MTV VMAs Reached A Dangerous New Low

I hate to sound like a broken record (pun!), but Sunday’s broadcast of MTV’s Video Music Awards has to be one of the worst yet.

Courtesy of MTV

Courtesy of MTV

In keeping with Miley Cyrus’ downward spiral, MTV stooped to her level and produced a low-quality show.

I’ll admit, I started to watch the show after my Twitter feed was overrun with East Coast-time posts of GIFs and snark about the show’s antics, so I had to see for myself what the fuss was about.

I instantly regretted helping to spike the show’s ratings, even if only for a few short minutes since that’s all I had the patience for.

This yearly video music awards show is supposed to recognize the accomplishments of established and up-and-coming artists as an example to follow. But it was anything but this. The entertainment value was based on rehashing old news, topping prior year’s extreme outfits, and very little talent.

The absence of Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Madonna, or any other heavy-weight in the industry was noticeable. By the way, did you notice who was sitting in the front row seats instead of the truly talented? That’s right. It was the KKK Klan. Ugh.

From the start, we were treated to Miley Cyrus’ outrageous costumes, which seemed to try to make up for the vapid script the equally-hollow star had to  work with.

As much as people love to hate Taylor Swift, she was the only one that maintained her standards of elegance, etiquette, and class. Churning the old Kanye-Swift debacle got older very fast, but Swift seemed genuine in her speech delivery as she handed the award to West.

But by awarding the outspoken (not well-spoken) narcissist with the Video Vanguard Award, MTV squeezed out the last breath from this past incident (and hopefully killed it forever!).

In Cyrus’ case, I would say “don’t shoot the messenger,” but I’m sure every bit of inappropriate clothing and drug reference made throughout the telecast was sanctioned by her.

As for the artists themselves, they were dragged to new lows: Nicki Minaj and Cyrus’ prefabricated rants, both on Twitter and on stage, rang hollow.  However, Justin Bieber crying after his performance was quite fitting; the show would have made me cry too.

As the Parents Television Council president, Tim Winter, accurately stated:

Are we surprised that Miley Cyrus exposed herself to millions of viewers, and to more people who will inevitably see the news in the mainstream media? About as surprised as we’ll be if the sun rises in the east tomorrow morning,” Winter went on. “We had hoped she would have proven us wrong and demonstrate her considerable talent as a performer, rather than rely on her own sexuality to entertain the audience.

Of course, Kanye West had no choice but to top himself. MTV gave him the platform and the rapper couldn’t resist: He ridiculously announced his presidential candidacy for 2020.

To reference Kanye West’s only logical remark of the night, I don’t understand this awards show.

As many continue to claim that we simply have to change the channel to avoid a dose of this drama, you’re wrong. Our packaged-cable subscription money finances this crap, and many of us don’t want to pay for it anymore.

MTV producers resorted to a very cheap form of entertainment, and it was preposterous indeed.

This awards show is promoting low-quality life goals and aspirations for our talented youth of today…dangerously low.

What did you think of this year’s MTV VMAs?


  1. Good recap. It is such a disappointment when there really is amazing talent out there!

  2. Melissa H. says:

    Makes me glad that I don’t have cable! I’ve seen some pics and clips… MTV has surely fallen from greatness.

    • Suzette Valle says:

      Cable is making less sense these days, Melissa. I wish we could get rid of it, too! Soon…very soon!

  3. Tammy Greene says:

    I was absolutely horrified. I had to tell my 12 year old that she couldn’t watch. It was way beyond inappropriate. I stopped watching after the first 15 minutes. I am grateful to Taylor Swift. So far, as a role model, she has yet to disappoint.

    • Suzette Valle says:

      The whole show was absolutely horrible, Tammy! I really don’t understand who MTV is producing this show for since the ‘artists’ music featured in it is usually consumed by tweens and teens. They claim their show’s demo is for 18-34, but who are they kidding?!

  4. Nikki says:

    I didn’t watch this year, glad to know that I didn’t miss anything.

  5. Dia says:

    A few years ago I stopped even trying to watch it live because it was that bad. Now I dvr it and watch the musical performances that interest me later. Sounds like I didn’t miss much. I must admit Miley as host did turn me off this year, she try way to hard to be sexual. If it felt natural and not just like a stage characters to shed her Hanna Montana image. Did you see the promos her just flicking her you get around?!?!? What does that have to do with music awards. Ugh

  6. I agree. I couldn’t stomach the whole show. My husband and I looked at each other at several points and said, “is this what it’s come to?”

    • Suzette Valle says:

      Someone told me I was negative on this year’s show because “I’m getting old.” Based on the feedback I’ve read about the show, there must be a lot of us old people out there! Lol!

  7. Joanna says:

    I wouldn’t even watch it. I saw enough of the crazy through the show highlights and news. So ridiculous!

  8. samantha says:

    I have to say the Kardashians are a guilty pleasure of mine, so that part didn’t bother me much. Miley though, is another story. If I put aside the fact that she was nude most of the evening, her performance as host had me cringing through the whole thing. One example of that is after Justin Beiber’s clearly emotional performance. It seems like she just made things even more awkward with her comment afterward. Kanye West’s speech was a breath of fresh air compared to Miley.

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