Many parents worry about the impact of Cyrus' performance on her young fans
Cyrus' VMA show another example of the sexualization of young girls, said some parents
Others argued that kids should not have been watching the VMAs in the first place
One upside to Cyrus' VMA appearance is that it may show strength, said one mom
Editor’s Note: Miley Cyrus kicked off her “Bangerz” concert tour just this month, and already she’s spanked a backup dancer, smooched fellow songstress Katy Perry and slid onto stage via a giant replica of her own tongue. Cyrus’ penchant for explicit performances has us at CNN Living wondering: Would you take your kids to see her tour, or is the former Hannah Montana persona non grata in your household? Share your opinion in the comments section and click through the gallery above to view photos from Miley’s career and her latest tour. Below is a column by CNN Parents’ Kelly Wallace on Cyrus’ eye-popping performance at the MTV Music Awards last summer.
My list of reasons why I’m glad my girls, ages 5 and 7, were too young to ever get into “Hannah Montana” grew exponentially longer after Miley Cyrus’ unforgettable “twerking” in a bra and undies at MTV’s Video Music Awards.
“Miley, what exactly were you thinking?” pretty much sums up the sentiment I heard from outraged moms and dads around the country who believe Cyrus, whose loyal fan base includes a huge chunk not yet old enough to drive, should know better.
“It’s a damn shame that Miley is doing this to herself, making a vulgar joke out of her talents and her beauty, but it’s a much bigger shame that she’s doing it to her young fans and other young people (who) see her in the media,” said Heidi Cardenas, a mom of two teenage boys, in response to a request for comment on CNN’s Facebook page.
“It’s the same thing as going to any street corner in America and selling herself for money,” said Cardenas.
“I have to instantly think that Miley does not either a) care what her younger fans think of her or b) hasn’t even bothered to think of what her actions (are) doing to her image,” said Larene Grady, a mom of two whose tween was “absolutely infatuated” with Cyrus but isn’t anymore.