Officials at America's Parents Television Council slammed Miley Cyrus and MTV bosses following the pop star's risque outfits and the choice language used as she hosted the Video Music Awards on August 30.
President Tim Winter insisted Miley, 22, was a poor choice for host when it was announced she'd be fronting the 2015 ceremony, reported Entertainment Weekly.
"I understand there are times when people want to reach low and may be there's an audience for it and there's a time when it's the right thing to do. (But) the ubiquitous messaging of drugs or drug use as something positive and something to laugh at is wholly inappropriate for people as young as 14. It's a gross violation of the spirit and the letter of the content-rating system," he said. (In Pics: The 10 Outrageous Outfits Miley Cyrus Wore at the VMAs)
Mr Winter said MTV chose to give the VMAs a TV-14 rating. "Even though they had content I think most parents would find absolutely outrageous. They had a great platform to do something positive. Last year, Miley won the award for Wrecking Ball and she had somebody go up and accept the award to bring attend to the homeless problem, and rather than using her platform this year for something positive, we learned that she really likes marijuana."