A lot of people had a problem with Miley Cyrus’ twerking demonstration at the MTV Video Music Awards. A lot of people. Like, if you went on Facebook at any point in the past four days, you’ve probably read at least three dissertations on slut-shaming and rape culture.
Now an authority on the issue of twerking is coming forward to critique Miley’s performance: Big Freedia, Queen of Bounce and RuPaul BFF, told Fuse that, while it’s nice the dance is getting some attention, it’s offensive how Miley Cyrus was co-opting African-American culture.
…It’s offensive to black culture and black women who’ve been twerking for years… Every time we do something, people want to snatch it and run with it and put their name on it. And they still don’t even have the moves down yet. Just get me and Miley together so I could give her ass some lessons.
Freedia also breaks down where Miley went wrong with her technique:
For one thing, we have a dance in bounce music called “exercising” where you just open your legs and shake your butt a little bit from side to side. It was that part she did in front of Robin Thicke, but she still didn’t even get that right because she didn’t have any butt control. She needs more practice.
He also agrees with critics who called the performance a minstrel show:
It should’ve been someone else having those dancers up there and not Miley Cyrus. We want to empower women of all walks of life to express themselves through dance music. I definitely push that at a Big Freedia show and I have a lot of white fans who get up there and really twerk… They’re just using anybody possible just to get that buzz since twerking is hot now.”
Well, Miley has at least one fan: Her dad. Country singer Biley Ray Cyrus tweeted, “Mile, if twerkin woulda been invented…. And I had a foam finger…. I woulda done the same thang you did.” – DAD”
Hmm… shave off the mullet and we’d be into it.
Big Freedia will star in the unscripted Fuse series Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce starting October 2.