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Parents Television Council officials upset by racy MTV VMA performances

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Officials at the Parents Television Council have blasted MTV producers for airing "unacceptable" performances from Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga at the Video Music Awards on Sunday.

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Former child star Cyrus shocked viewers by stripping down to cavort onstage with Robin Thicke, while Gaga bared her backside in a thong during her performance of new song "Applause," which opened the ceremony at the Barclays Center in New York.

The two performances have upset conservative PTC bosses, who state, "MTV has once again succeeded in marketing sexually charged messages to young children using former child stars... while falsely rating this program as appropriate for kids as young as 14. This is unacceptable."

PTC director of public policy Dan Isett adds, "MTV marketed adults-only material to children while falsely manipulating the content rating to make parents think the content was safe for their children.

"MTV continues to sexually exploit young women by promoting acts that incorporate 'twerking' in a nude-colored bikini. How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14 year olds?"

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A PTC advisory board member adds, "The Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke performance simply substituted talent with sex ... While the performance was shocking to the audience, MTV approved it during the show run prior to the broadcast. Heads should roll at MTV."