Open letters to Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke after MTV VMA performance go viral
Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke's mashup performance of "We Can't Stop" and "Blurred Lines" at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards has been a hot topic ever since the moment Miley took the stage in her skimpy teddy bear onesie to strip and twerk all over Robin with her tongue hanging out.
While Justin Timberlake came out in defense of his fellow VMA performer, saying Miley is just "letting everyone know she's growing up," other celebrities like Brooke Shields, Kelly Clarkson, and Sherri Shepherd called her performance "desperate and disturbing," "stripper"-like, and "a ho move."
One mother wrote an open letter to the 20-year-old pop star on her blog, entitled "Dear daughter, let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to you." The self-proclaimed wife, mom and public relations professional writes to her unnamed daughter:
"If you ever even consider doing something like that, I promise you that I will run up and twerk so you will see how ridiculous twerking looks. I will duct tape your mouth shut so your tongue doesn't hangout like an overheated hound dog. I will smack any male whom you decide to smash against his pelvis -- after I first knock you on your butt for forgetting how a lady acts in public."
In a follow-up post wherein she responds to "haters" who take issue with her views, the blogger says the letter to her daughter "received more than 2.5 million views in its first 36 hours."
The blog post made its way around Facebook and the Twittersphere many times over, and inspired an open letter from another blogger, Matt Walsh, to his son. Walsh's blog post, "Dear son, don't let Robin Thicke be a lesson to you," also went viral on social media. In it, he bemoans "Cyrusgate" and criticizes Thicke's role in the performance that thrust Miley into the critical public eye.
"This gives you an idea of the full scene," Walsh writes. "A 36-year-old married man and father, grinding against an intoxicated 20-year-old while singing about how she's an 'animal' and the 'hottest b**** in this place.' And what happens the next day? We're all boycotting the 20-year-old. The grown man gets a pass." After drawing parallels to a culture that is overly tolerant of rape, Walsh writes to his son:
"Don't let any of these pigs and perverts you see on TV be a lesson to you. They treat women like garbage; they possess no chivalry, no self control; they are disloyal and dishonest; they spend all day pursuing pleasure at the expense of others, and they encourage you to do the same. You might be tempted to follow suit. In fact, you WILL be tempted. These male pop stars and celebrities, look at them, you'll think. They take advantage of emotionally broken, self loathing, confused young women, and they are rewarded handsomely for it. Look at their nice clothes and their nice cars. Look how they are admired and loved. Look, they treat women like trash and other women fawn all over them because of it. This must be how real men behave, you'll think."
He goes on to describe how real men should behave, and threatens to "kick your butt up and down the street ... if I ever catch you disrespecting women."
What do you think of these parents' reactions to the VMAs? Over-the-top or right on?
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