Despite Britney Spears grabbing G-Eazy’s crotch and Kanye West premiering a nearly pornographic music video, the Parents Television Council thought that Sunday night’s MTV VMAs were “tamer” than in years past. OK then.
The award show was “a vast improvement over past VMAs, but still falls far short of what it could be as a celebration of music and talent, instead of a study in who can be most outrageous,” Melissa Henson, program director for the PTC, told Gossip Cop in a statement on Monday.
Henson added that the show was at times confusing and particularly contradictory, especially when it came to presenters’ messages and certain performances.
“On the one hand, you had these outstanding women athletes from the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team and they’re up there praising the female performers for being strong positive role models for women,” she said. “But when you watch the performances, there’s a lot of self-objectification, self-sexualization going on.”
Henson acknowledged that two particular moments ― Britney’s “disheartening” crotch-grab and the naked shower scene in Kanye’s “Fade” video ― stood out from the show as inappropriate, despite MTV mainly playing it safe.
We’ll just keep this on repeat: