Last night, as Ben Brophy
mentioned, Miley Cyrus grabbed the spotlight at the MTV VMA’s
with her foolish and grotesque “performance” where she stripped to
her underwear and shook her body in a primitive manner to primitive
noises (it wasn’t dancing or music because both of those require
some form of talent). While many have condemned the act, some are
justifying it as a form of satire or raunchy fun. Others are
brushing it off as being so bad it’s good.
It’s neither funny nor justifiable. It was a disgusting and
embarrassing tribute to the state of humanity, which apparently is
devolving at an exponential rate. Technically, none of this is
anything new. Between the perpetually misogynistic and overly
sexualized performances, the shameful lip-syncing, and Lady Gaga,
modern music award shows have been worthless for decades now.
Arguably, watching a half-naked woman (who is famous for
starring in a kids show) twerk it up, touch herself, and literally
act like an animal on Robin Thicke (who is now famous for a music
video where he features fully topless women dancing aimlessly) is a
new low. However, that isn’t the point.
The point is that America continues to not only allow but accept
While some celebrities appeared unimpressed or even disgusted
by Cyrus’s antics, watching the video will show numerous zombified
fans wildly cheering and worshipping her act. Cries of “Leave Miley
alone!” have already turned up on social media. No doubt some
leftist blogger will post something about how it was actually
Now it’s understandable that art will never be normal. It’s not
supposed to be. It’s a reflection of the artist’s deepest thoughts
and feelings, expressed in media such as music, paintings or dance.
It’s strongest when it conveys a deeper meaning, but art for the
sake of pure entertainment is often used for relaxation, and there
is nothing wrong with that. Furthermore it’s not news that art,
whether it’s Picasso’s pictures or Elvis’s “wild” rock n’ roll,
will always have critics crying foul only to universally accept it
as genius years later.
But not all art has been accepted. Take for example the Roman
gladiator games. The overwhelming majority of people would now
condemn such barbaric entertainment which entailed watching animals
and humans brutally kill each other in an arena. But at the time
critics were in the minority. Another example would be the minstrel
show, which at one time was a wildly successful and popular form of
entertainment in America. Such art, as it was called then, endured
long into the 20th century, with several TV cartoons displaying
graphically racist caricatures of African-Americans. Nowadays the
minstrel show is complete taboo and a painfully embarrassing stain
on American entertainment.
This post-modern, vulgar, touch-yourself-in-public form of art,
along with all the overtly sexual, misogynistic, and utterly
foolish videos and lyrics of top 40 music constitute a cancer that
needs to be stopped. It isn’t even a matter of letting loose. This
is going out of one’s way to portray excessive, unattractive
decadence in a shameless manner. It’s a modern minstrel show that
mocks all of humanity.
The reason it keeps going is because of the money – sex and
foolishness sells, moral and thoughtful lyrics don’t. Let’s start
small by not buying these artists songs and albums. Besides,
Cyrus’s latest album is title “Bangerz.” No one truly wants that in
Let’s stop this train wreck sooner rather than later so when we
look back at our generation’s history, we won’t have to sheepishly
condemn at least two decades worth of pseudo-art.
via Jordan Gonzalez: The American Spectator articles and blog posts. http://bit.ly/14yDMJ2