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Unless you live in a cave, I’m betting that by now you’ve at least heard about Miley Cyrus’s bizarre, X-rated performance at last night’s MTV Video Music Awards. The 20-year-old diva danced and sang (if you can call it that) her hit song “We Can’t Stop” and performed a duet with Robin Thicke to “Blurred Lines.” In short, as a parent, I was mortified.

Personally, I’m wishing there was a way I could unsee the horror Miley decided to bestow on her audience, because the images of what used to be sweet little Hannah Montana twerking in nude underwear, dancing with giant teddy bears (a staple of innocent youth), gyrating on poor (married, with a 3-year-old) Robin Thicke, and using a giant foam finger in a way that it should never, ever, be used are burned into my brain for life.

When wondering what kind of teaching moment I can take from Miley’s raunchy antics, I’m a bit flummoxed. We all know that there’s a fine line between shocking and titillating a young audience and pure trash. The VMAs notoriously like to stir things up. We all remember Madonna kissing Britney, and while that moment seemed oh-so-shocking at the time, Miley’s pornographic gyrations made that naughty smooch seem almost G-rated.

I’m not sure whether Miley is trying to distance herself as far as she can from her squeaky clean Hannah Montana image, get back at her divorcing parents (and the rumored infidelities of dad Billy Ray), or just really making some impossibly bad choices, but I can’t help but feel sorry for Miley. She clearly needs help.

It’s interesting, too, that I’m clearly not the only one who was shocked and disgusted by Miley’s antics on live television. Will Smith and his family had a pretty epic reaction to her performance as well as Rihanna and One Direction.

Just because Miley is 20 doesn’t mean she doesn’t need some parental guidance here. Let’s hope Miley’s mom Tish attempts to undo some of the damage. In the meantime, while my kids can enjoy listening to some of Miley’s milder music on the radio in the car, where I can supervise them, her videos are no longer welcome at our house.

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