Miley Cyrus Points Out America's Ridiculous Culture of Censorship Using Breaking Bad and the VMAs as Examples

It can abide a twerk or a meth cook, but not a molly or an f-bomb


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Progressive viral content website Upworthy (co-founded by a former MoveOn executive and a former managing editor for The Onion) highlights a quote from Rolling Stones' latest cover story, a profile of Miley Cyrus (have you heard of her?). The former child actress points out:

"America is just so weird in what they think is right and wrong… Like, I was watching Breaking Bad the other day, and they were cooking meth. I could literally cook meth because of that show. It's a how-to. And then they bleeped out the word 'fuck.' And I'm like, really? They killed a guy, and disintegrated his body in acid, but you're not allowed to say 'fuck'? It's like when they bleeped 'molly' at the VMAs. Look what I'm doing up here right now, and you're going to bleep out 'molly'? Whatever."

Cyrus' performance may not have been censored by MTV, but the FCC received more than 150 pages worth of complaints about it from Americans, even though, as Peter Suderman noted,  the FCC doesn't have jurisdiction over cable channels. As for Breaking Bad, the Netflix version leaves curse words uncensored, though it apparently cut out some of the sexual-ish scenes in the pilot.

AMC may have made the decision that curse words will turn off viewers but the cooking of meth on screen won't, while Netflix may have made the decision that its users won't mind an f-bomb but might cancel their subscription over bare breasts. Or both may prefer to play it safe and not attract unwanted attention from busybodies, all perhaps part of the blandification of pop culture. Miley Cyrus, on the other hand, has shown herself to be adept at playing up controversy in service of self-promotion, as her appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone and her post-VMA attention in general attests. And if she can drop an f-bomb at the VMA maybe she won't twerk again?

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  1. I don't even get what the big deal about Miley is, aside from that the performance is hilariously unattractive.

    1. Ditto, except that I don't consider her hilarious. She reminds me of a teenage kid who is working hard to weird out her churchy parents.

      1. She's just pulling a Madonna. She needed to shed the Hannah Montana thing to be treated as an adult (not that her performance wasn't tasteless). Any press is good press, and she got exactly what she was shooting for. She shocked people enough that they talked about her for weeks and no one even remembers her childhood persona. Mission accomplished.

        1. That is, until there's more and more parodies of her wreckingball clip (just imagine South Park doing an episode about Miley Cyrus) and her career might end by a wreckingball.

        2. Thing is Madonna never had to shed an innocent image to begin with. She was a skank from the start.

          No offense.

          1. Agree. Madonna did it just for the publicity. Cyrus probably did it for both reasons.

            A lot of child actors get typecast. If they can't break out of it, it has the potential to ruin their careers.

            I get why she did it. It grossed me out, but I won't hold it against her.

            1. Don't give a shit about her.

              Like Madonna.

              I only go medieval on their asses when they go political.

            2. I thought most child actors either fade into obscurity or become drug addicts or alcoholics.

              1. A few make it.

                Opie did alright for himself. And Sam from Who's the Boss turned out to be a hottie. And that Firestarter/ET chick is now on my celebrity waiver list.

                1. Doogie Howser

                  1. That guy thought I recognized him or was just flirting with me back in the early nineties. I was like WTF, this guy keeps staring at me, then he smiles and waves. I think he wants his ass kicked. My buddy turned around and said, "That's Doogie Howser." I had never watched the show.

                    1. Ha, you got cruised by an underage actor!

                    2. I think he was in his twenties by then and in a post Doogie career lull.

              2. Is she the ones with the all the gums?

        3. She shocked people enough that they talked about her for weeks and no one even remembers her childhood persona. Mission accomplished

          I dunno, man. Sometimes once something is seen, it cannot be unseen.

          It's like with Nicholas Cage. No matter how many movies I see this guy in, and no matter how serious of a role he is in, all I can see him as is that goofy dude that he played in Raising Arizona.

          1. Regarding Henry.

            Everytime I watch Harrison Ford playing Jack Ryan, all I can see is Henry Turner talking about the big dripper.

            1. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

              Whoa dude.

      2. I mean, I think it's hilarious to watch someone do something she thinks is sexy, but is utterly pointless. But fair enough, I just have a taste for absurdity in my humor.

      3. She is trying to kill a girl, whose name is Hannah Montana, apparently because Cyrus believes if that girl remains alive she cannot be free.

    2. The "big deal" is you're all a bunch of homos.

  2. I don't get it..."molly"?

    1. I'll just leave this here

      If you don't want to watch the whole video, FF to 1:50

      1. I'm not sure if that video is the best way to describe the MDMA experience but it was ridiculously hoodlicious.

      2. That guy really likes gold.

    2. Just this chick. I hear she also sometimes goes by the alias Sally Shears.

    3. Cyclically a drug is billed as pure MDMA and then the supply gets cut with cocaine and it becomes passe. Molly is theoretically the latest iteration of pure MDMA the same way that ecstasy was. Hilariously the Whole Foods culture made it weird because people wanted it in a "pure" form meaning powder instead of pressed into pills.

  3. "Sometimes, I wanna get on TV and just let loose, but can't
    But it's cool for Tom Green to hump a dead moose"

    1. I always knew you were the real Slim Shady, Cali.

      Are you, by any chance, "in a parking lot, circlin', screamin' ,'I don't give a fuck,' with [your] windows down and your system up?"

      1. Maybe, but I also "could be working at Burger King, spitting on your onion rings."

  4. And if she can drop an f-bomb at the VMA maybe she won't twerk again?

    Miss Miley has never twerked. Merely shaking one's ass like a drunken sorority girl does not a twerk make. Twerking also involves movement of the waist and hips in a elliptical motion, much like authentic hula dancing or belly dancing.

    1. Those endeavoring to twerk should also be in possession of an ass. A big, jumpy active ass.

      1. Those endeavoring to twerk should also be in possession of an ass. A big, jumpy active ass.

        Careful dude, you're gonna activate the sarc alert and he's going to post links to pictures of skinny wiminz with no boobs or ass.

    2. Who was it that called her the Queen of Twerk? Ah, yes, Floyd Mayweather. No offense, but I'm not about to say he is wrong.

      1. Mayweather is wrong. All his taste in women has been beaten out of him. His statements regarding twerking are like a PSA against self-inflicted brain damage.

        1. Disappointed Mayweather-Pacquaio never happened.

          1. Could have been an actual big fight that people cared about.

            Can't have that.

          2. Pacquaio -- way over rated.

  5. The third season of Weeds had a lot of nudity. Full body, front, back and bend over butt ugly. Netflix streaming video didn't censor any of that unless there was even more nudity than I thought.

  6. From the photo her tongue looks a little someone who does not brush their tongue and has bad breath. I have to agree with Metazoan.

    She is a pretty girl, but I imagine spending time with her would be nightmarish.

    But then, she is a performer. What I said could be complete bullshit. In her private life we really have no idea what she is like. A movie producer once told me that absolutely everything you see and hear in media about celebrities is done deliberately to get attention and further their careers.

  7. No doubt, content providers are much better at censoring themselves than the FCC is at censoring them. I think they're much more worried about provoking their customers than the FCC is about provoking the public, and I think the FCC makes noise over nothing, a lot of times, just to get their initials in the news...

    So, yeah, the FCC is pretty adept at playing up controversy in service of self-promotion, too--but that's not really what you want in a government agency.

    1. Well, it's not what we libertarians want in a government agency. Unfortunately, the statists like it just fine.

    1. This is killin' me. Couple of folks who are trying to make some kinda statement.

      I might just bag it until it's fixed.

      I reported it this afternoon to the folks who manage reasonable. Don't know if they'll actually fix it or not.

      1. Get along little doggie. Your misfortune ain't none of our own.

        1. Never said it was. People have every right to take no action and I have no right to make them.

          But, OTOH, if I could help my buds out with 3 mouse clicks, I'd do it.


    1. OK, we'll pay attention to you.

      There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. 😉

    2. Dumb question, but: Is this the real Voros McCracken, or just an awesome username?

      1. It's the real one.

      2. This never gets old. Yep, 'tis I.

    1. Your beer SUCKS!

    2. Okay, okay, I'm guilty of at least three of those.

      I give teh Canadians shit...cause...they're Canadians.

      But to be honest, I've only met one Canadian I didn't like. Not many other groups I can say that about.

      1. I hope that Canadian isn't me.

    3. Molson sucks, Unibroue though

      is pretty damn solid.

      1. Who the hell wants to drink a beer called Unibrow?

        The official beer of Leonid Brezhnev?

        1. That's the brewer! The beers all have cool names:

          La Fin du Monde

          Trois Pistoles

          Don De Deiu

          Or, maybe I'm just a Francophile.

          1. Quebec produces excellent micro-breweries. And they do have cool names.

          2. Maudite.

    4. What if you ask one of them if they've ever head of that great American band named Nickelback? Will they get pissed or just play along?

      I think I'm driving up to Toronto this weekend.

      1. You could also ask them "What makes Freddie Got Fingered the highpoint of Canadian Cinema?"


          That movie is absurdist surrealist comic genius. "Daddy would you like some sausage/Daddy would you like some sausage". Much like Big Money Rustlas.

        2. Well it's hard to pick a favorite scene from that excellent movie. But for me it's a tossup between Zebras in America (Look at my hooves!) and Tom Green using an elephant's ejaculating penis like a firehose.

        3. Canadians are too provincial to appreciate their greatest cinematic masterpiece.

    5. Remind them that Justin Bieber is Canadian.

      1. Remind them that Justin Bieber is Canadian

        That's just too mean.

        1. I didn't see what the 11 ways were, since it's just a Youtube video. You'd think the description could include them.

    6. At around 1:48 he asks about how someone can become leader when 70% of the people vote against him.

      I hope he's mocking in that part because people actually use that as an argument against Harper. Once Harper came into power all of a sudden "66% of Canadians didn't vote for him." It's as if all elections since 1867 never existed because THAT'S HOW THE FUCKING SYSTEM IS SET UP. 2/3 of the people will, on average, vote against you. Politicians become PM's with 30%.

      Fucking stupid idiots.

  9. She wanted to get attention, and she got it. Mission accomplished, and good for her.

    Saint's Row IV is pretty fun. The god damned car controls are way too sensitive, though.

    1. 90% of the missions don't require cars.

  10. Shit, did I just get put into a position where I'm saying "Damn right, Miley"? Yeah, I did.

    America is just so weird in what they think is right and wrong

    Yup, and I experienced this phenomenon when I saw a TV ad for the new Tom Hanks movie.

    Literally could not believe what I was watching. "Hold on a minute," I gasped after picking my jaw off the floor. "I'm constantly being told that things I never would have considered racist ARE, in fact, racist. And yet this is an acceptable movie trailer? Skinny, scary black people terrorizing an 'overwhelmingly white' crew?"

    1. The trailer that's pissing me off is the one for Don Jon. I assume a woman who would to fuck a mook like that has unnatural relations with her German Shepard.

      1. Saw that one too. It made my head spin a bit, but not in the same way the Captain Phillips one did.

        With Don Jon my reaction was "Wow, Joseph Gordon-I'm-Trying-To-Be- As-Overexposed-As-Ryan-Gosling has now written, directed, and starred in a movie where he gets to make out with Scarlett Johansen? Nice work if you can get it."

      2. So the central conflict in that movie is that he's banging Scarlett Johansen but is still addicted to porn?

        Doesn't really sound that bad.

        1. Looks like a movie I'll stream some day with the sound off.

    2. Well to be fair I'm sure that's what starving Somali pirates actually look like.

      Can't speak for how diverse a merchant ship should be though.

      1. I recall from a Sowell book that an amazingly high percentage of merchant vessels the world over have Scottish engineers.

        1. I believe the reason James Doohan made his Star Trek character a Scotsman was because he noticed that so many engineers he encountered in his military service were Scottish.

  11. Miley Cyrus Points Out Something Wrong With America ? And She's Absolutely Right

    Fucking Upworthy. A number of my progressive acquaintances are constantly linking to that feel-good lefty bullshit site, and every single article has a title that tells you almost nothing about its content but manages to give the target audience their desired self-righteous reacharound.

  12. Watching Breaking Bad right now (AMC is doing a marathon of the entire series). Apparently we can see Bryan Cranston nude except for a towel barely covering his crotch but Hank can't say fuck. Does that seem right to you?

    1. I watched the premier episode again last night. I can't even remember if that was on AMC, I had quite a few beers earlier... I've only seen the first 2 episodes, but now I'm interested in seeing the rest of the series.

      1. Go for it. I'm not going to pretentiously say it's the greatest TV show ever, but it really is a highly entertaining series that's well-made and features some great actors.

        The episodes flow in a way that makes you want to immediately see what happens next, which is why it is so addicting.

      2. It's a very good show, but if you find characters who constantly self-destruct to be difficult to watch, you won't enjoy it. I stopped at the end of season two because I just couldn't take how they were constantly, constantly sandbagging themselves.

        1. Sooo.... to close to reality?

        2. So there's lot of Democrats in it?

  13. Ever since "The X Files" was in first run, we've been able to watch autopsies dramatized on TV, but not the bare breasts of someone who's alive and well.

    1. You are, of course, talking broadcast TV. TCM has definitely shown Hedy Lamarr's young breasts in Ecstasy, as well as another actress's breasts in The Wicker Man. (I think that's Britt Eklund, but I'd have to look it up.)

      There's also about a half second of Jean Harlow sideboob in Red-Headed Woman. And a lot of other pre-Code films have women who are wearing dresses but are clearly braless.

      1. It's Britt Ekland in The Wicker Man, in the scene where she is trying to seduce Edward Woodward through the wall by dancing.

        1. I remember reading somewhere that they had to use a body double for that scene, as Ekland was pregnant and didn't want to appear nude.

      2. Back in the '80s there was a local TV show that ran episodes of the show Bizarre, a sketch comedy show starring John Byner.

        They had a scene where for no real reason, a woman would take off her shirt for about 30 seconds.

        The TV station showed it uncut.

        1. that was the show that gave Super Dave Osborne his start.
          So kudos.

        2. John Byner was the man in the 80s in my high school - as was Super Dave.

        3. Local TV in the 80's used to show certain Benny Hill episodes, and one Atlanta channel had the "Bedtime Movie" on Fridays and Saturdays, back when no one really cared what was shown after midnight. I'm not really sure what happened since then.

          1. Benny Hill was massively popular among the guys too.

      3. I've seen "Fellini Satyricon" on TCM, too.

    2. I find it odd that Homer Simpson has bigger breasts than most starlets, and they have no problem showing him topless.

      1. I think it was the movie Samson and Delilah starring Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr back in the late 40s that led people to say, it's the first movie where the male lead has bigger tits than the female lead.

    3. "We train young men to drop fire on people, but their commanders won't allow them to write "fuck" on their airplanes... because it's obscene!"

  14. With all that being said, you know, that photo of Miley really does make me want to throw up.

  15. "America is just so weird in what they think is right and wrong?"

    And that's an unoriginal and rather foolish clich?. Dropping f-bombs is a lazy and trite way to be edgy.

    "...all perhaps part of the blandification of pop culture."

    This is what we get from a Reason writer when the market decides things he does not like: whiny bitching.

    1. "And that's an unoriginal and rather foolish clich?. Dropping f-bombs is a lazy and trite way to be edgy."

      Just because it's a cliche doesn't mean it's not true. Although I think it's more of a human thing than an American thing. And edgy? How about realistic? People say the f word in real life all the time.

      "This is what we get from a Reason writer when the market decides things he does not like: whiny bitching."

      Because the content of television is a totally the result of a completely free market?

      Butthurt SoCon is butthurt

  16. OT: What is the reverse of a Balko nut-punch?
    Y U NO HALP?
    Chief of Philly's transit police is surprised no one called 911 to report a cop getting beaten up by a fair jumper.

    I really hope at least one person yelled to the cop: STOP RESISTING!!

    1. You know who else did well on Dancing with the Stars?

      1. Now you're screwing up my Reasonable. Thanks a whole heap...the entire bottom half of the screen is a computer code diatribe against Suthenboy.

        1. What the hell is Reasonable and why is everyone complaining about it?

          1. It makes H&R much more user-friendly

            Character limit for the link, just google 'reasonable chrome extension'.

  17. The weird national freak out about Miley Cyryus is mostly a patriarchal panic over a young woman daring to be sexual in whatever way she wants. This must not stand!

  18. "They killed a guy, and disintegrated his body in acid, but you're not allowed to say 'fuck'?"

    And a tv station may very well bleep out words like "Jap", "faggots", and "nigger", while showing all sorts of violence. The reasons are obvious.

    Not all mature theme and adult language / situations are the same. I think a court ruled that schools can't just ban books for scenes of violence, because many of these themes were depicted since the days of the bible.

    Racial slurs and certain expressions carry more weight than dramatized violence that occur under certain context. I mean, just ask any progressives. You'll get in more trouble at school for calling someone a "wetback" than most anything else.

    Miley Cyrus should just shut up.

    1. I still remember the surreal fart scene in Blazing Saddles with the fart sounds cut out on broadcast TV.

      1. I can't stand when they show Goodfellas at midnight and still censor the swearing.

        Who the heck is letting their kids watch at midnight?

        You know, sometimes you just want to unwind with a psycho Pesci character. But noooo the busy bodies have to take that away from me too.

  19. Fear the krokodil!

    Known on the street as "krokodil," the caustic homemade opiate is made from over-the-counter codeine-based headache pills mixed with iodine, gasoline, paint thinner or alcohol. When it's injected, the concoction destroys a user's tissue, turning the skin scaly and green like a crocodile. Festering sores, abscesses and blood poisoning are common.

    Frank LoVecchio, the co-medical director at the Banner Good Samaritan Poison & Drug Information Center, told KPHO-TV that Arizona health officials have seen two cases during the past week.

    BATHSALTS times 1000

    1. Everyone wants to be Schnappi!

      1. Warty was so cute when he was a baby. What happened?

    2. I think natural selection would be best served by letting people take that shit.

    3. That shit is actually insanely bad. Google images for "krokodil" - but only if you have a strong stomach.

  20. I canceled my Netflix subscription because I wasn't seeing enough ass.

    1. Even with Orange is the New Black and House of Cards? Lots of graphic sex and nudity in both.

      1. Er, no.
        There are sex scenes in Orange is the New Black, but everyone is pretty much fully clothed during them.

  21. What ever you guys do (fellow trollers and bloggers), don't miss the Recking Ball Video. It makes the VMAs look like Sunday Mass.

    Big fan of Miley

  22. I'm pretty sure you can't learn how to cook meth just by watching Breaking Bad.
    All it teaches you are that sudafed is somehow involved and it's important for you lab to be clean if you want to make it 96% pure.

    1. Yeah, I was surprised nobody else commented on that. The writers, producers, and science advisers have all said that while a bunch of the steps shown are real steps and the chemicals are real precursor chemicals, they've also mixed up steps from a bunch of different production methods and left stuff out.

      1. they've also mixed up steps from a bunch of different production methods and left stuff out.

        Gee, that's a good idea! It's not like cooking meth is dangerous or anything.

      2. Yeah... I'm torn on whether or not it deserves comment. On the one hand, it's complete bullshit. On the other hand, what did you expect?

  23. "And if she can drop an f-bomb at the VMA maybe she won't twerk again?"

    We can only hope.

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