MTV Movie Awards

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

Maybe I am getting old (23 in July) or maybe I am getting
more conservative (ya, that is probably not it), but it seemed like
the MTV movie awards were highly offensive this year.

I doubt most of you watched the MTV movie awards,
but if you did  you probably know what I am talking about.
I like to watch the MTV movie and music awards to see what
is going on in music and movies amongst youth and progressive culture.
I like the performances (especially Kings of Leon), the different presenters
and production of each intro to the awards. But this year that all went out
the window after watching about 10 minutes of the awards show.

Not only did I hear a ton of language, but it seemed to be over the top, in a way
to try and be funny but still rebellious and cool.
As well, I think I heard every reference
to a males “goods” (really no way to say that appropriately).
Is this really teen culture? Is this how they act and talk?

I struggle with all of this. At some points some of this does not bother me.
I was the cool teacher that was going to have his students watch MTV shows
and then evaluate and discuss them. After many emails from parents expressing
their concern over this idea I decided to pull the plug on that idea.
I still did not see a problem with watching this in class.
My attitude was one of practicallity in the fact that most of these students
already watched MTV and knew most of the shows (see Rob & Big and Doin Work).
Why not take advantage of a captive audience to get some great discussion
on worldview stuff.

I now see the reason why parents freaked out. The stuff that was on the MTV movie awards
tonight was ridiculous. None of it funny, a lot of it inappropriate.
The views I express here are not shaped by any Focus on the Family mindset, in all reality
I am the opposite of what you would call a fan of Focus on the Family (I do not like them).
But tonight I learned something from MTV, kids are growing up more and more
and we (culture) are pushing them to grow up.

I am not a parent therefore I do not have kids (I think, kidding…)
so I would like to ask the parents/potential parents or people who
just want to give their opinion:

1) What do you think about all of this?
2) Would you let your kids watch MTV?
3) What would you say to them if you were watching it with them?
4) How would you respond?


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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • Ben

    Wouldn't have expected this from you buddy. Didn't see much, too busy catching fireflys. But what I saw made me laugh. So . . . maybe I am immature.

    • klreed189

      My biggest thing is what are students/kids/myself think about this all?
      It seems like everything is just a joke a lot of the time and it seems like the things
      we are joking about these days are a lot more off color than they were when i was a youngster.

      • Ben

        Dude, you're still a youngster. Yeah – its crass – but it was just as bad when I was a teen. I can see your vantage point sure, but the truth is what does protecting kids from this do?

        At some point you WILL be exposed to it, you can't shelter a child forever unless you're Christopher Walken in Blast From The Past – and it didn't work for him either.

        I am sure that you, like I, remember times you were laughing about things and you know your parents had no clue you knew what was going on. But you did.

        I am not saying let all kids watch rated R movies and what not, but it's not going to kill a teenager to watch that and laugh.

        The important thing is what is learned from it and how it is processed. Things are no more evil now than before though – that I can assure you.

        • klreed

          And I would totally agree with you on the sheltering thing. It really is not possible, though some think it is.
          I just wonder, students watching this unchecked or maybe without conversation to follow, what is their reaction to it.
          That is mostly why I wanted to watch MTV in my classroom, because I knew people were watching it and I wanted to hear their reaction to it. They can play that game like they don’t watch it or that what is on MTV is terrible, but really I know they watch MTV on a consistent basis along with other shows. I just wonder what is going to come of it all? And how do we use it to shape the minds of our youth?

  • Andy Unnerstall

    I don't think it's just something like the MTV awards. I don't like to let my kids watch primetime network TV because of the language and graphic violence. Granted, my children are young (four and one), but I still have to be very careful what I watch with them in the room. Now those of you who know me know that I am far from offended by things like profanity and sexual content in the appropriate context. Art is a commentary onand reflection of culture, and our culture is full of these things. So if I'm watching a R-rated movie, fine. But when it is something so clearly targeted at kids and/or young teens, that's when I have a problem.

    As for letting my kids watch MTV, as of right now, absolutely not. They are far too young to understand. As the grow and mature, however, I think that might change. My philosophy is that the best way to prepare kids for the world is for them to see a little of it when I am there to help explain. That way when they experience these things on their own they are equipped to handle them. I think that the most important influence in my kids' lives is me, and the model I show them. Plus, I believe the fastest way to get your teenagers to do something is to forbid them to do it. It creates an irresistible mystique that they can't help but be curious about. I think we need to strip away the mystery, and teach them ways of dealing with the "real world". Of course there are limits to this, and my opinion might change when my kids are actually teenagers. I just think that as American Christians, we do far too much censoring, and in doing so create an air of righteousness and superiority that makes us unapproachable to many people.

    All this being said, I don't think I'll have much to worry about. My kids are going to be into real art and music, not the over-produced, over-commercialized crap that is on MTV. Right?

    • klreed

      Good point about all that crap on MTV.
      I think you are onto something when you talk about the censorship that we place on our kids.
      The mystique that is there to try something you know you are not suppose to be doing is a very powerful drug.
      Often times I feel like we are creating a christian community that is so full of rules and legislation that we have created a community that is impossible to live in.
      Andy Stanley in his book “Principle of the Path” said that most parents think parenting begins when their kids start to rebel and have problems, but the real parenting begins in the early years of their life and you see the rewards of this hard work when they get older.
      I think that greatly describes Christian culture sometimes. We start to “parent” when something bad happens (see da vinci code, gay community, secular music, Rugrats, etc….) and do not start from a young age. It is the typical response of letting culture dictate how you live and how you parent. And when i say parent, I mean legislate.

  • Rachel Womack

    I totally agree with you Kyle. I am not a parent and I am only 23 but I have an 11 year old brother and an 8 year old sister to worry about watching this stuff on TV. I think the more kids are exposed to the vulgar "comedy" the more immune they become to it. The more immune they become the harder it is to convince them not to act in that manner. I would not let my younger siblings watch MTV just like I wasn't allowed to watch MTV. Sure kids will be exposed to it, but it is important to somewhat filter what goes into their young minds. They are easily influenced and until they can fully grasp the concept of vulgarity then I wouldn't let any kid watch it.