Should Britney cover up?
Media watchdog group the Parents Television Council is chastising MTV’s VMAs for “sexualizing” women.
While the PTC gave some rare props to the show (it’s a frequent target of criticism from the organization) for being “less explicit than VMA broadcasts in recent years,” the group still took aim at the telecast for its depiction of women.
“Viacom and MTV need to make a pivotal choice about the sexualization of women: either they must decide that it is good, or they must decide that it is bad,” said PTC President Tim Winter. “Sadly, last night’s program contained concerning levels of sexualization throughout the night. When you have the juxtaposition of the U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team and their positive image of what’s healthy and right, contrasted with the sexualizing content that was so pervasive on the rest of the program, MTV is sending starkly-conflicting messages about what is important. So MTV, which one is it?”
When asked what, in particular, was sexualizing women in the telecast, at PTC spokesperson cited Spears’ outfit (compared to G-Eazy’s, noting that he was “totally covered up”), and noted “many of the female costumes revealed part of or most of their buttocks.” Kanye West’s racy new music video, which debuted during the broadcast, was also cited.
Of course, humans are sexual beings. And Spears is 34-year-old performer in a medium where sexy outfits are encouraged. We can only imagine Spears’ reaction to being told to put on more clothes (“Make Me”!).
If you have strong opinion or curiosity about the PTC, see our in-depth interview with Winter from 2014, where we therapeutically hashed out all our feelings on the topic of their protests. Meanwhile, you can watch Spears’ performance for yourself below and get judgey, or not.