Music & Culture
Role Models Were Hard to Find at the 2011 VMAs
Written by T.M. Gaouette | August 30, 2011
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!