August 30, 2013

Regarding Kathleen Parker’s Aug. 28 op-ed column, “A twerk too far”:

I would not waste my time watching Miley Cyrus writhe and do the “jerk,” as we called it back then. Things don’t change, they just move back and forth over the lines of taste. Still, I wouldn’t censor a second of it. Censorship is as awful as the twerky-jerky thing Ms. Cyrus did. We should just write it off to that teen spirit and wait for better.

Sheva Farkas, Silver Spring

Kathleen Parker wrote that “possibly, America has had enough of grotesque behavior from entertainers.” Tthis is wishful thinking. While a lot of people are talking about Miley Cyrus’s performance at the MTV Video Music Awards and expressing surprise, shock and disgust, the talk only encourages such behavior. Ms. Cyrus’s performance is just the latest example of how our society is defining deviancy down.

Unfortunately, anything goes in entertainment. It will take more than being offended to get performers to have greater regard for decency. We need to demonstrate our economic power by saying we will not purchase tickets, we will not applaud, we will not participate in this type of vulgar, demeaning and sophomoric behavior.

Robert L. Sloan, Washington

If Kathleen Parker is right that a million tweets every few minutes took place after Miley Cyrus’s performance, it was a brilliant career move. Perhaps Ms. Cyrus should get lessons from Madonna, who was called “vulgar” in the 1980s but now is one of the highest-earning entertainers. But I am reminded of this saying, and maybe Ms. Parker and her conservative cohorts should take it to heart and lighten up: “Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like no one is watching, and live every day as if it were your last.”

Marc Levenson, Glen Echo