Last night, the MTV Video Music Awards aired last night and the big story coming out is Miley Cyrus' provocative performance in which she gyrated, kinda sorta simulated *********ion with a big foam finger and danced around in a flesh colored bra & panties. It's gotten all kinds of people in an uproar. The Parents Television Council released a statement earlier today slamming Cyrus and MTV: "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. 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? This content would likely not be given a forum if it were on a broadcast network, yet MTV continues to push limits because its a cable network. But that does not mean MTVs decisions have no consequences, especially for the millions of children who were targeted by MTV. 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 dont want. After MTVs display last night, its time to give control back to consumers." Every year at this show, some celebrity does something, says something or wears something that stirs up controversy and generally gets under the skin of more conservative members of society. There'll be something next year and the year after that and the year after that, etc. One reason some people are all torn up over this is because some still view Cyrus and the Hannah Montana character as being one & the same for some damn reason. Yes, Miley Cyrus became a star in the mid through late 2000s due to Hannah Montana. That's all well and good but the notion that some expect her to live her life as this ultra squeaky clean 16 year old Disney creation is more than just a tad silly. She's 20 years old, she's young, she's attractive and she's a sexual being. Get the fuck over it already. Personally, I find this whole wild child phase she's going through a bit silly & funny too. She tries so hard to portray herself as being such a polar opposite of the Hannah Montana character that, to me, she almost comes off as a parody rather than someone to be taken serious. I can see why she's doing it though: she doesn't want to be typecast as some squeaky clean teen idol, resulting in the best years of her career being behind her and ultimately leading her into a downward spiral into irrelevance. Her performance last night did exactly what I'm sure her management and record company wanted: it generated a ton of buzz and controversy, which can quite frequently be transferred to ratings and record sales. At the same time though, it would be nice to see someone try to change their image in some sort of classy and/or original way. After all, what she did last night has been done to death really. Whenever someone in music who has sort of a wholesome image wants to add some edge to their image, they use the same tired formula of being half naked while dancing/gesturing in a sexually provocative manner.