- Kanye interrupts Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech: I believe this was staged. I believe Kanye had thought about this ahead of time, what he would do if someone other than Beyonce won. I also believe he had something in mind if Beyonce had won. Taylor may not have been in on the staging, and her awareness of it was not necessary to pull it off.
- Madonna kisses Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera: Staged. This was clearly designed as a moment where Madonna passed the torch to her younger peers, while Britney and Christina acknowledged how they were influenced by the Material Girl.
- Eminem fighting Moby: Staged. All the world’s a stage, and Eminem is happy to play on it. He recently said he could have reacted differently. Duh. It was better to create a controversy at the time, and now it’s great to be able to say how dumb that was. Great acting, M.
Now, let me address an offshoot of this story: the notion that Disney programming is family friendly and safe. I’m not buying that. To me, their family programming lacks substance. If there was real substance, perhaps there would fewer, or zero, Miley Cyrus stripper shows, or Lindsey Lohan meltdowns.
Her performance on MTV reminds me of a wrestler who turns heel after switching leagues, like Hulk Hogan when he went to the WCW in the 1990′s. It’s all about entertainment and ratings. There is no substance whatsoever.
Nickelodeon, Disney’s main competitor on the cable sitcom for the teenage demographic front, has no pretense of being family friendly. Nothing is sacred on their sitcoms. There is barely a moral of a story. The spirit of the Gak is alive and well there. They just go for outrageous storylines and attract viewers, throwing stuff on to the screen and seeing what sticks.
Disney Channel, however, is just a long ad for their parks, cruise lines, movies, and other properties. The only “family” they care about is the Disney shareholder community. You’re just a visitor they want to sell something to. Miley is no longer a sales person or product for Disney, so she has taken her wares to MTV. She has her new skimpy uniform and she is performing her new job. No substance. Nothing personal. It’s just business.
If you’re looking for family values, look elsewhere.