As always, significant cultural events reveal significant things about our culture. MTV's recent Video Music Awards were no exception. In the midst of MTV’s glittery ode to itself, Miley Cyrus hijacked twitter for a while, and for good reason: her performance was incredibly inappropriate. In an industry that prides itself on pushing the envelope, she managed to shock almost everyone.
When I saw the footage the next day, I felt embarrassed for Miley. The desperation and emptiness in her performance was heart-breaking. On the one hand, I am encouraged that so many people were bothered by what she did. On the other hand, I am puzzled by the duplicity of the uproar, specifically from those in the entertainment industry. After all, she just did what her song said she wanted to do.
Here is what the VMA’s celebrated and Miley brought to life in "We Can't Stop":