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Parents Television Council Blasts MTV's VMAs Over Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga Performances

08/26/2013 02:47 pm ET | Updated Aug 27, 2013

The Parents Television Council (PTC) isn't happy with MTV's Video Music Awards (VMAs). The watchdog group is charging MTV with marketing sex to minors.

"MTV has once again succeeded in marketing sexually charged messages to young children using former child stars and condom commercials -- while falsely rating this program as appropriate for kids as young as 14. This is unacceptable,” Dan Isett, PTC's director of public policy, said in a statement.

The PTC is particularly unhappy with Miley Cyrus' performance and Lady Gaga's opening act.

"This much is absolutely clear: MTV marketed adults-only material to children while falsely manipulating the content rating to make parents think the content was safe for their children. MTV continues to sexually exploit young women by promoting acts that incorporate ‘twerking’ in a nude-colored bikini. How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds? How is it appropriate for children to watch Lady Gaga strip down to a bikini in the opening act? How is it appropriate for 14-year-olds to see a condom commercial and a promo for an R-rated movie during the first commercial break?" the statement continues.

The PTC is urging Congress to pass the Television Consumer Freedom Act, which would give viewers the ability to choose and pay for cable networks they want. "After MTV’s display last night," the PTC said, "it’s time to give control back to consumers."

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