Not Just Another Miley Cyrus Commentary

8024529_sIn our house, our television viewing is pretty much limited to watching DVD’s and “MeTV” which is a channel that replays old television shows like “Gunsmoke,” “Perry Mason,” “The Donna Reed Show,” and “Leave it to Beaver.”  So I knew nothing about the recent fiasco surrounding Miley Cyrus and her performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards until I began seeing a plethora of articles about what took place.

Miley Cyrus was wrong.  Her immodesty and her simulation of sex acts on stage are indefensible.  She’s made herself an easy target for national media pundits as well as preachers and youth ministers through social media.  While I haven’t watched the video of the performance, I have read what happened and seen still shots splashed online through news outlets.  Like I said, she’s made herself an easy target.  And while I no way endorse what she has done, I want to redirect our attention from her to another “wrong” that seems to be overlooked.

Weren’t there other performers on stage?  Male performers?  Where are the articles condemning their participation in simulated sex on stage?  Is it simply because they aren’t as well-known?  Or could it be that we have unwittingly adopted a double standard with regard to sexual purity?  Could it be that we hold our daughters to a higher standard than our sons?

I don’t know the answer to that, but it’s worth considering.  However, I do know that if we hold a double standard with regard to sexual purity, we need to change the way we think.  The apostle Peter said, to both men and women, “…abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11).  Give it some thought.

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  • It really bothers me too that we are being desensitized to all the garbage on TV and the movies. Miley was WAY OUT OF LINE ~ but like you said..she is a “star” and got away with doing that. They say that during rehearsal she didn’t do all those awful sexual acts..so it was a surprise to everyone. Surprise or not..it was TERRIBLY WRONG and how can Christian parents go up against all the trash out there in the public…even in our schools…there is so much trash and language. Teach them young…and hopefully with God’s help they will know the truth and it will set them free. Keep preaching the truth Steve…I enjoy your blogs…I pray for this country so many times during the day…the devil is having a HAYDAY!! Love you brother ((((hugs))))

  • There have always been double standards between the sexes. Remember in high school? If a girl fooled around she had a whole list of names (none of them nice) associated with her. But let a guy do the same thing and “hes the MAN! High Five!!” I never understood it either. To me it is as broad as it is tall.
    As for Miley, she caught the heat because at one time she was a role model for young girls world wide. Now she acts like, who was that other girl….Britney someone..? It is bad that she did it, but look deeper and see if her “producers, handlers, agents, what have you, didn’t have something to do with putting her on that path. Our children don’t need role models who behave like that. We need more God in the home and less sex on TV!
    Sign me
    Connie Mays Gilbert!

  • The two male artist onstage were not aware that she was going to do all of her “dance moves.” So what were they supposed to do push her away and stop the performance to say stop? I didn’t mean that to sound mean, but there really is no blame that should be directed towards them. Miley ended up getting exactly what she wanted though more attention.

  • I wish you were joking, but I’m afraid you’re not. You have demonstrated precisely the reason I wrote this article. You stated that the other men on stage should have “no blame directed towards them.” You asked, should that have pushed her away? YES! Should they have stopped the performance? YES! Better yet, they should have never placed themselves in that situation in the first place. While they may not have known some particulars, are you trying to tell me they never rehearsed prior to the performance? They didn’t know the stage would have other dancers half dressed? They didn’t know the sinful lyrics of the song they were singing? If anyone on that stage was interested in doing what was right, they wouldn’t have been on that stage that night. The song wasn’t right. The dress wasn’t right. The dancing wasn’t right. And their actions weren’t right. No, blame? Quite the contrary. There’s more than enough blame to go around.

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