Miley Cyrus performace raises eyebrows

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 6:07 pm

SARASOTA--The song may be called "Blurred Lines," but the reaction from many has been crystal clear.

"I was completely shocked," said one woman.

"I was just kind of like why are you doing this on live TV?" asked a girl who had watched the performance live.

Sunday night's MTV video music awards saw pop star Miley Cyrus parading around in next to nothing, dancing suggestively with teddy bears, and groping singer Robin Thicke.

"It was way too much, it did not work she's changed a lot," said one woman.

Changes that were giving everyone quite an eyeful.

"The earliest I would want children to even be exposed to that is high school but of course middle school and maybe even elementary school kids are going to see it," said child psychologist Dr. Emily Sheets, who adds that younger kids may have trouble processing a display like this. Especially when the line between innocent and inappropriate is, well, blurred.

"The juxtaposition of the teddy bears with the....sexual acting out kinds of behaviors," said Sheets, "kids have to cope with blurred lines all the time, in blended families, in media messages versus parent messages."

Sheets says parents should take the opportunity to sit down with their kids, and talk about what they say saw. And be prepared to answer any questions their child may have.

"If you don't intervene, that media influence can take over," said Sheets.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

SUBMIT PHOTOS & VIDEOS | VIEW ALL PHOTOS & VIDEOS

Send your photos & videos to Pix@MySuncoast.com and you could be featured on ABC 7 & our website.