I believe this article places Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance into the right perspective for Black America. I believe she went beyond simply getting attention to going overboard with stereotyping a culture she may enjoy but has no connection or identity with. The big offense wasn’t her dress or oversexualization, but it was her demeaning women of color to an inappropriate archetype that should arouse disgust and concern.
After last night’s VMA debacle, I expected that the internet would be talking about Miley Cyrus today — a pre-manufactured scandal that your grandmother might be outraged about. A pre-made punching bag if there ever were one, Cyrus’ performance with Robin Thicke has been quickly criticized — labeled a “cultural embarrassment” and “trashy.”
It’s weird — because I agree that we should be very upset about what took place on stage last night — but not for the reasons everyone seems to be talking about. It’s Cyrus’ body that has become the conversation today, one that erases her agency as a woman who defines her own sexuality. It’s a highly conservative backlash that totally misses the point.
As a friend put it, we shouldn’t be focusing on Miley’s body. We should be criticizing her politics.
This isn’t the first time Cyrus has courted controversy for dancing provocatively, nor will it…
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