MTV marks 40th anniversary with a new ‘Moon Person’ design

MTV is marking its 40th anniversary with a relaunch of its iconic image of an astronaut on the moon, with an MTV flag planted nearby.

On Sunday, the media community unveiled a large scale “Moon Person” throughout a ceremony at NASA’s Kennedy Place Middle in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The new structure was motivated by a Moon Individual image established this 12 months by Kehinde Wiley, who painted the portrait of previous President Barack Obama for the Smithsonian Countrywide Portrait Gallery. In an interview this 7 days with The Related Press, MTV Amusement President and CEO Chris McCarthy claimed that the image of place travel in good shape well with the spirit of its young viewers.

“This is our 3rd generation that we’re reinventing for. Gen Z is by considerably one particular of the most interesting, very resourceful and optimistic generations,” he claimed. “And so we imagined, “Let’s go back to the origins and do it with NASA, but seriously do it about the future frontier, which represents technology Z and definitely represents a stunning moon individual that Kehinde built and in which we’re likely to be heading up coming.’”


NASA footage of the historic Apollo 11 landing in 1969, with the MTV flag added to the blend, have been the very first pictures to show up on MTV back again on August 1, 1981, and the initial online video was the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star.” MTV vastly expanded the electric power of visual photos in the tunes marketplace and has since broadly expanded its achieve, broadcasting around the world and including such influential channels and packages as VH1, Comedy Central and the early truth exhibit “The Serious World.”

Soon after enthusiasts, reviewers, songs sector leaders and this kind of artists as David Bowie criticized the channel for airing films of almost only white performers in its very first several years, MTV began actively playing extra Michael Jackson and other Black artists who proved remarkably well-liked. The hip-hop plan “Yo! MTV Raps,” which debuted in the U.S. in 1988, was lauded for highlighting a subculture which ultimately turned mass lifestyle.

“I would be lying if I didn’t say that we created mistakes along the way. A single of the bigger mistakes in the early decades was not enjoying plenty of numerous tunes,” McCarthy reported. “So we undoubtedly have had our bumps in the highway and designed some errors. But the awesome factor that I’ve normally figured out at MTV is we have no challenge proudly owning our blunders, speedily correcting them and hoping to do the correct matter and usually observe where by the viewers is likely.”


MTV now has a wide presence on social media, with more than 700 million followers of MTV Leisure.

“We introduced as a video clip channel on what was the new medium of the time in 1981, which, really hard to feel, that was cable,” McCarthy explained. “I imagine the enjoyable and attention-grabbing matter about MTV … is to continually have to blow your self up and fail to remember every little thing you realized in buy for us to recreate a brand new entity for just about every era.”


This story corrects the reference to Comedy Central in paragraph 4.

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