Nicki Minaj is scheduled to perform at Sunday’s VMAs, but the Parents Television Council is already concerned about what the “Anaconda” artist might bring to the stage.
In a letter, dated August 15, the PTC didn’t specifically mention Nicki, whose risqué music video was released earlier this week. Instead, President Timothy F. Winter referenced last year’s performance by Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke.
“While last year’s Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke performance garnered most of the headlines after the fact, the sexually charged and otherwise inappropriate content of the show was not limited to them,” read the letter that took issue with the show’s PG-13 equivalent rating.
However, since the release of the “Anaconda” music video, which includes lots of derrieres and a lap dance, Nicki is topping the list as one of the primary potential offenders.
“She is probably going to be turning out a very highly sexualized performance,” PTC spokeswoman Melissa Henson told “Entertainment Tonight” about Nicki.
The PTC is also curious about what Beyoncé will bring to the stage. Her Grammy Awards performance received a lot of criticism for being too suggestive. Some are expecting the two to offer up their “Flawless” collaboration for the VMA audience.
Though the PTC takes issues with the ladies’ imagery, Melissa acknowledged that their lyrics can be uplifting at times.
“On the one hand, a lot of the lyrical content…is very empowering for girls, but at the same time, she’s sort of undermining those empowerment messages by self-sexualizing,“ Melissa reasoned.
Despite their concerns, the PTC isn’t requesting that the artists tone down their expression. Instead, the organization just wants a TV-MA rating that would discourage viewers under 17 from tuning in.
“They have consistently highly sexualized content on the VMAs, yet they continue to rate the program as appropriate for a 14 year old,” said Melissa. “It’s really about selling sex, and it’s selling sex to 12 and 13, 14-year-old girls.”
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