So, I heard Miley Cyrus made a fool of herself at MTV’s Video Music Awards. I stopped watching MTV years ago. The channel has been garbage for the past 15 years. MTV went from showing actual music videos to a reality tv channel. When music videos are shown, it’s for the boring/generic/un-danceable pop mess that’s on the radio, these days. As someone who grew up during the 80’s/90’s, I member when MTV videos were an eclectic mix of metal, grunge, hip hop, r&b, and pop. Blah, them days are over. So, I don’t waste my time watching their awards show. I do like to read reviews/watch clips of the show, after the fact.
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Miley Cyrus irks me. She’s the cliché rich white woman getting her empowerment through the degradation of black culture/black women’s bodies. I’ve read some counteract arguments to this view. She’s just a young woman having fun. She’s not being racist, twerking isn’t racist! Blah. Blah. Blah. Blah. Blah. Cyrus has history of engaging in questionable behavior towards ethnic groups. She knows what she is doing:
Cyrus behavior is being excused, because of her white privilege. While some white feminists are running around criticizing folks for slut-shaming (they feel Cyrus is receiving), they are mute on her exploitation of black women’s bodies/minstrel behavior:
“Even worse, in her performance last night Miley used black women as props – like, literal props – and barely anyone said anything. I saw very few people displaying any outrage over the fact that Miley was, at one point, slapping a faceless black woman on the ass as if she was nothing more than a thing for Miley to dominate and humiliate. I saw barely anyone discussing the fact that Miley’s sexual empowerment, or whatever you want to call it, should not come at the cost of degrading black women. I saw a whole lot of people giving Miley a pass for her behaviour because she’s young and naive and sheltered.”–From http://bellejarblog.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/on-miley-cyrus-and-racism/
When Cyrus gets bored with this image, she will move onto something else, as most white cultural appropriators do. In the meantime, black women will be left to (once again) pick up the pieces of our broken images.