Push the envelope back

When will public stand up to culture's ceaseless vulgarity?

Miley Cyrus can frankly do whatever she wants with her own reputation. Sadly, she has. No amount of clean living will ever wipe away the disgusting images she created while blatantly simulating sex acts on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards this past week.

Even in a “gentlemen’s club,” the last place you’ll ever find a true gentleman, the Disney star’s tongue-swaying, bent-over, foam-finger-waving porn act would’ve been simply gross and low-class.

But on national television, even on teen-oriented MTV, it was a new low for Western society. If radical Muslims keep files, they’ve got one on why they hate the West, and Miley Cyrus is now their pin-up gal.

You may think it’s a non-issue, and we certainly tried to ignore it ourselves. But it and impending military action in the Mideast were the talk of the nation all last week. It was Syria and Cyrus. A foreign crisis and a domestic disaster.

The reason it’s important is twofold:

First, it’s a further hypersexualization of young girls, and don’t think for a minute there weren’t plenty tuned in. Seeing it on a national network, even a routinely crass cable outlet, many girls will take it as an endorsement or normalization of aberrant behavior – in public.

Second, it’s yet another landmark in the daily degradation of our corroding culture. With each new low, the entertainment industry, which sees you all as impossibly uptight anyway, must find a new way to shock and titillate. Cyrus has already mainstreamed “twerking.” We just can’t wait for the next big thing.

The kind of lewdness that used to be confined to the privacy of peepshows and the seamy back alleys of civilization is now streaming live not just into living rooms but into young malleable minds, compliments of the likes of Cyrus.

Time was, when parents would never have allowed such a thing, much less approve of it – but Cyrus’ singer-father Billy Ray happily sanctioned his daughter’s salaciousness, essentially passing out the dollar bills.

You can say all you want that no one has to watch this toxic trash, but the truth is many do – and they’re taking the rest of us with them, whether we watch or not. They’re debasing the currency of culture and, as with the devaluing of the dollar, the whole of society suffers.

They’re also tempting fate. Never before in history has so much of a nation’s cohort been at such risk of being ill-bred.

They keep pushing the envelope. When are we going to push back?

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