What was so awful about Miley Cyrus at the VMAs?

What was so awful about Miley Cyrus at the VMAs?

The problem was not too much sexiness. The problem was in using black women as props. Here are some links to follow for better analysis.

  1. New at the R: Miley Cyrus, Feminism, and the Struggle for Black Recognition: racialicious.com/?p=31308
  2. When Your (Brown) Body is a (White) Wonderland | tressiemc ow.ly/okgng
  3. Below are some excerpts from certain “interesting” comments on her article.
  4. Dissenting opinion: Cyrus as advocate for rotund black women. Sure, that’s one way to go. tressiemc.com/2013/08/27/whe…
  5. “I wouldn’t use the word brilliant for her thought process, more like retarded.” tressiemc.com/2013/08/27/whe…
  6. I have visceral reactions to use of “retarded” for personal reasons but I allow critique. tressiemc.com/2013/08/27/whe…
  7. “the race that used to be oppressed is priding themselves on oppressing their former oppressors. I am a black woman” bit.ly/1dnTmM5
  8. “YOU ARE A SET BACK TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. Your holding yourself and your people back” bit.ly/14EDobZ #your
  9. Miley Cyrus Trying To Racialize Herself: Minstrel or Thief? wp.me/p260C2-wX
  10. The Trouble With Miley carolynedgar.com/2013/08/28/the… via @carolynedgar
  11. This is a gentler criticism of Miley’s performance than most, but it’s still valuable. Short version: cultural appropriation can be tolerated when it’s done well. She did it very, very badly. It’s so offensive because it’s lazy and poorly thought-out. That she gave such a badly executed, under-designed performance says a lot about how she thinks of the culture she’s presuming to emulate.

2 thoughts on “What was so awful about Miley Cyrus at the VMAs?

  1. I totally agree. I found the racist undertones to be far more offensive than the raunchiness. She is a grown woman. She can dance however she wants.

    • Right! I have no problem with her wearing vinyl undies and rubbing her backside against a dude’s package onstage. I also would like to note that Robin Thicke should not be let off the hook for his participation in that trainwreck. And the VMA organizers are responsible for giving those idiots an audience for their ridiculous display of minstrelsy.

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