Madonna to Miley: How far we’ve fallen
By now we’ve all seen the video of Miley Cyrus bringing one of the most amazingly awkward moments in the entire history of television. Even MTV is having trouble justifying that uncomfortable six minutes that somehow managed to reach far beyond a term like “train wreck.” However, while there was nothing of worth that came from the music lip-synced by Ms. Cyrus, her “can’t unsee” performance does allow the world a very clear perspective on how far we’ve come as a society in the past few decades; or more to the point, how far we’ve fallen.
Consider the fact that at the first MTV Video Music Awards in 1984, Madonna’s legendary performance of “Like A Virgin,” where she rolled around on the floor in a rather suggestive manner created an outrage in the conservative community. They felt that the mere insinuation of such acts was beyond inappropriate, especially for the networks target audience. Yet in the new case of Miss Cyrus, she stopped just short of showing the world her “OH!” face and needing to change costumes, and strangely, the overall reaction from conservative voices seems no more offended than their predecessors 3 decades ago.
Have we lowered our standards and been so desensitized over the years that the two performances are on equal footing in terms of salaciousness? Anyone who sees both videos can easily see the massive difference in the two, and yet when you compare the outcry from both, they are disturbingly similar, leaving no other conclusion than the sad reality that as a society, we have in fact been so over-stimulated that Miley’s soft-core attention-fest the other night has been received in the same manner as Madonna’s comparatively subtle act in 1984.
This is by no means placing the two singers on the same musical plane, as Madonna has always been a musician first, and a performer second, where in the case of Miley Cyrus, you can easily see her VMA moment as the perfect audition tape for the next season of Intervention.