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Miley Cyrus’ Twerking: A Good Idea or a Huge Mistake

Miley CyrusVMA performance last Sunday is still earning both the public’s ire and approval (?) up to now.  Judging from the publicity’s point of view, the twerking worked and did well for her.  But where do you really draw the line?  Fans of Miley Cyrus are confused.


Hannah Montana no more?

The sweet innocent girl we’ve all learned to love from the hit TV series Hannah Montana have clearly grown up in real life.  And it’s a remarkable thing that Miley Cyrus was able to break free from the girly image when she was starting at Disney Chanel.  She was able to break into the music scene with hit song after hit song.  Miley Cyrus has once again succeeded in her transformation into an empowered woman with talents and charisma.

Miley Cyrus

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Then the twerking happens.

That faithful Sunday night, on the much awaited VMA 2013, the much talked about twerking happened.  Sharing the stage with Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus with much enthusiasm began twerking around the stage with dancers and gigantic teddy bears as they performed the songs Blurred Lines and We Can’t Stop.  And for whatever reason, the twerking with the tongue out is not enough; she has to do raunchier dancing with the aid of her foam finger.

Any parents watching would be horrified, imagine their teenage kids watching such a performance.

Miley Cyrus twerking

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Twerking defined

According to Wikipedia, “Twerking is a dance move that involves a person, usually a woman, shaking her hips in an up-and-down bouncing motion, causing the dancer to shake, “wobble” and “jiggle.”According to the Oxford Dictionary Online to twerk is “to dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.” Twerking carries both gendered and racialized connotations.”


Racism, slut-shaming and the twerking

While the dance act of ‘twerking’ itself is still not approved by the public in general, sighting the move to be sexually provocative and obviously not deemed appropriate especially for the younger crowds – twerking in nude-colored bikinis simply proved to be too much.

A lot has been said since that controversial performance.  People called it degrading, illicit racist act and even resulted to slut-shaming.

The public’s reaction is quite understandable.  The disbelief that such a performance was allowed by MTV on air and rated it to be suitable for 14-year olds is quite understandable.  Probably, there was an overreaction; probably what’s being said about Miley these past few days is too much – again that’s quite understandable.

The public is merely reacting to this:


Is the VMA twerking a good idea or a huge mistake?

So, if you’re wondering if there are any regrets about the twerking-in-the-nude-bikini-with-foam-finger performance, here’s what Miley tweeted after the performance:

"Smilers! My VMA performance had 306.000 tweets per minute. That’s more than the blackout or Superbowl! #fact"– Miley Ray Cyrus @MileyCyrus


Image courtesy of www.reuters.com


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