Miley Cyrus performance turns internet red hot
Miley Cyrus’s raunchy performance at the MTV Video Music Awards stole the show but sent the internet into over-drive.PT0M52S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2snds 620 349 August 27, 2013
This week I Googled the term ''twerking''. Oh my, what an assortment of results it turned up, but nothing quite as shocking as the mock outrage and tut-tutting that filled the airwaves this week after Miley Cyrus ''twerked'' at the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday.
For the uninitiated, twerking is the term given to a dance style that requires one to thrust one's bottom out in time with music while squatting in heels and bobbing up and down. Occasionally, there is a side-to-side gyration, along with a rapid-fire backward thrust; it just depends on the music tempo.
As you can imagine, the dance is designed to be seen from the rear, so lots of saucy over-the-shoulder glances and lip-licking are a must.
Couple of twerks: Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke perform at the MTV Video Music Awards. Photo: Getty Images
A big booty also helps.
It sounds most unbecoming, and it certainly was when I gave it a go in the bathroom mirror, though admittedly, it is difficult to twerk along to Abba.
But while I will be sticking to Dancing Queen in flats, I have to admit that when an accomplished twerker does their ''thang'', it does capture one's attention.
Bonkers fashion from the MTV VMA awards 2013
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: (L-R) Musicians Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles of One Direction attend the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Photo: Getty
On Monday, Cyrus well and truly buried her Disney alter ego, Hannah Montana, when she took to the stage and twerked in a flesh-coloured bikini, heels and lurid make-up to perform the most over-played song of 2013 - Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines.
With her tongue inexplicably darting out of the sides of her huge mouth, she marched on to the stage brandishing a giant foam finger glove.
Then, with her rather scrawny behind, she did a fairly tame version of the twerk compared with what the hip-hop ladies are doing on YouTube and in the clubs of LA.
Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke. Photo: Reuters
Essentially, Miley's routine saw her swap her face for her derriere, and at times it was difficult to tell which orifice she was actually singing out of, though it was her bum that got all the close-ups.
Next morning, those arbiters of modern morality, breakfast television commentators (and yes, I've been one of those, too) were labelling Cyrus ''trashy'' and a ''bad role model for all those young girls out there who look up to her''.
Oh please, people, get over it.
Kylie Minogue did it all before in her gold hot pants.
And Cyrus is practically a nun compared with some of the rock goddesses who have writhed before her.
I still have vivid memories of watching Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett lying on-stage wearing a too-short school tunic, fishnets and suspenders and thrusting her pelvis as she sang All the Boys in Town. That was 25 years ago.
Let's not even start on Grace Jones, who still manages to get her naked bottom out on stage … despite it having ''dropped'' considerably since the '80s.
So, when it comes to twerking and Miley Cyrus, there is absolutely nothing to worry about.
The young folk are well and truly awake to what is going on: a cynical media stunt designed to generate just the sort of hand-wringing moralising we have endured this week.
Cyrus herself confirmed this when she tweeted the day after her performance: ''Smilers! My VMA performance had 306,000 tweets per minute. That's more than the blackout or Superbowl! #fact.''
Let's not forget, this is the daughter of the singing mullet, Billy Ray Cyrus, whose 1992 single Achy Breaky Heart introduced Australia to dual horrors from the US midwest: line dancing and bedazzled chambray shirts.
This family has form when it comes to crimes against good taste.
Now, as any teenager would agree, the fastest way for anything to become uncool is when it becomes mainstream.
By Tuesday, twerking had definitely become mainstream - Ray Hadley was even doing it on national breakfast television.
And you can bet your bottom dollar that somewhere deep in the suburbs of Sydney there are housewives twerking at their local Zumba class this weekend.