I watched and cringed -- along with many others, if my Twitter and Facebook feeds are any indication -- as
Miley Cyrus writhed and stripped and defiled an oversized foam finger on the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night.
I fully acknowledge that I'm not exactly her target demographic, although I do have some of her music on my
iTunes, including the song she did last night. And I've been slammed in the past when I've taken issue with Miley. I believe one of my critics indicated that I'm a bitter, old shrew who is jealous of the young, beautiful Miley.
But really? I'm just a parent whose instinct was to shout at her to put her tongue back in her mouth and put some clothes on.
I don't like the trend of more and more young female celebrities, including Rihanna,
Lady Gaga and of course the artist formerly known as Hannah Montana, thinking the best way to get attention is to take off their clothes. These are talented young women, but they seem more interested in shock value than anything else.
Miley might find as she tries to shed her old Hannah Montana persona that she is going too far. There are plenty of other young stars out there, such as
Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez, who can get attention without the raunchy act.