Miley Cyrus apparently shocked a large percentage of the world with her “raunchy” performance with Robin Thicke.
She was wearing a skin-tight latex nude body suit. She gyrated and twerked and dry humped a foam finger. She also stuck her tongue out. A lot.
And what about that latex, nude outfit? Numerous male rockers dress in overtly sexual ways and, well, so what? I couldn’t find a color picture of David Lee Roth displaying his “package” in all of its barely-restrained-glory, but even in a small black and white thumbnail you get the point.
I’ve been to numerous rock concert when the male star dry humps something (microphone, back up dancer, bass player) and no one did anything except yell louder.
Let’s remember that Miley was accompanying Robin Thicke, the guy with the video featuring women who are naked except for skin toned thongs. A video where women gyrate to show off their breasts while men, who are dressed, sing, “I know you want it.” A video that is a hop, skip and a jump from soft core porn. To pay homage or one-up that video you really have to take it to the next level or play it totally straight. This was the VMAs so taking it to the next level was clearly a forgone conclusion.
I remember when it was shocking to the world that Madonna writhed on the floor at the VMAs in a wedding dress. No one cold believe it. According to Madonna, Freddy DeMann (Madonna’s manager) was “white with anger, he was so upset— he said, ‘That’s it, you’ve ruined your career’…” That was 1984.
I am not music critic, but I have always felt the point of rock was the lack of restraint and pushing boundaries of self-expression whether it’s performing, coming up with the craziest guitar riff, or unbridled dancing on the floor.
If you don’t like what Miley Cyrus does turn the channel or don’t buy her music, but don’t tell her she’s too raunchy because that’s just a double standard. And if there’s a double standard in rock, well, that’s just a sad comment on our society.
If women can’t be totally out there at the VMAs then what we are saying is women are expected to conform everywhere.