Role Models Were Hard to Find at the 2011 VMAs

    MTV’s Video Music Awards that was televised this past weekend was a major eye-opener for me. I suddenly realized why many teens behave so badly. Why? It’s because the majority of their role models do — and they do it without shame or consequence.

    There was a time when an award show was treated with esteem, but I guess the VMAs is not worthy of it?

    First of all, whatever happened to formal wear? Was this not an award show? This event was more of a dress-down day. Even nominated artists chose to wear T-shirts and jeans. Nicki Minaj  – who should have opted for T-shirt and jeans – wore the most horrendous outfit I’ve ever seen. Katy Perry couldn’t even walk because of a ridiculous block she wore on her head.

    Looking at Lil Wayne’s underpants while listening to him perform was equally unbearable. I’m still trying to understand how it’s cool for your pants to fall down and your underwear to show?

    Swearing and rude gestures were also a norm at this event, even during acceptance speeches. I have no idea what Tyler, the Creator said after winning a new artist award. Every other word was censored and his mother was sitting in the audience watching.

    What an embarrassment. These are the people we get to choose from as role models? It’s a disgrace. Trust me, I could go on, but I think you get the idea.

    There were aspects of the show that I did enjoy, however. I loved Adele’s performance of “Someone Like You.” Bruno Mars’ tribute to Amy Winehouse was enjoyable. I pray he sticks to non-provocative songs from now on. He has a great talent.

    Justin Bieber’s show of gratitude to God and Jesus is always a pleasure to watch. I was also impressed with Britney Spears. After such a scandalous phase in her life, she seems to be back on track. She’s matured and she looked good. I loved that she thanked God, too, and mentioned her children. I pray that Britney looks to God as she continues on in her career.

    While watching the VMAs, I felt grateful for Christian and Country Music – I can’t wait for the CMAs in November. Overall, role models were definitely difficult to find at the VMAs this year, and I pray that teens will see the show as an example of how not to dress and behave in life!

    Do you wish there were more positive role models in the music industry?

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    T.M. Gaouette
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on and .


    1. Yeah I couldn’t believe the lack of rock musicians (or any musicians of real substance) there

      Dave Grohl was the only one (although Brian May the guitarist of Queen played with lady Gaga. Love Queen, hate Lady Gaga lol)

      Dave gave an inspiring speech – he said “I just want to say: Never lose faith in real rock and roll music, you know what I mean? Never lose faith in that. You might have to look a little harder, but it’s always going to be there.”

      Great speech. It gives us salvation instead of digitally produced over-commercialized pop music that is dominating the airwaves. Long live rock n’ roll!

    2. Great article! I agree, most of the people on the show weren’t such great role models. “someone like you” always bring me to tears although i’ve never been through what adele was singing about, haha, i guess music really speaks to me. I absolutely loved it when Justin Bieber thanked God and Jesus. I didn’t watch most of the show, because it was full of all these weird people. but i kept checking on it because of the hunger games movie teaser 🙂

      • I am a Christian, and I LOVE Harry Potter!!! I don’t think Jesus cares about us reading or watching it because it is only fantasy, and as long as we dont start believing that stuff exists, youre good. Its basically just a harmless fairytale as long as your not one of those crazed fans lol.

        • kk……….. it’s i just wondered what was goin on with people who created the site, and what they think is the right thing….. i agree, but i just wanna make sure i guess

        • Amen! haha HP is a great story, and the movies are really good considering they’re book adaptations, as long as you don’t suddenly think all the magic is real, and you still love God&Jesus, I don’t see how they could be a problem…what she ^ said 🙂

      • I am not allowed to see these movies because of the sorcery in them. My parents believe that if the people are getting their powers from other gods or evil spirits or other things,it is not something I should be watching. It’s just an opinion,but I kinda agree with them.

    3. That’s exactly why I prefer to watch Korean award shows, because they are actually grateful for be recognized as a good artist instead of thinking that they deserve it. And swearing like that will get you kicked out of the business; they want to keep their kids from turning out that way.

    4. I agree! Watching Lil’ Wayne I seriously wondered why people even listen to him! And I agree about the Brittney thing, she seems to be more on track, she even denied more public attention by denying Gaga’s attempt at kissing her! Which I thought was a big step for her!

    5. No offense or anything but musically talented people aren’t the ONLY role models out there! In fact, I personally think there aren’t very many to look up to as far as being in the music industry, but I also think we should look up to God not other people. Why would we want to be like someone else? We don’t want to idolize them. Good article though! I enjoyed it, and agree completely! Even though I don’t have Cable Television, I think MTV is garbage!

      • Oh, Whoops! Sorry! I knew that. Made the fix. Regarding how you dress, it actually says a lot about you. Do you know that many people actually go to job interviews in shorts and flip flops? Many teens do look up to these people, sorry to say, dress like them, and maintain an indifferent attitude that says they don’t care what people think. I’m not saying that people’s opinions should define you, I’m saying that you should understand what’s appropriate at what time, while maintaining high standards of personal appearance and behavior…i.e. glorify God in everything you say and do. God bless you.

    6. The Do Something Awards were much more entertaining and fulfilling. I didn’t even watch these VMAs. They don’t do me any good. I watch a clip of demi lovato presenting an award and some rude comment from Katy Perry on YouTube though. I prefer the Do Something awards because celebrities and regular people get acknowledged for big things. I felt INSPIRED by the Do Something Awards. I plan on volunteering a lot now and helping make changes on my campus. What did I get from the VMAs? Nothing that made me feel good. Lol.

    7. I know it is a good thing to look up to good role models, but it is also good to see how bad role models conduct themselves,too. If you are totally blocked off from the way people act in reality, you may not see the evil in their work and how society reacts to them. It is also fun to look for gems in the industry,too.

    8. I know that most people would disagree with me, but I think it’s kinda cool the way they dress. I mean, a lot of the time its not really appropriate to wear in public, but the crazy outifts they wear to the VMAs show their creativity.

    9. The pants hanging down trend has to do with convicts. When someone goes to jail, there belts are taken away so they don’t use the as weapons or try to hang themselves. After someone is released from jail, they have no belt, so there pants hang down. Some rapper copied this and left his belt at home to look like a tough guy who just got out of jail. Most people blindly copy this trend without knowing where it comes from.

    10. OK I COMPLETELY AGREE with this entire article. This was my FIRST TIME EVER watching the VMAs and I was both horrified and disgusted. I had to leave the room when Lady Gaga (or her “alter ego” I should say) tried to kiss Britney Spears. THANK GOD Britney didn’t really buy into it. And I was very freaked out by Lady Gaga as the opening act. I swear she was stoned or drunk or high or something. The only things I like about the VMAs were Adele and the Amy Winehouse tribute. Other than that, I can honestly say I won’t watch the VMAs EVER again.

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