The Parents Television Council is known for criticizing shows that offer explicit content, so it’s not surprising that the group condemned Miley Cyrus’ performance at MTV’s Video Music Awards. But there’s another reason to take notice of the complaint, reports The New York Times’ Arts Beat.
Cyrus’ father, Billy Ray Cyrus, is on the group’s advisory board, the article points out.
Billy Ray Cyrus didn’t respond to requests for comment, but the country singer did write on Twitter what may be interpreted as a response to the mixed reaction to his daughter’s rump-shaking performance. "Thanking God for so many blessings tonight. Continue to pray for world peace. More love … less hate," he wrote.
While the MTV program was rated TV-14, meaning that the show would contain material inappropriate for kids under 14, the PTC argued that the network should have warned parents about allowing 14-year-olds to watch it without supervision, the story adds.
“MTV continues to sexually exploit young women by promoting acts that incorporate ‘twerking’ in a nude-colored bikini. How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds?” PTC spokesman Dan Isett said in a statement.
A spokeswoman for MTV said the network didn’t have comment on the criticism.