Rutherford Institute Issues Commentary on Miley Cyrus Performance
Miley Cyrus. Photo courtesy of MTV Video Music Awards.
Pop star Miley Cyrus' live-stage performance on the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday included simulations of sex acts and a provocative dance known as twerking. Now, in a commentary released Tuesday, a Charlottesville-based civil liberties group relates her performance to the "pornification' of America.
Tuesday the Parents Television Council blamed the network for sexually exploiting young women. Rutherford Institute founder John Whitehead is getting into the fray on this national discussion, saying children, kids and teens model what they see from performers, post it on social media, and become targets for predators.
Whitehead says kids and teens model what they see from pop culture and that puts them at risk in what he calls a ‘peeping Tom society.'
Whitehead is making a connection between the pop star's sexually charged performance and a Nelson County teen's disappearance. He says 20-year-old Miley Cyrus' performance reminded him of Twitter videos of twerking posted by missing Nelson County teen Alexis Murphy.
"One of the problems I see with some of the videos of the Alexis Murphy Twitter feed, where she was doing twerking, it sends a message to sexual predators out there - it's an invitation," Whitehead stated.
Whitehead says kids and teens are too young and vulnerable to understand that predators can view their social media posts as an invitation. He argues that performances like Cyrus' turn women into objects for male aggression.
He also blames money-hungry corporations for encouraging these music acts to sell sex to younger audiences.
Click here to read Whitehead's weekly commentary, "Miley Cyrus and the Pornification of America."
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