I wrote my thoughts about the entire thing in my blog yesterday
The thing that I keep coming back to about the performance isn’t the overtly sexual pieces — I think that sex and music are intertwined in a variety of ways and I really don’t have a problem with anyone expressing themselves in the manner they choose. I think that, in general, Americans are kinda prude — and the VMA’s are basically the only program that exists these days to showcase pop-music to the general population (a problem in itself). Now, combined with that, we have to realize that a good portion of those watching have seen Miley Cyrus grow up from a tween star. And, having grown up with that TV version star - the image she had then is incongruent with the person she is now. Part of me wants to blame this idea in pop-culture that to stay relevant and famous one needs to always “reinvent” their image — constantly be changing. And when I think about that, I realize I come to the crux of my eye-rolling: I just don’t find any of it very genuine. It’s all plastic, generic, feigned emotion.