Miley Cyrus’ new image appears to be ‘trendy’ and ‘exciting’ Her performance at the VMA’s gained an international response, especially on twitter where there were more than 300,000+ tweets per minute whilst it was going on. She did a mix of her own song ‘We can’t stop’ into a duet with the misogynistic singer Robin Thicke. This duet consisted of extreme attempts of tongue wagging and ‘twerking’/’groping’. I didn’t watch the performance at the time, instead I killed myself to watch the repeat, and here’s what I have to say about the whole thing.
Sorry Miley, but your new image is neither trendy nor exciting especially when it is clear that you have purposely chosen to exploit a lot of aspects of ‘Black’ culture. What people fail to understand is that Miley has something called WHITE PRIVILEGE, whilst she is praised for twerking, we have artists like Rihanna who is constantly slut shamed by the media and by music artists. We should also realise that in the ‘we can’t stop’ video and the VMA performance her back up dancers were BLACK and ANIMALISED. When I mean Animalised, I’m talking in terms of the costumes they wore to portray themselves. Does anyone else find this problematic? I want to know why these black women participated in this dance, and whether they see themselves objectified through a strong theme of racial hatred. When a white girl twerks, it’s entertaining, cool, young and hip but when a black girl twerks, it’s ghetto and trashy. Yes we have a problem.
Miley’s cultural appreciation was in fact racist and discriminatory to black people. She has imitated what she believes what blackness is, this imitation alone is shocking and disgusting. She is a good example of a person from a privileged dominant white culture. If you are black and you actually enjoy what Miley is doing I suggest you take a deeper look into the meaning behind all of this tomfoolery and open your eyes. Just a week ago, it was announced that Kanye West wants to pair up with Miley for a remix on his original song ‘Black Skinhead’. This song is already degrading, but adding Miley to the remix is just offensive. As a black woman I have realised that black men are the main reasons why black women are erased out of black culture, because they prefer to see and support NON blacks do everything black women have already done in the past and now. if in 2013 and this kind of cultural appropriation is still celebrated, then I think it’s fine to say our generation has gone downhill.
FYI WHAT MILEY WAS DOING WAS NOT ‘TWERKING’. THIS IN FACT IS A CRY FOR HELP.
This doesn’t actually mean that I’m open for slut shaming, by no means necessary is slut shaming appropriate for this subject, let alone appropriate at all.