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MTV awards- Is this really funny? September 9, 2008

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Christian youth often struggle with between enjoying the culture and recognizing that much of it goes against their core beliefs. Examples like MTV music awards have a way of bringing that conflict to the surface. While teens may have wanted to see which bands or musicians would receive which award, it was obvious that the content by controversial host Russell Brand would push the limits. After all, he is hosting the MTV music awards, not the GOP convention. Controversy is what MTV was looking for and controversy is what they got:
If his aim was to be noticed by America, Russell Brand more than achieved his goal last night as he ranted that President Bush was a “retarded cowboy” while hosting the MTV awards. The British comedian, who is a virtual unknown in America, left the crème of the music world stunned as he championed Barack Obama, ran down George Bush and made lewd jokes about the Christian pop band Jonas Brothers.

Of course,  not everyone was laying down and taking it. Notice…

American Idol winner turned chart-topper Jordin Sparks was so incensed by a joke about Christian band Jonas Brothers that she launched her own tirade at the host. The teenage singer, who wears a ring symbolising her belief in abstaining from sex until marriage, snapped at Brand: “I just want to say, it’s not bad to wear a promise ring because not every guy and girl wants to be a slut, OK?”

There were probably a few awkward moments for Christian teens watching the show that night.

Here are some key Worldview questions to think about:

1. How do you think young Christians felt watching the awards? Explain.

2. Do you think it is OK for Christians to watch programs like MTV, knowing that along the way there will be objectionable material? What should be our attitude?   Explain.

3. If you had the same opportunity to respond to Mr. Brand as Jordan Sparks, would you have come out against him? If so, how would you have done it?

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