Martin had a dream; Martin had a dream; Kendrick have a dream; All my life I want money and power; respect my mind or die from lead shower; I pray my dick get big as The Eiffel Tower; so I can fuck the world for 72 hours…
From those opening lines all the way until the end of the song I am dancing in my seat and ready to hit replay at least ten more times when this song comes on my playlist. This is my Happy. It doesn’t hurt that the video has Sherane shaking that ass like a salt shaker in front of a Lincoln while Kendrick does his thing. Get some.
The Twerk Team makes an appearance in this video put together by Diesel and i-D called “A-Z of dance.”
Diesel and i-D presents ‘A-Z of Dance’, a dynamic new video showcasing 26 of the world’s favourite dance styles from krumping and twerking to rumba and bangra, revealing the movement potential of Diesel’s JoggJeans.
Here’s the thing: historically, black women have had very little agency over their bodies. From being raped by white slave masters to the ever-enduring stereotype that black women can’t be raped, black women have been told over and over and over again, that their bodies are not their own. By bringing these “homegirls with the big butts” out onto the stage with her and engaging in a one-sided interaction with her ass, (not even her actual person!) Miley has contributed to that rhetoric. She made that woman’s body a literal spectacle to be enjoyed by her legions of loyal fans. Not only was that the only way that Miley interacted with any of the other people onstage with her, but all of her backup dancers were “black women with big butts” as Violet_Baudelaire so astutely pointed out. So not only are black women’s bodies being used as props, but they are also props that are only worthy of interaction if that interaction involves sexualization.
via Solidarity is For Miley Cyrus: The Racial Implications of her VMA Performance.
I want to reread this when I have more time and click through more links. I have an idea for a longer project involving this discussion, and these links help out a lot with the research.
(for my fellow J students, this is also a great example of linking in a blog entry, citing sources digitally and using quotes for emphasis!)
Have you seen the video where the girl twerking alone in her apartment inadvertently sets herself on fire?
Chances are you have, as it’s been viewed more than 9.3 million times on YouTube since it was posted Tuesday and has been picked up by numerous news outlets.
Turns out, it was all a hoax, orchestrated by none other than Jimmy Kimmel.
via Epic ‘Twerk Fail’ Video Turns Out to Be a Hoax Masterminded by Jimmy Kimmel (Video).
Well played, Jimmy Kimmel. Well played. That video had me screaming laughing in bed at 6:30 a.m. one day last week. I’m sure my neighbors did not appreciate it.
I know that there is a deeper message here that goes further than the hoax itself.
I think Jimmy was clever for pulling this off, but as a person who is studying media, it makes me want to point at it and jump up and down and ask people to note that if Jimmy Kimmel can pull this off, so can other larger media outlets and entities.
Food for thought.
This is when you know things have gone too far.
A lily white yoga studio in idyllic Santa Barbara, California recently held a “Ghetto Fabulous” yoga class. In preparation, students were instructed to wear cornrows, snapback caps and heavy lipliner along with their lululemon leggings. Who knew gang signs could be so cute?! The invite promised to provide “various costumes” — there was a do-rag giveaway, attendees said — and “guaranteed belly laughs.”
via Santa Barbara Yoga Studio Gives Out Do-Rags at Ghetto Fabulous Class.
I’m not sure why ghetto fabulous has become synonymous with black (as if there are no white people who are ghetto), but to advertise an event like this and link to a WikiHow article on “How to Be Ghetto Fabulous” says a lot about the attitude behind it.
I would really like to write an op ed piece about status conferral and agenda-setting theory because clearly all of these things are related. Miley Cyrus and her longbacking disguised as twerking makes the news, and suddenly we are inundated with stories of white people expressing their “blackness” in various ways.
I’m still composing my thoughts.
What Miley is doing is cultural appropriation. She, a wealthy white woman, is taking elements from black culture in order to achieve a specific image. Her status as a member of a traditionally oppressive race and class means that she is able to pick and choose what parts of black culture she wants to embrace without having to deal with the racism and racialization that black women live with every day. In short, she can imagine that she is being “ghetto” without having any concept of what living in a ghetto would really mean.
Miley is doing her best to promote herself as a part of rachet culture, which Jody Rosen describes as “the potent sexual symbolism of black female bodies,” while simultaneously treating the black women in her videos and performances as props. She is taking elements of black culture and using them to give her the patina of street cred that she wants so badly. She is playing at being black without even trying to understand what the lived experience of being black really is. She is appropriating cultural elements without taking any time to reflect on her position of privilege and how her use of the term “ratchet” or her twerking are contributing to the oppression of black people.
–The Belle Jar Blog
A brilliant take on this topic; both the post and the discussion taking place in the comment section are worth a read.
I am still trying to compose my thoughts on this, but I want to reference this post when I do, because we always attribute our sources.