Miley Cyrus’s controversial performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last month has in my view crossed the red line of vulgarity, rendering it a spectacle more in terms of pornographic insinuations than a pulsating erotic display to beguile its audience.
The singer paraded on stage in a bra and knickers and gyrated wildly during a duet with Robin Thicke, which lacked at least the sexual elegance one would have expected on such a highly promoted occasion. Having seen the pictures in the newspapers I can well understand why the public were horrified by the lewd display because it had broken the barriers of decency and gained her no credit whatsoever.
Miss Cyrus, twenty, is now promoting her new single ‘Wrecking Ball’, and when her video was unveiled online just days ago it received more than nineteen million views within twenty-four hours, which conversely goes to prove that the public is not averse to raunchiness. The racy video, featuring the pop star swinging naked on a demolition ball, certainly gave her promotion an added impetus.
Is the new generation of pop stars like Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Rita Ora and others also the new breed of sex vixens likely to be the vanguard of more sexual excesses to come? The hyper-sexualisation of music videos and magazines has already impacted on young girls in a way that some people believe can destroy their self-esteem.
Last year music mogul Mike Stock, who wrote Kylie’s Minogue‘s hit single ‘I Should Be So Lucky’, complained about the ‘sluttish’ lyrics of pop music, in particular those of Lady Gaga. Mr Stock said: ‘It’s easy – if you haven’t got much to sell, stick some sex in the video and it’s job done. It’s both easy and lazy.’
Miley Cyrus, I’m sure, will grow to realise that the more she exhibits raunchiness the more tired her audience will become. So my advice to her: learn to be elegant in all that you do. Keep your delicate parts tucked away and curiosity will have a great propelling power to launch you to a higher perspective and ensure your durability.