The 40th MTV Video Music Awards aired on September 12, but although the awards ceremony is getting older it's not getting any wiser.
The first half-hour of the show included two iconic female singers, Madonna and Cyndi Lauper. One wonders, though, if many of the younger audience members even knew who they were.
Lauper brought a little bit of random politics as she introduced a live performance. She wanted to remind everyone that abortion is a fundamental right, or something. She gave a shout-out to equal pay, too.
Cyndi Lauper: I won a moon person at the very first VMAs in 1984. Things are a little different now. Yeah, girls wanna have fun. But we also want to have funds. Equal pay. Control over our bodies! You know, fundamental rights.
Abortion is a frequent topic for Lauper. She recently joined pro-abortion singers Amanda Shires, Sheryl Crow and others and released a song celebrating their right to abortion on the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The song was to celebrate Shires’ own abortion. The proceeds went to The Yellowhammer Fund, a pro-abortion group in Alabama.
The show seems to get raunchier each year. This year Lil Nas X recreated a gay prison shower scene from the music video for "Industry Baby" in his performance of the song with all male dancers clad in sequined form-fitting boxers (right). Singer Normani included some lesbian grinding at the end of her song. The wardrobe choices of many of the female performers were barely there, with many choosing bodysuits with thongs in the back. The sexualization of women in the music performances doesn’t send a good message to the young teens in the audience.
One positive note to make is that the truly obscene video for 'WAP' by Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B went without any awards this year. So, that's a small step in the right direction.
Alas, Lil Nas X won the award for Video of the Year for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).”
Lil Nas X: Wow! Let's go! Wow, oh my God! Okay, first I want to say thank you to the gay agenda! Let's go, gay agenda!
He thanked “the gay agenda” as he accepted the award for a video of him riding a stripper pole to Hell to give a gay lap dance to Satan, so it was very appropriate.