miley cyrus & robin thicke

(Via USA Today)

Majority of the Internet have already seen images, videos and GIFs of Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke’s performance at the 2013 VMA’s, and many are blown away to say the least. It’s nothing new that a controversial performance has emerged from the annual VMA’s, as in the past Britney Spears had an unforgettable raunchy performance in 2003, which included Spears kissing Madonna. That has become a very well-remembered performance, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be topped.

One of the biggest problems that has emerged from this performance is that Cyrus has become the target of slut shaming, which is not OK. While her performance wasn’t exactly the classiest of performances, and many have called her trashy, Cyrus has been targeted by the media. The media and many people appeared to have forgotten that Robin Thicke was also singing and on stage, as pointed out by Dr. Jill here.

It’s clear to see why she is the target and it’s due to her image change over the past year or so as Cyrus transforms from innocent Disney actress to mature artist. This should not excuse Thicke. It seemed to have slipped people’s minds that many questioned the lyrics in his latest track, Blurred Lines, when it was released and accused him of promoting rape culture in the lyrics of song. Not only did some find the lyrics offensive, but his music video too.

Diane Martel directed Thicke’s video and that included nude models dancing with Thicke. Martel coincidentally directed Cyrus’ music video for her new track, “We Can’t Stop”, which was picked up by many media outlets. Thicke was questioned about his track and video on The Today Show and claimed it was a “feminist movement in itself.” So, now we return to the age-old debate of whether it’s empowering or degrading for women to show skin and be sexy.

TMB disagree’s and doesn’t think it’s a feminist movement or empowering. Why? Because what does this teach the next generation of teens, young women and feminists? Oprah Winfrey, Tina Fey and Taylor Swift all work in the entertainment industry and are empowered, but don’t use sex to sell. Young women can still come into their own without showing a huge amount of skin or dancing in a provocative way.

What’s really sad is that it’s incredibly difficult to find women that work in the entertainment industry, who are empowered and don’t use sex to sell. We think the below image sums it up pretty well, as that’s a family who’s very much involved in popular culture, are young and old, male and female… and they’re all shocked.

smith family

(Via Twitter/Official VMA)