Miley Cyrus Putting the Twerk To Work

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Submitted by Don Graham
Photo: Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus

At the 2013 VMA Awards Miley Cyrus started a firestorm of controversy around the globe when she “twerked” with singer Robin Thicke.  She  what??? TWERKED !!! What does that  mean “twerked”? Here is an attempt at explaining the action.

Twerking is a dance move that involves a person, usually a woman, shaking her hips in an up and down motion causing  the dancer to shake, "wobble" and "jiggle." According to the Oxford Dictionary Online to twerk is "moving the hips in an up-and-down bouncing motion, causing the dancer 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.’ The word "twerking" is of uncertain origin. Possibilities include a contraction of "footwork" or a portmanteau of twist and jerk.

In the United States, twerking was introduced into hip-hop culture by way of the New Orleans bounce music scene. In 1993, DJ Jubilee recorded the dance tune "Do The Jubilee All" in which he chanted, "Twerk baby, twerk baby, twerk, twerk, twerk. The video for the song increased the popularity of twerking. In 1995 New Orleans-based rapper Cheeky Blakk recorded the song "Twerk Something!" a call-and-response dance song dedicated to twerking. In 1997 DJ Jubilee recorded "Get Ready, Ready" in which he encouraged listeners to "Twerk it!".

Alan and Robin ThickeAlan and Robin ThickeSo why all the fuss??? Was it that bad? Not really. It’s all subjective. “ Back in the day” as they say, Elvis was considered sexual with his gyrating hips and thrusting pelvis. But also back in the day young boys got aroused looking at scantily clad women in brassiere ads  and  what was considered real “bare naked ladies”!! Our moral bar wasn’t really higher, just more limited. I mean gosh golly guys even Ricky and Lucy couldn’t sleep in the same bed! And they were married! And Lucille couldn’t be identified as “pregnant”, she was in a family way!! Point is, today with nudity in movies and the internet with XXX access, kids today don’t have the same taboos as prior generations. I guess folks expected more from Miley! Why? When her dad, Billy Ray was ripping off his tank top at shows and throwing it into the crowd wasn’t that a little racy for a “country boy”, bare-chested?  Heck from his moves, rumour was he used to be a Chippendale dancer. So Miley was showing us she’s an adult, capable of making adult decisions and responsible for her own actions.

Let her be!! It’s better to do what she did than spit on your fans, pee is a wash bucket and shove a cell phone down your pants! And Miley will be just fine, she can sing. Cut her some slack.
The unaccountable one in the whole mess is Robin Thicke. My goodness, he’s a married man and a dad!!! What would Jason Seaver think???

Gotta get back twerk!