By Jazmyn Matthews
If you haven’t watched or heard about what happened at the VMAs last Sunday I’m going to assume one of three things.
You don’t own a TV or you don’t have a cable (we’re broke college students so this isn’t a surprise in the slightest)
You forgot that they were on and didn’t watch it.
You have better things to do with your time.
I’m 99% sure it’s number 3.
The thing is, I had better things to do also but still decided to watch it, which is a mistake that I won’t make again.
I hate award shows. ALL of them.
They’re too long, there aren’t enough performances that I enjoy, and I can’t seem to focus on anything else when I’m actually watching them. In hindsight, I should’ve known that watching them would be a bust when I saw who the host was.
Miley Cyrus. The girl who brings controversy wherever she breathes.
She started off the show on my bad side when she came out wearing dreads. DREADS. Once again, she’s participating in cultural appropriation for a culture that she gives absolutely nothing to.
I think Miley has this belief in her head that she needs to shed off that Disney image that followed her around for years, and she needs to do every scandalous thing that she can.
Between you and me, I think it’s been a long time since anyone associated that girl with Disney Channel, and Walt Disney would probably roll over in his grave if anyone ever mentioned the two in the same sentence.
As if her dreads weren’t damage enough, her mention of drugs surpassed the level of inappropriate.
Drugs aren’t my cup of tea, and I would never encourage people to partake in them. But, I know that’s not everyone’s belief. I don’t think people care about her actually doing them; I just think they’re sick of hearing her talking about it.
Snoop Dogg (Lion? I’m not sure) is well-known for what he smokes, but his every fifth word isn’t ‘marijuana’ as Miley’s seems to be. It’s like she’s trying to prove something that her audience couldn’t be less concerned about.
Finally, one of the biggest things that she did was use the term “mammy” when referring to Snoop Dogg.
I’ve heard both sides of this argument. “It’s not racist; it’s a term used to refer to grandmothers in the south.”
Yes because everything said in the south should be considered okay.
The other side is: “It’s racist if you know where the term ‘mammy’ comes from.”
I do like to give people the benefit of the doubt. Maybe, just MAYBE she didn’t know the origin of the term and was just using it ignorantly. There isn’t a single part of me that believes that statement.
Even if it is true, and this is where the .1% comes in, why not educate yourself before saying it?
That was her problem in being not only a poor host but also blatantly ignorant. In my opinion, she was doing everything in her power to offend as many people as she possibly could. From the ratings, the hashtags, and the outraged tweets to MTV, she definitely succeeded.
It’s been a long time coming saying that enough is enough from Miley Cyrus and everyone like her. I’m not sure if it’s a lack of knowledge, care, or effort that comes with some of the comments and actions, but I think that we reached our breaking point a long time ago.
I don’t know about you, but I can deal without the eccentric outfits, poor attempts at “twerking”, and constant desire to offend.