I have never watched MTV. We don’t have cable or satellite now and even when I did have cable or satellite I wasn’t interested. I really don’t like much of the music of the past one hundred years or so, and I was never interested in watching music videos. Well, according to Brent Bozell, I’m not missing much.
It’s so ironic that in the very midst of the Anthony Weiner Twitter scandal, television’s most shameless channel, MTV, is working overtime to make any notion of sexual restraint obsolete. This year’s MTV Movie Awards aerobically established a new low.
Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are starring in the upcoming summer comedy “Friends with Benefits,” yet another movie exploring the “dream life” of casual and very cold sex. As they introduced the award for Best Male Performance, Timberlake and Kunis grabbed each other’s private parts on national TV.
Reflect for just a moment on what Weiner did, the medium he chose and the audience he was addressing. Now consider this action, which was raunchier — and on national television, aimed at an audience of millions of children.
The two actors are rumored to be dating in real life, but Kunis joked, “We’re like brother and sister.” Timberlake added, “Totally platonic relationship, which is why I can do this” — and he grabbed and held both of Kunis’ breasts.
Kunis replied, “And it’s why I can do this,” as she grabbed Timberlake’s crotch and held on.
It gets worse, if that is even possible.
There were no less than 20 sexual depictions or discussions during this “awards” show. There were twisted homosexual jokes, too. When actor Ryan Reynolds of the forthcoming superhero movie “Green Lantern” came on stage, the gag was that several men in the front row were having green-laser erections. To get this phenomenon to stop, Reynolds told them to imagine a naked Donald Trump in leather chaps on a white horse.
MTV “Jackass” star Steve-O apologized for his arousal: “I’m sorry, dude, but Donald Trump is gorgeous … I want him inside me.”
“Twilight” star Robert Pattinson, a heartthrob to millions of teenage girls, even dropped an unbleeped F-bomb. Pattinson joked to Reese Witherspoon that she was slated to play his mother in the 2004 movie “Vanity Fair,” but his part was cut. This year, he played her lover in the movie “Water for Elephants” and “I did f— you.” This, he said, left him with the lesson, “As you get older, you realize it’s not always a bad thing to have sexual chemistry with your mother.”
Witherspoon was at least bleeped when she replied: “I played your mother, then we had a sex scene. So you’re really the best mother (bleeper) in Hollywood.” Classy MTV. It’s where dignity goes to die.
I don’t know quite what to say to this. I can’t imagine what sort of producer would think that this was good for young people to see.