There is no doubt that the Miley Cyrus VMA performance garnered a lot of media and social media attention. There are Facebook posts, tweets, YouTube parodies and more. If Miley Cyrus and her handlers were aiming for attention, it is safe to say they have succeeded by a landslide.
There are outcries from both sides of the fence, as well as those who don’t appear to have an opinion at all.
One notable social share of Cyrus’ performance has a bit of a twist. It is in the form of a challenge that has gone out to Facebook. Jim Townsend has posted a photo of Cyrus and Robin Thicke on one side, with a picture of a nursing mother on the other side.
Here is what Mr. Townsend has to say about each photo:
Cyrus and Thicke:
In American media today, this is considered OK to show on TV. It’s not restricted. Your kids can watch it! It may raise a few eyebrows, but the absense of nipples or genitalia in the image meets the federal guidelines for viewing by the general public.
This image is not allowed on network TV… This image is not allowed on Facebook and I’m betting it will be removed within 24 hours. Which America do you want your children to grow up in?
At the time of the writing of this article, the image could be found on Facebook.com.
According to Townsend, Facebook has already asked him to remove the photo, for nudity reasons. However, Townsend and those who agree with him, are determined to illustrate that if one photo (Cyrus and Thicke) is allowed, the other (nursing mother) should also be allowed and they are challenging Facebook to illustrate the point that skin + simulated sexual acts are allowed while skin in a natural act of motherhood (without any nipple showing) is not allowed.
So far, the image has received almost 7500 likes and almost 17,000 shares. It will be interesting to see if this message is allowed to remain on the Facebook social platform. It will help us to answer the question of “How much skin does social media allow?” More importantly, it may give some insight on what type of skin is allowed and not allowed. Possibly, the approach is incorrect and the question is not about skin but about whose skin.
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