MTV VMAs: A Sexual Retrospective

Jena Ardell
We're not sure why parents are in an uproar over Miley's VMA performance since sexual content has been a staple on MTV for over twenty years. Let's look back on controversial VMA performances from twenty and ten years ago.

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1993: An androgynous Madonna kicked off the Video Music Awards wearing a tuxedo and top hat, performing a sexually suggestive routine for "Bye Bye Baby," which included choreographed lap dances with female backup dancers who were spanked during the routine.

2003: The Russian duo t.A.t.u. (who led people to believe they were lesbian lovers) performed "Not Gonna Get Us," which concluded with hoards of school girls stripping down to white panties and tank tops, kissing one another.

2013: A furry-friendly Miley Cyrus twerked against Robin Thicke while getting frisky with a foam hand. The ex-Disney star, who can't seem to keep her tongue in her mouth, has become a news spectacle. 'Did Miley's performance break her daddy's achy-breaky heart?' newscasters ask, prompting the public poll in on Twitter.

Not all famous musicians/pop stars are meant to be role models; they are products who sell products. Changing or blocking the channel, to shield underage eyes, is always an option for a concerned parent or clergyman. We'd allow our teen to watch the VMAs over reruns of 'Two and a Half Men', which at times, contains content that is even more inappropriate than a 20-something shaking her ass in a flesh-colored plastic bikini.

We think Miley was afraid to be upstaged by Lady Gaga, so she played all of her cards on the VMAs. Tongue outside of mouth, check. Face this close to another woman's ass, check. Pretending a foam finger was a penis, check. She's so 'edgy' it hurts, but her behavior wasn't exactly ground-breaking.

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