As the 31st annual MYTV VMAs prepares to get under way on Sunday night, performers might pay mind that aiming for a Miley bump might still net you a Robin bomb. For if last year proved anything it's that manufacturing controversy as a marketing technique is risky because it's impossible to tell what might catch fire and what will simply burn to the ground.
This is not about Miley. It's not about back-up dancers. It's not about one entertainment show that happened one night in August 2013. It's about an institutionalized thought process that is subtly reinforced at every given opportunity. And if we stop writing about the institution, aren't we doing society a disservice?