More Powerful Than Pundits

Much has been made of Miley Cyrus’s recent train wreck of a performance at the VMA’s Sunday night. Head shaking, name calling, open letters admonishing the youth not to follow in these footsteps.

What I can’t help but wonder is, how can everyone who participates in this circus not know that they’re part of the problem? My bet is, she had little to do with the choreography and was instructed to behave as such by someone who stood to make money from the boost in attention and ratings. You know someone has to be making money off all the replays, which in a sense means Miley’s performance was a raging success.

The only way to discourage kids and teens not to behave in such a manner (and when I say, “such a manner” I’m also referring to the behavior of almost everyone on reality television as well) is to refuse to pay attention to it. Don’t click on articles about it, don’t watch videos about it, don’t talk about it. My guess is celebrities will stop the nonsense as soon as it stops being lucrative.

I don’t think the chin wagging and open letters accomplish anything, really. All kids and teens will see is how much attention people are paying to this kind of behavior, and realize that this is the kind of thing that gets noticed. Nobody is praising the celebrities who graduate with honors from Ivy League schools, but for the girl in a plastic bikini? Endless coverage.

Imagine how amazing it would have been if, instead of sitting there and squirming uncomfortably in their seats, everyone in the auditorium just stood up and left. If the next day, there wasn’t any mention of the lewd dancing. If Miley woke up after compromising her morals and realized no one cared. If she saw instead that celebrities were being commended for acts of philanthropy.

Wouldn’t that send a more powerful message than anything any pundit could ever say?