There were a lot of people freaking out about the performance Miley Cyrus gave at VMAs on Sunday night. It seemed many were outraged regardless of their moral compass. Most thought her performance was not just poorly executed, but vulgar and gross. I certainly was not a fan of Miley’s efforts the other night. But I found the outrage interesting.
As I sat in my living room on Sunday night at 11:30, I began to reflect on all the social media buzz surrounding good ol’ Hannah Montana. I had many thoughts. Some specifically about her. I felt bummed that she had such a unique childhood that very few could relate to and know what to do with. I felt bad that she was trying so hard to leave this image that was not a bad thing and actually helped shaped young girls in the right direction. I wondered about her parents and what they thought. There were other thoughts.
But here was the big thought: Why are so many outraged? We live in a culture that has decided to sexualize everything. Morals have become completely relative. We do let young girls dress how ever they want. We post pictures of scantily dressed girls all across social media every day. Every club and bar is full of college girls who dance exactly the way she did. I found myself in some ways more frustrated with our culture than Miley. We are giant hypocrites. You can’t, but I can. I will, but no one will know because it is not on MTV. That is wrong, but you can not tell me I am wrong. Be as sexual as you want, but not that sexual.
It drove me to a interesting line of questions – What standard do you personally use to score the moral content of something? What makes your standard right?
It seems almost everyone holds to right and wrong. It also seems that for most that standard is some cornucopia collection of thoughts from grandma, your fraternity, church, the latest best-seller, a freshman philosophy prof, your girlfriend and your own thoughts. And let’s be honest, that standard will not hold weight if you are intellectually honest. And, if you get to create that standard, so does Miley.