When I got home this evening from work, little did I know my heart was going to be broken by the image of a young woman who has given herself over to the entertainment industry’s insatiable desire to shock.
The Video Music Awards were aired last night.
I have never bothered to watch the VMA’s (or any awards shows really) but I’ve certainly heard how in recent years the show has rather outdone itself in pushing the envelope in crude. Sadly, this is not much of a surprise in the hyper-sexualized culture within which we live. But I must admit, the video which my husband shared with me (and the post which my agent Rebeca Seitz shared on her blog) of Miley Cyrus’ performance breaks my heart.
She breaks my heart.
Miley Cyrus, a talented young person who as far as last night’s performance is concerned, has thoroughly debased the very core of who she is–a beautiful woman created in the image of God. Watching the short video (which I do not recommend unless you like watching a train wreck) from Miley’s VMA performance was literally painful.
Don’t even ask me what the imagery (teddy bears of all things while dancing in a sexual manner alone and then with a male performer) can only be described as lewd and perverse. All I can think of are the little girls who used to watch her when she was “Hannah Montana” and believe she has chosen an extreme manner with which to distance herself from a more innocent image.
Whatever the case, the message being screamed through this whole debacle is on point with what society has been preaching for over twenty years:
- Sex sells.
- Push the boundaries.
- A woman’s value is determined by how she uses her body to please a man.
Oh sure. People at the VMA’s reacted with (justified) shock. Miley Cyrus has been blasted from one end of the entertainment industry and blog-o-sphere to the other. But personally, I think Rebeca has the right idea. Rather than castigating this young woman, befriend her. Embrace her where she is right now (for all I know she came up with that disturbing performance on her own), while praying there are people in her life who can take her aside and tell her the truth:
She is beautiful.
She is talented.
She is created in God’s image and should honor her body.
She is so much more valuable than what society now expects from women as “entertainment”.
And I pray more young women (and men) will begin to understand the current message being touted by the entertainment industry is not one of empowerment but one of degradation, and a worldview which places them at extreme risk.
Further more, I pray more will come to embrace the example of other young people who will (most likely) never perform before millions, but give of themselves every day to help impressionable teens and kids find everything they need in God.