Ray Comfort: Humanism is to Blame for Miley Cyrus’ Twerking

On his daily online show today, Ray Comfort explained how Miley Cyrus‘ provocative dance at the MTV Video Music Awards was the result of her godlessness.

Eric Dolan at Ray Story has the clip:

She has prostituted herself in the most horrible public fashion and brought shame to [her father] and dishonor [to her mother], and what for, you know? It’s just very sad…

This is the fruit of humanism… If you abandon the Scriptures and lose the fear of God you’re going to go into humanism and say that man isn’t sinful, he is basically good, and anyone who goes bad has gone off the rails of being good. But here, Miley Cyrus hasn’t had a bad background or a broken family, she’s a sinful heart who’s given herself to things that are sinful knowing that she will get applause from men.

Or maybe her religious beliefs had nothing to do with it, and she was just going over the top as performers often do at that awards show. For publicity. For her own amusement. For who-really-gives-a-damn.

Incidentally, we don’t even know if Cyrus is an atheist, but some of her tweets point in that direction:



About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GodVlogger?feature=mhee GodVlogger (on YouTube)

    Wow. I know atheists get a bad rap. But now we’re even being blamed for Miley Cyrus’ performance!?! Ugghhh.

    • Sweetredtele

      Feels good to get noticed. Usta just be Satan getting all the credit. We must be having an impact.

      • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

        Well, they do think atheists are secretly satan worshiping homicidal baby-eating heretics…

        • JohnnieCanuck

          Who hate God because He monitors us 24/7 to keep track of every sinful thought and deed.

          • Dragon

            To quote Chris Griffin. God is a pervert and i’m a sinner

    • Loic

      Really!! Bad enough that we are supposed to drink the blood of babies, but now this!

    • Jim Jones

      Come on! It was totes a homage to Jesus. She wanted to make sure her saviour had another resurrection. Who could miss that?

  • Mario Strada

    MC is trying to shed her Disney persona. I am not sure she is going about it the right way, but is her goddam decision.

    I think she is overcompensating a bit, but she is young and also, she presumably works with a choreographer and a bunch of other people. I strongly doubt she went on stage with a note written on the palm of her hand that said “gyrate vulgarly, repeat”.

    • islandbrewer

      I strongly doubt she went on stage with a note written on the palm of her hand that said “gyrate vulgarly, repeat”

      Of course not. Teleprompters.

      But anyway, why is this reported in the news at all?

      • Mackinz

        Because Ray Comfort’s daily “show” is not news. It’s comedy.

    • Frank Mitchell

      IIRC Billy Ray Cyrus once wrote that a stretch of highway adopted by an atheist group was a sign of Satan at work in the big city. If that’s characteristic of the sort of religion he espoused at home, I’m not surprised Miley Cyrus started “overcompensating”.

  • Matthew Baker

    She must have done something right given we are still talking about it two days later which is a lifetime in a pop culture world. Ray would only be happy if she dressed as a dower hausfrau and stood totally still behind a microphone for her whole performance.
    I wonder how much indignation Ray could muster for a Wendy O. Williams performance?

  • Paul Little

    Ray’s simply hitching his wagon to the biggest horse around. He’s using Miley to get some mileage for himself. God knows she’s got enough to go around. Oops, did I just say that out loud?

  • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw m6wg4bxw

    People admonished against an action with the threat of infinite torture are less likely to disobey. This is especially true when they recognize authority in the admonishment and penal prescription. Does this surprise anyone?

    The real issues are the credibility of said authority, and the actual harm caused by said action.

  • cryofly

    While Mr. Comfort might not be aware of it, I have seen the gods twerking. And Adam and Eve learnt the art of tweaking from the gods. I wholeheartedly appreciate Ms. Cyrus’ expounding of this godly cosmic dance. Only the godless heathens will not twerk. And they ought to be stoned.

    • Mackinz

      I’ll take the chronic if we ought to be stoned.

      • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

        *ears perk up*

        Someone said “chronic”?

        • ZenDruid

          Well, it’s 4:20 somewhere.

          • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

            I’ll smoke to that.

  • EvolutionKills

    Oh wow, look at that, Ray comfort being a little disingenuous turd to pander to his audience again!

    Color me surprised…

    • baal

      Up vote for that cat. It’s my favorite one ever. The combination of alarm and disappointment (dismay?) is great.

    • Tainda

      My daughter says I’m the human equivalent of Grumpy Cat lol

      My FB pic even has Grumpy Cat as Hellno Kitty

  • DougI

    He probably stroked a lot of bananas watching that performance.

  • Larry Meredith

    I could only wish it was because of humanism… mmm twerking Cyrus.

  • http://gadlaw.com gadlaw

    I stopped paying attention to young female performers who ‘go bad’ after Sheena Easton went from ‘Morning Train’ to ‘Sugar Walls’ – the shock was way too much for my tender heart and made it so I was never surprised after that. – Still haven’t watched the video from Hannah Montana Goes Bad Electric Boogaloo’

  • Andrew L

    but we know which worldview is responsible for Christian Contemporary Music.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Has anybody seen the shit I’m supposed give about Myley Cyrus or Ray Comfort’s opinion about her?

    I was clicking through the TV channels the other night while waiting for dinner to heat up in the microwave, and a giant teddy bear with weird sci fi eyes caught my attention. Its belly opened up, and out pranced a child in a bathing suit who danced around in what looked like either an homage, a spoof, or a rip-off of Madonna’s famous black lingerie number from many years ago. In a few seconds I lost interest and continued clicking through the channels.

    Now I learn that there’s a big controversy about her, her dancing, the state of morality in America, the decline of civilization, the imminent end of the world, and Ray Comfort’s very, very, very important weigh-in on the Ultimate Worldwide Crisis Of This Half Of The Day.

    As long as he’s busy with nonsense like this, he’s not up to mischief screwing up something that actually matters. Keep running as fast as you can deep into complete irrelevance, Ray, You’re almost there.

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      Nope, but I do have a rat’s ass, fresh killed.

    • JET

      You forgot puppies and kittens dying. :(

    • crys

      You win the internet today

    • baal

      I still found Ray’s comments remarkably offense even with their entire lack of relevance.

    • 8DX

      “Has anybody seen the shit I’m supposed give about Myley Cyrus or Ray Comfort’s opinion about her?”

      If someone is publicly slut-shaming performers and artists for incorporating sexuality into their work, they should be called out for it just as publicly, whether or not you give a toss about Myley Cyrus as a performer, or Ray Comfort as a person, sexism, misogyny in the media and in the public voice of popular figures are “something that actually matters”. At least in the lives of 50% of the population.

      • http://abb3w.livejournal.com/ abb3w

        Of course, one way of calling out such slut-shaming is by source derogation of the (would-be) slut-shamers and their opinions as worthless. It’s not so rationally effective nor generally applicable, but can be emotionally effective in particular instances.

        • 8DX

          I guess so, although as far as I’ve come to understand, sexism isn’t just what some people’s opinions *are* (and therefore if its coming from an untrustworthy source it can be ignored), but it’s what people *do* by expressing this bigotry. Calling out such speech from public figures (as well as recognising it in oneself) should be as automatic as pointing the inappropriateness of racist language.

      • Monika Jankun-Kelly

        I found Miley’s performance tasteless and crass, but I’m much, much more bothered by the backlash to it. Tasteless and crass men aren’t raked over the coals like she was.

        Hey Ray, I’m a humanist, and I wouldn’t want my children, of either gender, behaving like this (although I wouldn’t flip out if they did). Am I doing humanism wrong? Please explain humanism to me. I’m just a humanist and you’re a banana expert, so I defer to you in these matters.

    • Silent Service

      Well said, Richard. I never understood why anybody ever watched the VMA, as it is always just crass, over the top performance art.

    • Ted Thompson

      Funny how you don’t see Joe Klein twerking at an awards show. (Also a very good thing you don’t.)

  • ufo42

    Good for her! She has every right to do her own thing! If she keeps Comfort busy worrying about what she’s up to, maybe he’ll forget about his stupid banana related bloviations. :)

  • Nancy Shrew

    What about Robin Thicke’s godlessness?

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      Forget that. What about the sheer rapiness of that song?

      • Nancy Shrew

        You won’t get any disagreements from me about that. It’s also just a crappy song in general.

        • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

          Yeah, it’s crappy, but I can let that slide.

          Rapey, not so much with the sliding.

          • islandbrewer

            Oh wait, you actually listened to the lyrics without immediately turning it off? I admire your fortitude!

            • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

              What little I’ve been unable to avoid.

      • UWIR

        You mean Blurred Lines?

        • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

          Yeah. Fuck, even the title sounds rapey!

        • Oranje

          Sounds like the job they did painting the highway lines around here in 50mph winds this summer.

    • Anathema

      Don’t be silly. Robin Thicke is a man!

    • Claire

      If there’s a woman involved it’s always her fault. Always.

      I’ve seen far too many comments about how he looked surprised and disgusted by the choreography as if Miley sprung it on him. So surprised and disgusted that he started humping her, apparently.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

    If you are a fan of Breaking Bad you will enjoy this.

    Hank and Marie Watch The Video Music Awards

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UUD3zyu7Ek&feature=youtu.be

    • Art_Vandelay

      That’s as brilliant as the confession itself!

    • Celsus

      That was cool. Thanks for posting, Kevin_of_Bangor.
      Why do I get the feeling that a new youtube meme has been born?

    • Dave

      Hilarious! I’m still smiling five minutes later. Could he do one with Ray and banana watching Miley twerk??

    • Randay

      The Onion got the report on Miley’s staying power a little wrong.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOgj2etJs3Y

  • Dana Logsdon

    Fascinating. Interesting parallel.

  • Dana Logsdon

    Aren’t we bombing Syria on Thursday? Thank god we got the VMA over with!

  • Anathema

    Of course, when they see a young woman doing something, the first thing that they think about is the feelings of the young woman’s parents. Because how Miley’s parents and “her dad especially” feel about this is much more important than what Miley Cyrus herself feels about her own performance. Because when a woman decides to take part in anything that emphasizes her sexuality, then she must be wronging her father somehow.

    I am not sure how you could argue that Miley Cyrus’s performance was somehow a crime against her father unless you assume that her father has the right to control her, despite the fact that she’s an adult. Their entire complaint seems to assume that a woman’s sexuality is her father’s possession.

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      It was a crime against good taste.

      • Art_Vandelay
        • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

          Can’t. Unsee.

          • Hat Stealer

            I recommend a good healthy dose of eye-acid.

        • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw m6wg4bxw

          Will mullet jokes never cease? Jesus fucking christ.

          • Sweetredtele

            I’ll stop when they stop.

          • Bitter Lizard

            See, now all you did there was make me imagine Jesus with a mullet.

          • Silent Service

            No.

        • Dave

          and achey breaky heart. Where was Ray when that was released? Crimes against humanity.

          • Without Malice

            Damn you. Now I’ve got that song playing over and over in my head.

            • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

              Damn you, you just had to share your earworm!

    • Bitter Lizard

      Sounds like someone’s asking for an honor killing. Bury her up to her neck and I’ll get the rocks.

      Don’t tell her head, her achy-breaky head…

  • advancedatheist

    Ray Comfort has the germ of a legitimate point. The Enlightenment project in the 18th Century which gave us our secular-humanist world went too far by wrongly attacking patriarchy as a belief identified as part of theism, when patriarchy has evidence in its favor independent of religious rationalizations for it.

    Gods don’t exist in the empirical world, so the Enlightenment philosophy could make a legitimate critique of god beliefs. But men and women can observe one another and have had to live together all along, and humans have had to get good at pattern recognition to survive and reproduce. If this patriarchal wisdom tradition which emerged from countless generations of experience and learning in a harsh and dangerous world tends to put women’s sexuality in a bad light – well, you can’t blame that outcome on the gods now, can you?

    • http://confessionsfromthepeanutgallery.blogspot.com/ YankeeCynic

      I would point out that pattern recognition also made similar determinations of roles and capabilities based on skin color (based on countless generations of experience and learning in a harsh and dangerous world).

      This entire post is a golden example of the naturalistic fallacy, and I’m bloody irritated that I have to reply to such patently misogynistic gobbledygook.

    • Anathema

      Ray Comfort has the germ of a legitimate point.

      No, he doesn’t. Ray has probably had something like a legitimate point two or three times in his life — a stopped clock is right twice a day, after all. But he certainly doesn’t have anything near a legitimate point here.

      The Enlightenment project in the 18th Century which gave us our secular-humanist world went too far by wrongly attacking patriarchy as a belief identified as part of theism, when patriarchy has evidence in its favor independent of religious rationalizations for it.

      When you say “the patriarchy has evidence in its favor independent of religious rationalizations for it” do you mean “there is evidence for the existence of the patriarchy in nonreligious aspects of society” or “there are good reasons outside of religion to uphold and maintain the patriarchy”? Because the former is obviously true. The latter . . . not so much.

      But men and women can observe one another and have had to live together all along, and humans have had to get good at pattern recognition to survive and reproduce. If this patriarchal wisdom tradition which emerged from countless generations of experience and learning in a harsh and dangerous world tends to put women’s sexuality in a bad light – well, you can’t blame that outcome on the gods now, can you?

      Wow . . . there is so much wrong with this.

      First, not all societies have been equally patriarchal. Some have been much more egalitarian than others. Different societies have different ideas about sex and gender. Why are you only counting the years of experience of societies that happen to have restrictive views of female sexuality?

      Second, this argument sounds similar to an argument used by people who opposed marriage equality. They’ll argue that if we can’t allow two people of the same gender to get married because we’ve never done that before and ergo all the past wisdom of humankind tells us that this is a bad idea. This is obviously a bad argument. Slavery has been with humanity throughout much of human history, but surely you wouldn’t argue that we shouldn’t get rid of it? For most of human history, we haven’t had vaccines, so does that mean that we shouldn’t use vaccines? Your entire argument assumes that tradition is good and any change must be bad. If that were the case, progress of any sort would be basically impossible and no one’s quality of life would ever improve.

      Third, I doubt you’d think much of this argument if it was used by someone trying to oppress you, so why do you think that it’s a good argument in favor of keeping structures in place that oppress others? Religious traditions have emerged from countless years of experience and learning as well. If this religious wisdom tends to put nonbelievers in a bad light, does that mean that society should continue to privilege believers over nonbelievers?

      Fourth, because religious traditions have been with us for so long and have become so ingrained into society, it’s hard to fully separate patriarchal traditions that arose for purely secular reasons from the religious beliefs that were used to reinforce it. We cannot blame the entirety of patriarchy on religion, but that hardly erases religion’s contributions either.

    • eric

      humans have had to get good at pattern recognition to survive and reproduce. If this patriarchal wisdom tradition…

      What complete bullflop, advanced. Please explain to me why ‘getting good at pattern recognition to survive’ requires that we have a social structure with fathers/men at the top.

    • baal

      Are you sure you’re secular AA?

    • Gus

      You’re such a drive by troll. Obviously you can’t actually defend any of your assertions with rational argument.

    • Spuddie

      Said the man who only wants to marry inexperienced women or virgins because he is afraid of companions who would seek some level of competence from him in bed.

    • phantomreader42

      patriarchy has evidence in its favor independent of religious rationalizations for it

      …none of which you or any other misogynist is able to actually present or justify. Claiming you have evidence is worthless unless you can actually demonstrate it. Put up or shut up. Or just run away and hide because you’re too much of a coward to even try defending your bullshit.

  • http://lady-die.deviantart.com/ LizzyJessie

    Yes, because a teenybopper Disney pop princess shedding her sweet little girl image is new and unusual. It isn’t like Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and Hilary Duff (though not as dramatic), haven’t done the same thing.

    • Anna

      This book has an interesting critique of the phenomenon of Disney pop princesses (including Cyrus) being replaced by younger, “purer” models:

      http://www.amazon.com/dp/0061711535

  • more compost

    “[A]nd what for, you know?”

    Comfort, you incalculable moron, I am pretty sure that the fact that you are talking about her proves that she succeeded in what she is trying to do, which is to generate buzz.

  • Edmond

    Ugh.

    You know, I’ve always heard the name “Miley Cyrus” and put it in the category of “Lindsey Lohan” or “Jessica Simpson”. But with this video (Ray’s), I’ve discovered a new-found respect for Ms. Cyrus. If she can piss HIM off, she must be doing SOMETHING right.

    What a fucking misogynistic bastard. “She has prostituted herself in the most horrible public fashion”. Oh, really? Worse than actually engaging in prostitution? Publicly? Should performances like hers be criminalized? Geez, Ray, hyperbole much? Slut-shaming much? Funny no corresponding shame toward fellow-male Robin Thicke. You can’t have a prostitute without a John. This omission is EXTRA funny, when you consider Comfort’s connection to the Thicke family. Can’t blame the boys for … whatever sexual control they don’t have over their wimmins.
    I didn’t think much of Cyrus’ peformance here, until I saw that it was riling uptight ayholes like Comfort here. Now, I think she’s doing important activist work. Keep it up, Miley!
    “…the most horrible public fashion”. Pfft! “…abandon the Scriptures”. Double pfft! What should be done with her, Ray? Should she be pelted with stones until death, on the front steps of Billy Ray’s 500-acre Tennessee farm? Should she be cut into a dozen pieces, to be mailed around the country? What does morally-perfect Scripture prescribe for her punishment? Why is what she did “sinful”? What does “sinful” mean, “too much fun”?
    Fucking ayhole for wanting women to feel bad about understanding and making use of their bodies in socially powerful ways. Fucking ayhole for not wanting the MEN involved to feel equally shameful.

    • Oranje

      I’ve never heard of a Robin Thicke, so I have been substituting Alan Thicke. This thing is a whole lot funnier that way.

      “Then why do you look like Cesar Romero?”
      “Because you don’t know what Cesar Chavez looks like!”

      • Kodie

        Robin Thicke is Alan Thicke’s son.

        I knew that for some reason, but I looked it up to confirm. I don’t know his song that is getting a lot of negative attention lately, just that it is, and he is.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    OMFG. This non-story is everywhere. I didn’t watch the VMAs (why would I?) and it’s all anyone has talked about for two days now. I know why she did it. It got everyone talking about her. And she sold a lot of units of her latest song on itunes. Money. that’s why she did it. Since she has no discernible talent, she has to do something to get attention for herself.

    • Spuddie

      Well money and the fact that she is more famous for a past children’s show than her current singing career.

  • JA

    Miley is trying way, way too hard to be over the top. Lady Gaga at least has style when she does it.

    • Tainda

      Who says? lol

    • Spuddie

      Lady Gaga never had to rid her public image of Walt Disney’s tramp-stamp.

      Why quietly bury a past image when you can cremate it in public?

    • Gus

      Nor did Lady Gaga grow up with a celebrity father who’s an evangelical Christian and have to cope with breaking out of that repressive religion, being a celebrity at a young age, and becoming a woman all at the same time.

  • karcreat

    Wow…just…

    WOW.

    “On his daily online show today, Ray Comfort explained how Miley Cyrus‘ provocative dance at the MTV Video Music Awards was the result of her godlessness.”

    Riiiight.

    So are we to assume, given this same ‘reasoning’ that Comfort’s arrogance, uniformed ‘opinions’ and flat out stupidity are the result of his ‘godliness’? Or are the OTHER reasons he’s a blithering asshole?

  • Dragon

    Only Ray Comfort can turn peoples opinions so quick. The man’s opinion is like the plague. Just 12 hours ago Cyrus was being bombarded with insults by all, than this moron opens his mouth and utters some misogynistic dark age dribble blaming it all on humanism (yeah because caring about humans is such an evil thing) and all of a sudden she’s a hero.

    Love it.

  • SeekerLancer

    I don’t care at all about whatever it is Miley Cyrus is doing for attention but I’m glad it’s pissing people like Ray Comfort off.

    The part that appalled me the most in the video was Comfort going on about kids killing an elderly veteran because of humanism. What?

  • Oranje

    “she will get applause from men” “shame to [her father] and dishonor [to her mother]”

    Because, again, everything is hetero. With roles and all. *sigh*

    • Spuddie

      Shame to her father? Billy Ray Cyrus? Mr. Achey-Breaky?

      All notions of shame were long gone before Miley was born.

  • eric

    I think I was watching Sharknado at the time. Than you Miley, I never thought any event would make me proud to admit that, but somehow you did it.

  • Kodie

    I don’t understand a few things:

    *She appears to be a humanist?

    *So she no longer has the fear of god. That doesn’t mean everything is excused, it means that petty uptight rules can be questioned and broken.

    *So she is already famous and seems to enjoy it so much, whereas if she didn’t grow up, she would be discarded by the industry as a child-star has-been.

    *And so, so far, she is an adult so she has sexuality, no fear of god, and fame.

    *She is not to my taste, but I don’t see she is doing anything bad. [I even saw an interview with Lindsay Lohan, who Miley is being lumped in with for ignorant reasons - LL has darker issues and addictions, but seems like a nice person, actually - not my age group, not my taste of culture, but why are young people being labeled "useless" because they get up to antics? Another named Jessica Simpson who is bland, but managed to smartly parlay her fame into other business endeavors that people enjoy.]

    *Her parents, being who they are, probably are embarrassed or shamed.
    —that raising a child in a good Christian home didn’t “stick”

    *But atheists call her embarrassing (or similar adjectives) for old-people reasons. She’s young and her music or entertainment factor doesn’t have something that art should have? What about being entertaining to her audience?

    ————–

    Ray is mostly right, but from the wrong perspective. Humanism does seem to be “to blame” – he is threatening the parents of his audience to abuse their power even more and subdue their children to a single definition of righteous Christian, because Christianity itself seems to be all about honoring god by fucking and making babies within the sanctity of marriage and making sure they are indoctrinated thoroughly to fear him lest they end up in hell.

    Humanism does seem to be a factor, maybe not the only factor. I thought we could agree that her performance and what it reveals about herself is no big deal in the big scheme of things, and yet she puts herself in the public eye, we can’t help but judge people we shouldn’t be judging? I don’t know. If she weren’t famous for being a terrible child to her parents and drastically changing, as Lohan had, from a squeaky clean, innocent child to a woman, a real person with her self daring into the world any way it wants, what would people even talk about? Perhaps being famous for being sexually provocative is something we still don’t like, while her songs may be terrible, and she is getting a free ride? It is dust in the wind like anything else.

    I don’t know why atheists are distancing themselves from a young person appealing to other young people, is she irresponsible, is she influencing your kids, is she actually dangerous or, what? Why hate on her? Lohan, admittedly is a criminal and not a role model, but I think that’s the problem? We see celebrities as having to achieve some kind of perfect art and perfect personality so we can be like them, and if they aren’t like we want to be, then they are taking up oxygen, and money from an actual talented person, and should just work at the supermarket. I didn’t see all of the performance or listen to the song, but I can tell already, it’s probably better than Adele screaming in pain. Why do people like Adele so much? Agree, disagree?

  • decathelite

    Everybody who blames Miley Cyrus for her “appalling” performance is conveniently silent when it comes to all of the people who helped get her onstage.

    • Gus

      Always blame the woman, never the male producers, performers, choreographers, and others involved in the decision.

  • Liz Oshell-Shaw

    According to his profile he is a believer… nice try Ray!

  • Gus

    Celebrity with access to a lot of money becomes an adult and rebels against her father’s repressive religion and it maybe goes a bit overboard? Not surprising. I keep hoping Miley won’t do something really stupid, because ever since that tweet I’ve decided she’s pretty awesome for having the courage to speak out and be her own person. I’ve decided not to watch the VMA performance because I wouldn’t watch it if it weren’t suddenly in the news because people love to trash female artists for their sexuality. And I don’t want to know. Some critics are saying it was racist, which I would hate, but that story was at HuffPo and I won’t go to a site that’s going to slam Miley Cyrus while filling the sidebar with sideboob stories.

    It was one performance, she did what she did. Meanwhile, she’s escaped from the evangelical and repressive beliefs of her father and smoked a little weed. I look forward to seeing how she continues to grow up and whether she contributes something to music or society in general, not whether she was too sexy.

    Plus I really like her in Bolt.

  • Spuddie

    And a big “Fuck You” goes out to Ray Comfort for forcing me to give a damn about Miley Cyrus in a public setting.

  • woot

    This idiot came into prominence because he said something incredibly stupid about a banana. Why are we even taking about him?

  • The Other Weirdo

    But private prostitution is A-okay in his book? Good to know. Must be the reason for the downfall of all those 80s and 90s freaky preachers.

  • E

    She is a Christian with a cross tattooed on her. She goes on and on about jesus- this guy is either a liar or badly misinformed- probably both

  • Jessica Corter

    Stick a banana in it, Ray!!! We’re all “godless” it’s just that some of us are more aware of that fact than most. Miley got what she wanted: ATTENTION!!

  • Novemberborn

    I don’t see what the big deal is. She’s a girl who wanted to do something crazy during her performance and she did. WHO CARES. She’s not hurting anyone. I’m glad she feels free enough to do something like that. She isn’t tethered by the ropes of religion where she has to suppress her human urges. There are more important things to focus on than a pop star being a 20-year old. Meanwhile, I can’t even comment on Ray Comfort because we are just not on the same page about ANYTHING.

  • Artor

    Since her father actually released, “Achy-Breaky Heart,” it’s hard to see how Miley could possibly bring more shame to her family.

  • Paula M Smolik

    “How must have her parents felt?”??

    I think she’s a pig, but I think it’s her fault. No one else’s.

    • Spuddie

      Fault for what?

      She is a performer. She performed. Its what she does for a living. At best her performance was PG to PG-13. Basic cable material.

  • WingedBeast

    Yes, it must be humanism. The moral philosophy that places emphasis on doing good for humanity must be to blame for this!

    Not a society that trains children to think of sexuality as something forbidden to them, therefore turning it into a right of passage into adulthood. No, if that were to blame, then Ray Comfort would be to blame for reinforcing such societal injustice by making this video.

    Not an entertainment culture that values heavier and heavier sexualization of young women, turning that into the most accessible means of diverging one’s public image from that of a child. No, because that would mean that Ray Comfort would have to look beyond the surface of things in order to find the injustice.

    Not a Disney culture that produces manufactured fame for children, entrenching them in an artistic career without allowing them to define, for themselves, who they are, what their artistic voice is, or what they might want to say with that voice. If that were what was wrong, Ray Comfort would find himself speaking out against very powerful elements and, what’s more, he would find himself speaking out on behalf of being *less* restrictive on what thoughts the youth are allowed to be exposed to or allowed to think and express.

    Not that a simplistic notion that one need only read the bible and heed it is neither the complete nor the engaging moral framework that is needed in order for people to gain a true feeling of connection with the world around them. If that, in fact, required a disconnection from the world around them both near and distant, then Ray Comfort would be a part of a big, multifaceted problem that plagues our society having no simple answers but many simple ways to become a part of the problem.

  • Jim

    Oh no, sin!

  • Mark W.

    And yet no one has laid the blame where it truly belongs…Disney.

  • Without Malice

    I guess I’m kind of a prude because I such displays out of place on TV. Then again, it was nothing we haven’t seen a million times from Lady Gaga or Madonna or many others. The worse thing about her performance was . . . her hair. Damn girl, get a new do.

  • debs13

    Where does that leave the paedophile Catholics?

  • Plutosdad

    Would Comfort be glad if we said it was her Christian upbringing that caused her to sing and dance to a song that defends date rape, blames women who do get raped, and promotes violence against women, instead of standing up and condemning the song as a humanist should?

  • http://www.empowernetwork.com/ginaharper/blog/miley-cyrus-twerking/ empower

    Of course whatever she did was shameful and was really dishonored for the country. She did for the sake of publicity but what actually she got from this…that everybody knows here. Download the “Miley Twerks”-Android App on Google Play. Folloe #Miley # Cyrus and get updates on her antics.

  • Amy Dorset

    The real reason Miley Twerks!!!!

    Miley Cyrus is told what to do by a little jewish businessman at her record label. He was on TV the other day. He sits up all night thinking about crazy shit for her to do the next day that is crazier than what the little businessman that runs Justin Beiber thinks up. He tries to come up with crazier shit than Kanye Wests’s manager who orders him to hit his head on a sign and get in fights and try to get more lame PR than the other guy gets. They are all operating off the same program that Ted Cruz and Joe Biden use.. it is ALL ABOUT GETTING ALL THE IDIOTS TO PAY ATTENTION!!! Most Americans are almost too stupid to live. They need shiney things dangled in front of them or they do not know which way to look. Corporations/Political parties (same thing) only care about getting the biggest volumes of people to look in their direction. They all follow the same rule: No matter how stupid the thing is that you do, do it as loud and dumb as possible and you will get the majority to look in your direction…for the moment.


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