It’s been the talk of the TV, radio, even Facebook (for some). Miley Cyrus performed at the MTV Video Music Awards last Sunday doing what she called “twerking,” which has been blowing up Twitter and, according to Fox 5 tweet in Atlanta, has made its way into the Oxford dictionary.
The term “twerkalipse” was used, fairly crafty I might add, by Colleen and Bradley on MyTalk 107.1 FM. They used it to refer to all the hype the word’s been causing – 33 high school kids doing the dance and getting suspended in San Diego. Beyond blowing up on Twitter – Colleen says even the Russian president has tweeted that he will not offer Miley asylum (on the off-chance she tries to flee the country in shame, we’re to assume…) and the pope chimed in – Miley’s been on the hot seat for her extra sexual performance on Sunday’s VMAs. Most notably taking a stand against Cyrus was MSNBC Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski, who called her and her performance “disturbing, disgusting, and embarrassing.” Mika also added that Miley inevitably has confidence issues and, apparently, an eating disorder (she seems fine to me, what what do I know, right?).
Here’re some fascinating tidbits for you guys: according to this very insightful article, “twerking” was originally coined by Beyonce in the song “Check on it” in 2006 that later appeared on the Black Panther’s soundtrack. The lyrics were: “dip it, pop it, twerk it, stop it.” This has then set off this so-called Twerkalipse, got people copying it and making their own videos.
When asked she felt about Miley and young children seeing her Sunday’s performance, Cheryl T of Cebu, Philippines said:
“If I have a kid, I will allow them to see this music and I will explain to them also this is only a song and it’s not to be serious, even if it’s bad. Cindy Lauper and Madonna – I liked the way they acted when they sang their own bad songs (she meant – provocative lyrics).”
Alex F. of Brooklyn, NY said: “Its OK (dirty dancing in public performances), as long as this isn’t the only thing that she has to offer on stage; meaning that she can sing and act.” He also added that Madonna’s an example where provocative dance moves seem to go along with talented singing and acting. As to whether kids are affected by it, he said, “kids should never be allowed as an audience on such a performance.” But then he added that Brooklyn “kids” might themselves teach Miley a thing-or-two about sex. Then Alex proceeded to point out that America is too obsessed with pedophilia and doesn’t spend enough effort on helping the homeless – help them find a job, affordable healthcare. He himself has struggled to find a job for years in his programming field, and now is forced to leave the country because of a very fierce and unforgiving job market.
Jeff Bublitz, an American living in Tokyo had also pointed out that Madonna has done worse, but she didn’t come fresh from the “hands” of Disney: “Well, [Cyrus] is stupid because she used to be a role model for kids with Disney. Madonna was never with Disney and didn’t need to act innocent unlike Miley.”
And Lucia B. of New Brunswick, Canada apparently never allows her kids to watch YouTube without her presence. She says, “[Kids] discover sexuality quick enough; I don’t think they need to see them things (people dancing too sexually) at a young age.”
So, there you have it. A very controversial subject the new, grown-up Hanna Montana has got us all head-over-heels in cross-fire debate over. Joe Scarborough has even mentioned that Robin Thicke was being used over this.
But, truly, are kids hurt by this, or are they either too young to understand why these singers are dancing so close together, while the older ones take it with a glass of chocolate milk, swallow it, and not jump to recreating these moves themselves? How much do the so-called “role models” affect our kids? Personally, I think kids look up more to those they can see, touch, and hear in real life, not on TV. And their decisions to have sex and dance dirty when given the chance to may have little to do with how their favorite singers dance when they’re doing their job on stage. That’s one theory – what’s yours?