Parents Television Council director of public policy Dan Isett says Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards were not only inappropriate for children, but yet again exploited women, including Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga.
"MTV has once again succeeded in marketing sexually charged messages to young children using former child stars and condom commercials while falsely rating this program as appropriate for kids as young as 14. This is unacceptable," Dan Isett offered in a harsh statement aimed at several parties this week. "This much is absolutely clear: MTV marketed adults-only material to children while falsely manipulating the content rating to make parents think the content was safe for their children. MTV continues to sexually exploit young women by promoting acts that incorporate 'twerking' in a nude-colored bikini. How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds? How is it appropriate for children to watch Lady Gaga strip down to a bikini in the opening act? How is it appropriate for 14-year-olds to see a condom commercial and a promo for an R-rated movie during the first commercial break?"
According to Isett, this is yet another reason why parents should be given the opportunity to purchase only channels that this wish to have and not be forced to carry networks like MTV.
"We urge Congress to pass the Television Consumer Freedom Act, which will give parents and consumers a real solution for future MTV VMA programs — the ability to choose and pay for cable networks that they want vs. having to pay for networks they don't want. After MTV's display last night, it's time to give control back to consumers," he added.
This year's response to the MTV Video Music Awards is not new when it comes to the Parents Television Council. They have, in the past, criticized MTV over programming that they deem not suitable for children and have slammed the network for pushing the envelope just because they are on cable and not broadcast.