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We have reached twerking’s tipping point
Let us count the ways.
It’s been a big week for twerking. Miley Cyrus’s re-appropriation of the decades-old dance form on Sunday’s VMAs launched it into the mainstream, and in the span of a few days, society reached peak twerk saturation.
Now everyone wants to claim it as an identity.
— White Feminist (@WhiteFeminist) August 27, 2013
Let us count the ways.
1) The definition of “twerk” was just added to Oxford Dictionaries Online.
2) Morgan Freeman recited it this morning on HLN’s Morning Express.
3) ABC News looked into the complexities of twerking and explained it for old people.
5) Cyrus has been Tumblr-fied.
Remember the “Harlem Shake” phenom earlier this year? With each “remake” video, the dance became less and less removed from its origins, if people cared to explore them at all. Cyrus’s co-opting gave twerking more of a profile, and fellow artists voiced their opinions on her appropriation, and defended twerking’s origins. The cross-cultural discourse around it is important, but it’s also raised questions about how pop stars borrow culture, and when you will have to tell your mother what twerking is.
With its profile raised, twerking will likely sputter around in the mainstream engine for a few more months. But then a new fad will take its place, like it has for decades.
Like the tapeworm diet.
Photo via HLNTV
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.