On Tuesday, Miley Cyrus announced she would be hosting the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. Now two days later, the Parents Television Council has responded to the news—and they're not pleased.
“MTV’s choice of Miley Cyrus as host for its annual Video Music Awards show makes clear the network’s intentions as to what kind of program it intends to air,” PTC President Tim Winter said in a statement released on Wednesday. “ If MTV cannot guarantee that the program will be suitable for children, then the network must – must – rate the show TV-MA. Assigning any lower age-rating constitutes an express message to parents, and to corporate sponsors, that the program will be free of explicit material.”
Speaking to Gossip Cop , Winter went on to say that the ceremony will probably be “very profane, very sexually explicit” and not safe for children to watch.
This isn’t the first time television’s self-declared watchdog (“because children are watching”) has taken issue with the “Hannah Montana” star or the MTV Video Music Awards. Following Cyrus’ now infamous twerkfilled performance with Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV Music Awards, the Council said in a statement that her performance was more appropriate for a strip club than an awards show on basic cable. Last August, the PTC sent a letter to MTV asking them not to repeat “Mileygate.”
The other concern expressed in the PTC’s statement was that even if parents wanted to, they couldn’t unsubscribe from MTV. “Viacom is able to force-bundle MTV onto every cable and satellite subscription in the country, squeezing nearly 50¢ per month per customer – half a billion dollars per year – regardless whether they want MTV or not. It is high time for Congress, the FCC and the courts to end the cable cartel’s extortion-like scheme of forced network bundling,” Winter said.
The 2015 VMAs will air live Aug. 30 at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.