Miley Cyrus' VMA Performance Strikes a Chord With Many

(NECN: Kathryn Sotnik, Newton, Mass.) - Whether or not you watched it, it's the performance everyone is talking, blogging and tweeting about -- former Disney star Miley Cyrus' performance Sunday night at the MTV's video music awards.

Cyrus, wearing a "barely-there" outfit, could be seen suggestively dancing on fellow performer Robin Thicke, even acting out sex acts with a foam hand.

In Newton Center Monday night, families reacted to the performance.

Teenager Lini Cohen said, "she used to be my idol and I just think she's weird now."

"Everybody is tweeting about it and how uncomfortable it is and how much she changed because she used to not be this disgusting," Caroline Henry, a Boston College student, said.

"Just inappropriate and I hope to God my daughter would never do anything like that," joked one mother.

David Bickham, an instructor of pediatrics at Boston's Children's Hospital, says his key reaction was that the performance reiterates a message "that's pretty common in our media that the sexualization of young girls is their primary tool."

MTV is now facing some sharp criticism from the Parents Television Council, a non-profit that fights explicit TV programming.

The council takes issue with the network for branding the show with a TV 14 rating saying, "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."

The council also criticized MTV for airing a condom commercial during the first commercial break.

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