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CAN you imagine Nicki Minaj doing a family-friendly performance of Anaconda at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards?

MTV better hope so, or there are going to be some strongly worded emails filling organizers' inboxes.

Parents Television Council president Tim Winter wrote a letter to Janet Borelli, senior VP of standards and practices at MTV, with TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board, on copy, according to Billboard.

"While last year's Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke performance garnered most of the headlines after the fact, the sexually charged and otherwise inappropriate content of the show was not limited to them. Even more troubling was... that MTV still applied a TV-14 rating to the program, despite other adult-oriented performances and advertising messages. Such a rating was simply unacceptable to the families who depend on the television ratings system to be applied accurately and to the millions of families whose children are marketed to by MTV. The 2013 VMAs were a public relations kerfuffle for your network that I feel certain you will not wish to repeat."

 

-- USA Today

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 20, 2014 D2

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