Parents Television Council Is Still Not Happy With the VMAs

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The biggest group of killjoys in America are still disappointed in MTV and the Video Music Awards. The Parents Television Council predictably kept their hands firmly gripped on their pearls throughout last night's show.


It seems that this year was was certainly a step up, decency-wise, from last year, but it still wasn't wholesome enough for the PTC and their 14 year-olds who probably continue to be homeschooled against their will.

"MTV seemed to have toned down the VMA broadcast this year — at least compared to last year's cringe-inducing mess. The MTV broadcast standards team effectively muted out the most explicit profanity, and for that we are grateful," said Tim Winter, president of the PTC and the organization's "4 Every Girl" Campaign, which seeks to call attention to and reverse the sexualized media messages that are having a devastating impact on young girls.

Grateful! Tim Winter is oh so grateful that his children didn't have to hear the exact same language they hear every single day in the school lunchroom during the VMAs. It's a censorship miracle, Winter added.

"It is perplexing that a performance would include, on the one hand, strong, positive written messages above the stage about honoring and respecting young women and ending gender-based double-standards; while on the other hand the female performers are on stripper poles with backup dancers in flesh-toned bikinis, and with female backup dancers wearing next to nothing while the males performers are mostly clothed."

Whatever, dude. Those were adult women making adult choices while performing on a program for adults. Also, there were barely any male performers because the 2014 VMAs were all about the ladies doing whatever the hell they wanted.

Seems like that letter of concern they sent to MTV didn't quite do the trick.

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Not everything on television is or needs to be for children. Label it clearly. Make sure there's some good quality stuff available for younger kids (Parents Television Council maybe needs to get on that, because from what I can see, kids' television has kind of gone down the tubes). Then let the adults watch things made for us - and the VMAs are definitely made for us. Even clueless Katy Perry gets that the person who cares about the VMAs is old enough to remember Britney's denim dress.