Less than a week before the Video Music Awards, the Parents Television Council has called on MTV to avoid another "public relations kerfuffle." In a letter from PTC president Tim Winter to Janet Borelli, senor vp standards and practices at MTV Networks/Viacom Media Networks, and copied to the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board, the conservative watchdog group reminded the network of how they blasted last year's scandalous moments, including the teddy-bear-and-twerk-filled performance by Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke.
"Parents and families around the country have had ample reason to be concerned about the material distributed and promoted by MTV over the years, particularly during MTV's original programming.
"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. Even more troubling was … that MTV still applied a TV-14 rating to the program, despite other adult-oriented performances and advertising messages. Such a rating was simply unacceptable to the families who depend on the television ratings system to be applied accurately and to the millions of families whose children are marketed to by MTV. The 2013 VMAs were a public relations kerfuffle for your network that I feel certain you will not wish to repeat."
This year's show, broadcasting live from Inglewood, Calif.'s renovated venue The Forum, is set to include performances by Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea, Maroon 5, Usher, Ariana Grande and 5 Seconds of Summer.