When I first heard about Miley’s twerk team & saw that first video, I didn’t have a problem with it. I found the whole thing amusing. I’ve never had a problem with Miley twerking. However, it has become about more than twerking at this point.
What’s bothering me is that Miley has taken to represent a culture that she doesn’t even really seem to understand. This isn’t just some fad you take up to spice up your life. It is a byproduct of hip hop culture that has been around for years. Miley is now playing Christopher Columbus to it & that’s the frustrating part.
Miley is representing this to people who are not familiar with it. So now to them they are going to define twerking as what she has taken to doing. This whole reckless, i don’t give a damn I’m just gonna shake my ass & act a fool bit that Miley has going on is not how twerking works. Twerking is a dance people have been doing for years. It’s just how certain kinds of music make you want to move.
Now that Miley has twerked at the VMAs white America is just full tilt into twerking. ABC Reports posted a scientific breakdown of what twerking is, analyzed by an actual scientist. Now twerking is being put into the dictionary. People have actually said that twerking is something popularized by Miley Cyrus. It’s the Harlem Shake all over again. You can’t just decide to take something over & act like you invented it.
And people seem to have no problem with Miley exploiting twerking. “Oh she’s just acting out, trying to show people she’s not Hannah Montana anymore.” It’s not that innocent. Now girls across the country are going to be twerking & acting up & is Miley going to get blamed for it? Not really. It’s all gonna come back to hip hop & black people.
And for all you black people trying to distance yourself from twerking & saying things like “Oh so now black people are the only ones who can be ratchet?”, let me say this, you can try to push it off to be good, acceptable African Americans all you want, you’re still black. We started this. It’s ours. Deal with it.
What do you thinking about Miley & the twerking issue?