Without having subjected myself to an entire view of this weekend’s most scandalous VMA performance, between the photos, the replies, the tweets and the articles, it’s safe to say that I’ve got a fairly good idea of the shenanigans that took place.
And by shenanigans, I mean the raw, immodest and crude visual display put on by Miley Cyrus.
So what’s there to envy of the former Hannah Montana?
Well, to be blunt, the quick criticisms.
By and large, we Americans live in a culture that is petrified to admit when we hold ourselves to a standard or perhaps have limits to what we might deem entertainment.
What if my standard implies that I somehow think less of someone with a different standard?
What if my limit implies that I believe you’re crossing a moral line?
Quick! Run and hide! Someone might think I’m – *gasp* – judgmental!
So why do I envy Miley?
Look what she did! She “broke” America. For a brief minute, she emboldened all of us to come out of our politically correct boxes and admit that we have an opinion about entertainment standards.
Be it publicly or privately, every day I make stupid decisions. Oh, how I wish that I was held accountable so quickly and so loudly as Miley’s been! Oh, how my prideful, self-justifying heart could use the harshness of a thousand tweets to point out the log that is in my eye. Too often I prance around in the comfort of my own mind, resting happily in the false peace that I’m “just fine.”
And while, yes, perhaps I’m “relatively” good, I’m not “absolutely” good. I might not be shakin’ it on stage, but give me ten minutes and I’m wagging some kind of stupid in somebody’s face.
Mustering the gusto that we have when expressing our shock and horror towards a distant celebrity, please hold me accountable for my sin with that same boldness. Don’t coddle me. Cut out the gray and go ahead and see in black and white. I can take it. Use sarcasm. Roll your eyes.
At least Miley’s got a jumbo 360º mirror being held up to point out the obvious. Too often I turn away from the mirror, forgetting what I’ve just seen, instantly oblivious to the mess still smeared all over my face.
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
~First Chapter of James