Controversy in Music

 

Source: Then and now photos

Ever since 2012 Miley Cyrus has been a walking headline. With daring outfits, performances, and lyrics, she is not the same girl that many of us grew up with on Disney’s Hannah Montana. She has made countless provocative decisions highlighted by her dancing on Robin Thicke at the 2013 VMA’s. While some were shocked and outraged by her act, MTV realized the opportunity they had with her and decided to bring her back, this time to host the Video Music Awards in 2015. It was everything MTV could have asked for, millions tuned in to see what Miley Cyrus would wear, say and do. Here are just some of the events that took place during August 30, 2015 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angelas, California.

While the Video Music Awards are certainly not the Oscars, or the Golden Globes, the Video Music Awards is a meaningful event for artists around the world and it is thought that a host should hold themselves to a high standard while generating some laughs and entertainment. Miley decided to completely avoid the standard part, cursing throughout the show multiple times without any regard to who some of the people watching at home would be. Now, this is certainly not the first time someone has cursed on live television, it may be the first time someone has cursed that much on live television. In a world where people look up to celebrities, Miley Cyrus used to be someone that parents could approve of if their child decided to look up to her. Now, parents have to hide Miley from their kids.

Miley Cyrus also ate a marijuana brownie with Snoop Dogg, an American rapper famous for smoking marijuana. California legalized medical marijuana in 1996, however has not legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Marijuana is also still federally illegal, so while there was no concrete proof that the brownie had marijuana in it, for Miley Cyrus to say that she was eating a marijuana brownie with Snoop Dogg on national television was bold to say the least. Marijuana is still frowned upon in society even if some states have legalized it, the marijuana taboo still exists. Even though cigarettes are looked down on in America after the marketing campaign that took place in the early 2000s, cigarettes have less of a stigma than marijuana does. Marijuana is looked at as a gateway drug and something that bad people do. For Miley to admit that she was smoking marijuana on national television was either a huge stunt by MTV to get people talking, something to try and loosen the stigma on marijuana or just Miley being Miley and doing whatever she wants to do to try and further herself from the Disney, can do no wrong, innocent little girl Miley.

2015 had a lot of controversial instances in the music industry. There were plenty of feuds, controversial lyrics and people doing whatever they wanted to get their name out. It goes to show than in that industry, people believe that regardless of the story, publicity is publicity and it can help their career.

 

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