It seems like the core of the anti-Miley brigade is the idea that she's a former child star who is now, terrifyingly, a sexual human being. This strikes me as a mixture of nostalgic nonsense and puritanical nonsense. Like, is there any way for a former Disney star to avoid that controversy? Would you have preferred a more tasteful performance? Clutch those pearls, Gramma Kyle!I agree that the outrage stems from Cyrus' past life as a child Disney star in one important respect: She would not have been on the stage at the nationally televised Video Music Awards were it not for that history. Her VMA stage show was a completely amateurish piece of rubbish. Put all the sexuality squabbling aside and you're left with nothing. Leading into the above quote, French offers the point that " We Can't Stop is a really great song." Actually it's a terrible song, unoriginal, uninspired and unintelligent, albeit very well produced. The video is much, much better than Cyrus' performance at the VMAs, much better even than Gaga's video for Applause. But good studio production values can't make up for that show. Cyrus' costumes were unflattering, particularly the flesh colored swimsuit. The dancers with teddy bears strapped to their backs looked miserable and silly. Robin Thicke was overshadowed and looked completely out of place standing next to her in an equally out-of-place Beetlejuice suit. Cyrus' attempts at sleeziness had no style or discipline to them, making her look look like a bad barroom pole dancer. I don't get the whole Jabba the Hutt thing with the tongue but whatever. Cyrus is a reality show phenomenon, a child star who dreamed of making the transition to adult pop star and had the money and the pull to make it happen, living out her fantasy onstage, regardless of whether she was ready. She wasn't ready. She isn't ready. So there you have it. The VMAs did exactly what they are designed to do. They served as a barometer measuring the pressure of the latest crazes in pop music and, simultaneously, a peep show into the private lusts of a handful of post-teenage celebrities who have, deliberately or no, through hard work and talent or otherwise, stumbled blindly onto Mount Olympus. If they made fools of themselves, there are plenty surrounding them in the music business who are laughing all the way to the bank. And the stars in question, careers noticeably harder or even shortened in some cases, have no one but themselves to blame. What a sorry showing. -- Written by Carlton Wilkinson in Asbury Park Follow @CarltonTSC
The Incredible and Sad Tale of the VMAs
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