• PTC Reacts to the 2014 Video Music Awards

    by  • August 25, 2014 • 4 Every Girl, Cable Choice • 7 Comments

    LOS ANGELES (August 25, 2014) – The Parents Television Council issued the following statement in reaction to MTV’s “Video Music Awards” special, which aired last night.

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    “MTV seemed to have toned down the VMA broadcast this year – at least compared to last year’s cringe-inducing mess. The MTV broadcast standards team effectively muted out the most explicit profanity, and for that we are grateful. But that’s not to say there weren’t some real concerns and problematic content, especially with how women were portrayed,” said Tim Winter, president of the PTC and the organization’s “4 Every Girl” Campaign, which seeks to call attention to and reverse the sexualized media messages that are having a devastating impact on young girls.

    “It is perplexing that a performance would include, on the one hand, strong, positive written messages above the stage about honoring and respecting young women and ending gender-based double-standards; while on the other hand the female performers are on stripper poles with backup dancers in flesh-toned bikinis, and with female backup dancers wearing next to nothing while the males performers are mostly clothed.

    “MTV showed the world that it can act responsibly when it wants to, knowing that children – and especially young teens – are in the audience. The brightest spot of the broadcast may have been the Truth’s “Finish It” anti-smoking campaign which reminded us all of the tremendous power of celebrities to influence behavior for good, or for bad. When celebrities endorse products or behaviors, young people are influenced. MTV should follow the lead of Truth and empower young women by helping to combat these sexualized images and messages that it promotes on the VMAs and on its programming.”

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    7 Responses to PTC Reacts to the 2014 Video Music Awards

    1. Barbara
      August 29, 2014 at 7:25 am

      I DID NOT watch but my 18 year old Christian granddaughter did. Her response: the VMA’s disturb me. I’m only here for Lana.

    2. Cindy Wininger
      August 29, 2014 at 11:14 am

      I did not watch it either. Though I love music, I have not liked the way most music videos, like to watch suggestive videos or sing along to swear words or misleading ideas. Not saying all songs or like this because it is not true, but there are more then what i care to hear.

    3. Bridgette
      August 29, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      No I did not watch. Toned down trash is still trash.

    4. John Doyle
      August 29, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      I watched it long enough to turn it off!! It was disgusting and I was thoroughly offended by the vulgarity exposed from what little bit I watched.

    5. Sandy
      August 30, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Refused to watch this garbage. I wish soon they would put themselves out of business, but I know there are too many unChristians watching to do that. Does it honor God? In my opinion, NO. Does it undergird you spiritually…In my opinion, NO. Can it bring you under its power?…YES. Do you have an uneasy conscience about it? YOU ANSWER. Could it cause a weaker person to stumble? YES. Then, it is sin and you shouldn’t do it.

    6. Deborah Mitzelli
      August 31, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      I recorded and watched this year’s MTV’s VMA show and was appalled! I couldn’t believe that this sexually immoral programing is being offered up to the teens! The performances of Iggy, Nicki, and Beyoncé were full of disgusting, explicit, moves! The way the dancers threw up their legs so the camera could focus on the naked looking behind and frontal positions was nothing short of pornography made just for teens everywhere! I don’t understand how cable networks can’t get away with airing this filth on t.v. It was very sad, and scary, thinking of all the youth that watched this, and to think of what young girls may take away from watching the women on this show, who are suppose to be women who say that they want women to be strong and think for herself! If that’s really the case, then why do those same women feel that the only way to get famous is by selling themselves out? It’s one thing to sell yourself out for fame, it’s another to influence young girls, who haven’t had a chance to even understand their own sexuality! I think MTV should be fined as much as possible for each and every performance shown on their network that sell sex, alcohol or drugs to it’s audiences.

    7. Terry
      September 1, 2014 at 5:33 am

      I watched maybe the first 30 – 40 minutes with my daughters who are in their early 20′s. I just thought it was really, really sad what passes for entertainment now. I feel sorry for young girls who idolize these “entertainers” if they don’t have a positive, female role model in their lives to help counteract the influence. If your kids are watching this stuff you really have to have a conversation about why they are acting like this on stage. Odds are you can’t keep them from seeing this sort of stuff because it’s just all over the place. For me, I didn’t let them watch MTV or VH1 when they were young although I am sure they watched it at friends houses. I always stated my disapproval of it but allowed them to express their opinions as well. It was tricky when they were young. Basically I found that a parent’s influence is greater than the influence of what they see on tv. You just have to keep talking about it. KIDS DON’T RAISE THEMSELVES. Sorry for the soapbox lecture.

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