , and what class would your language point others to consider as trash ??? Really ?? Damage Control a waste of or air waves, or words???

Avatar
@ Dawn

Maybe it's just me? But maybe ive made a lasting impression? I don't know if your applauding or complaining? Surely a woman who can "Hit Submit" doesn't need a definition of trash?