Could a family feud be brewing? The Parents Television Council is fuming mad after Miley Cyrus’ sexually explicit performance aired with a TV-14 rating on the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, and Cyrus’ dad Billy Ray Cyrus serves on the board.
In a statement released Monday via Rolling Stone, the non-profit organization criticizes the 20-year-old former Disney star for her half-naked performance of “We Can’t Stop” and twerking-filled “Blurred Lines” duet with Robin Thicke.
“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,” said 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. 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?”
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Making the situation even trickier? As Rolling Stone notes, Miley’s famous father Billy Ray Cyrus is a member of the council’s advisory board. The 52-year-old “Achy Breaky Heart” singer, however, hasn’t shared his own opinion of his daughter’s VMAs act. One day after Miley’s Aug. 25 performance, he tweeted, “Thanking God for so many blessings tonight. Continue to pray for world peace. More love . . . less hate.” Billy Ray later clarified that he was not speaking about Miley, explaining, “FYI ‘Love Not Hate’ Late last night I was watching devastating news out of Syria. Chemical weapons used on innocent children is unacceptable!”
With their new statement against MTV, the PTC is looking to see a change in legislation and how TV viewers pay for content. “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,” Isett said in the release. “After MTV’s display last night, it’s time to give control back to consumers.”