Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Twerk Miley, Twerk!

I think its safe to say that Twerking is having the best week ever (does that show even still come on?). It is now officially a word in the Oxford Dictionary. The whole Twerking phenomena...i'm blown by it to be completely honest. Its not like booty-shaking is something new. I'm sure ladies in caves were twerkin sum'n while their cave-dude-boos were out slaying saber tooth tigers.

What's even more confounding to me is what the dance has become. The first time i ever encountered Twerking in it current fashion was when i was a freshman in college. And back then, the only people i ever saw twerking were gay dudes. And to this day i still say that Twerking is for dudes. They are infinitely better at it than any woman i've ever seen.

Contrary to the title, Miley Cyrus need not ever show nor shake her flapjack ass ever again. It wasn't cute the first time she decided she wanted to be "ratchet" and it clearly wasn't cute at the VMAs (which thankfully i didn't see but was brought up to speed by fb and twitter).

Likewise, can folks please stop saying Twerking is some sort of off-shoot from "African dance" because 1- there is no such thing as African Dance. Africa is a very big place with hundreds if not thousands of individual cultures. I think its a stretch to even think, let alone declare, that there is any one thing that we ALL do that not only is exactly the same in appearance/practice, but also has the exact same meaning. And 2, even if there was...ya'll know good and darn well that Twerking ain't nothing more than some updated stripper moves akin to p-poppin on a handstand and makin it clap (and there's nothing wrong with that). Be real with ya selves.

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  1. The title made me laugh so hard. Lol. Miley twerking here, there, everywhere. I don't know why anyone figure it's an African dance. Like you said, what exactly is an African dance anyway? Lol. When I think of real like twerking I reflect upon that 2 Live Crew.

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    1. Right? That's what i've been saying. Booty popping ain't nothin new so i don't know why people are trying to legitimize it as some sort of "paying homage to the motherland and out African blood" cultural thing. The only thing cultural about it is that black women were the only ones with booties to pop in the first place lol.

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  2. Twerking has been around for a while oh,lol all those big bottomed women in Nigeria would twerk mehn.... About over a decade later they found a name for it.

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    1. Booties have been shaking since the first booty discovered it could shake lol. But i doubt highly that the Twerk Team folks were watching any mapouka or bobaraba videos when they came up with the idea. So they should just carry go with all this 'african roots' business.

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  3. I literally spit milk out my mouth at 'flapjack ass.' I don't think she thought she'd get the reaction she did when she took that stage, and whatever she was doing--it def wasn't twerking. I skipped the show, but couldn't help but watch a clip of it when I kept hearing how painfully awkward her set was. Maybe I'm just showing my age, but little white Disney girls who cherry pick the most skanky ratchet stereotypically 'black' behavior and execute it on stage with absolutely no rhythm thinking they're being grown and sexy is NOT cute.

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    1. flapjack ass is a phrase i coined long ago but is quite befitting lol. This is how these lil all-american types decide to be cool...by acting "urban". Miley Cyrus' and Justin Biebers of the world are going to continue on with this foolishness til they've gotten all the attention they need, then they'll go back to their mansions and millions and pretend it never happened just like all those other 2520s who've pulled these stunts before them.

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  4. Not sure i know what twerking is. Not sure i wanna know. And even if i wanted to know, Miley Cyrus wouldn't be my model sic.

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    1. Twerking = 2000s version of booty shaking. I'd pull up a vid but i'm at work and not tryna get fired for look at raunchy material lol. Anywho, Miley Cyrus is the example of how not to twerk!

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  5. Lmao at flapjack ass. Miley keeps winning every time we talk about her

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    1. I'm just mad that there are people cheering her own, mostly black men but that honestly doesn't surprise me. She looks a mess. Tryna be Pink meets Rihanna meets Madonna...and failing miserably at it.

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  6. @Prism, I don't about Miley winning when the world talks. I think she did herself out of many potential contracts just by that one performance. I doubt many artists and/or actors will want to share the stage or set with her in the near future. In that industry, reputation is a currency. She just emptied her piggy bank. As for twerking being African *eyeroll* #enoughsaid

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    1. oops typo - I meant i don't know* about Miley winning....

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    2. I still haven't seen the whole performance but from the images i have seen, i don't doubt that there's some people who have probably given a second thought to whether or not they wanna work with her. She was super duper over the top!

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  7. Miley Miley...i think she needs to take a seat and er not on anyone's lap :)

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    1. Toinlicious...LOOL!

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    2. She needs to take all the seats in the stadium...
      starting with this one --> \_

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  8. Miley is trying very hard to be 'ratchet' and i wonder where her dad is in all these,he used to be her role model (or so i'd always believed).Oh well,at least i can now play it in scrabble.hehehehe

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    1. Her dad is probably somewhere hiding is face in shame. I know i would be.
      LOL @ using the word in scrabble

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  9. I compared Twerking to egwu ukwu, but some moves in Twerking pass Igbo women sha, LOL..

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    1. hehehe, thats the closest comparison i came to at first too, but the mechanics really are different. I know way too much about booty-shaking for my own good. I should teach a class lol

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  10. Lmao! That first paragraph killed me. The truth is I have been hearing about twerking and hadn't seen how it's done until the Miley saga. [Beliee that]. Any dance that involves a woman shaking her behind, and the world would believe it's so 'African'. Loool.

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    1. I think what people "really" mean is that they owe their African bloodline for the natural ability to shake and gyrate. I guess when you look at it that way, its kinda sorta true lol

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  11. Like you said, what exactly is an African dance anyway? Lol. When I think of real like twerking I reflect upon that 2 Live Crew.

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  12. THANK YOU! I got into a discussion with Nana D of Adventures over my anger about the 'African Dance' nonsense. Why the hell do people say that? All that jumping, leaping that looks nothing like I have never seen. I mean you want to have a new dance craze, fine, but why call it 'African' anything?
    Azonto, Kwaito, Atilogwu, Bobaraba. These are names of dances. African dance is rubbish.

    Sorry to all well-intentioned mums who want their kids to pick up a bit of 'culture' but that is not the way, blud. Also, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

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