What In the World?!? – Response to 2014 VMAs
I knew I couldn’t handle watching the awards show live so I recorded it. I had to watch it in two sittings. My senses couldn’t take the show in just one. It can be difficult enough listening to lyrics that celebrate debauchery, but to watch the choreography that goes with it can be a bit much. I just finished watching it and feel like I need to take a shower. Yuck.
I don’t even know where to start. It was a parade of flesh. Specifically big bare booties. As in practically naked booties. I remember when Madonna rolling around on the floor in a wedding gown singing about sex made everyone gasp. In comparison, the women performing this year made Madonna in 1984 look like, well, THE Madonna.
As gratuitous as Nicki Minaj’s “dance” moves were, I was most offended by Beyonce’s performance. How can any woman prance on stage like a stripper, treating herself like an object, and dare to call herself a feminist? I’m not a huge fan of the feminist movement, especially what it’s become in mainstream media (future blog post). But I found her use of the word to be ridiculously hypocritical. Laughable, really. You don’t want to be exploited? Exploit yourself before someone else has the opportunity. You want to be in control? Use your body and your sex appeal to show ’em who’s boss. Yuck. And the adoration she received from the audience? Super yuck. The fact that her baby daughter was in the audience watching her mom on stage made me want to cry.
THIS is why I teach my 7 year old, and will do the same with the babies, that he is to treat EVERY girl as a lady, even if she doesn’t act like one. I remind him that he may be the only person to show a girl that she is special, not because he thinks so, but because God does.
THIS is why I feel called to work in ministry full time with girls ages 11 to 21. To walk alongside them and speak life and truth over them. “You are loved. You are beautiful. You are a princess, the daughter of the Most High. Your body is not your own. It is not yours to throw around like a piece of meat. You were made for more than this.”
Stepping off my soapbox now.
Did you watch the MTV Video Music Awards? If so, what did you think?