Twerking in 2013: A Miley Cyrus Story
I am going to make this as short and non-repulsive to the masses as possible.
I feel sympathy for Miley Cyrus post VMA twerk-performance backlash.
The last time I heard, the former Hannah Montana star’s net worth is over $150 million dollars, yet I still feel bad for her after the insane ridicule she’s been getting since Sunday evening.
I do not listen to her music and I do not care much for trying to know it, but I do know that some of the Tweets I have read the past few days are downright cruel. First of all, women should never judge the bodies of other women. That’s a general rule. So when the pictures of her ass flattened down by that pleather getup started to circulate the web, I was reminded just how hateful people can be for the sake of a Retweet. Is Miley Cyrus in bad shape? HECK NO. A bad angle and bad timing for the singer, a shining moment for the girl or guy who snapped the picture on their cell. Could any of us have pulled off that nude bikini any better? Maybe. I, for one, know one of my legs wouldn’t even get half-way through those panties.
If girlfriend wants to twerk (bend over and shake her ass) on Robin Thicke, do it. Wait… is twerking new? Did Miley Cyrus invent it? I am pretty sure at clubs around the world, young women are face down, ass up all the time… and have been doing it long before Miley did it on stage.
When Rihanna takes photos of herself smoking a blunt naked and posts it to her 9.4 million Instagram followers, all anyone can chalk it up to is that she’s “sexy” and “sexual” and that’s “just Rihanna.” Rihanna was never a 21-year old pop princess before. Oh wait, yes she was! She was a little thing from Barbados skipping around to her hit Pon de Replay, an innocent song about dancing to some DJ.
Stages of life, my friends. Britney did it, Christina did it, Selena Gomez is currently doing it and no one seems to notice. Miley is a millionaire, she’s a singer and she’s an entertainer of sorts… don’t call her a role model, but I don’t think she calls herself one.
E! Online reports that the Parent’s Television Council is claiming that Miley’s behavior Sunday evening was a sexual exploit on behalf of MTV. “This much is absolutely clear: MTV marketed adults-only material to children while falsely manipulating the content rating to make parents think the content was safe for their children.”
The PTC went on to say, “How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds? How is it appropriate for children to watch Lady Gaga strip down to a bikini in the opening act?” Two words, it’s NOT. So turn off the station and tell your kids to open a damn book.
At the end of the day the Video Music Awards is brought to you by MTV, a station with programs like 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom. If you are a parent and you thought there’d be no sexual innuendos, no scantily clad pop singers, no rappers grabbing their man bits…. you have been living in a cave.
There are no standards for mainstream media anymore and that goes for news stations as well. We choose what we invest our time watching, so when you put on the VMA’s instead of a program on Discovery Channel, you get what you tuned in for.