PTC Slams Problematic Portrayals of Women at "Toned Down" VMAs

There was less twerking but still some troubling moments

After the Parents Television Council urged MTV to avoid a repeat of last year's twerk-heavy Miley Cyrus performance at this year's Video Music Awards, the family-values watchdog group seemed mostly pleased with Sunday night's less explicit content.

"MTV seemed to have toned down the VMA broadcast this year — at least compared to last year's cringe-inducing mess. The MTV broadcast standards team effectively muted out the most explicit profanity, and for that we are grateful," PTC president Tim Winter said in a statement.

But the PTC did express concerns about the way women were portrayed during the show and the inconsistency of featuring positive messages mixed with scantily clad dancers.

"It is perplexing that a performance would include, on the one hand, strong, positive written messages above the stage about honoring and respecting young women and ending gender-based double-standards, while on the other hand the female performers are on stripper poles with backup dancers in flesh-toned bikinis, and with female backup dancers wearing next to nothing while the male performers are mostly clothed," Winter added.

After last year's VMAs, including Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke's racy duet, the PTC blasted that year's show for its scandalous moments.