Miley Cyrus VMA Performance: Was It Racist?

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Forget the accusations of date rape support and the general consensus that Miley Cyrus acted out of desperation to prove her edginess at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night.

And ask yourself this question instead:

Was her performance racist?

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Many critics have pointed to Miley's race "problem" - she has said she's not a "white ratchet girl," she's been forced to defend her race online - and how it was evident during the raunchy routine.

Consider her slapping of voluptuous black women's behinds, her constant reliance on Twerking, a dance move considered by many to be representative of African-American culture.

Jon Caramanica of The New York Times wrote after the VMAs that "this was a banner year for clumsy white appropriation of black culture."

He also slammed "the shambolic, trickster-esque performance by Ms. Cyrus, to whom no one has apparently said 'no' for the last six months or so."

Elsewhere, Vulture's Jody Rosen referred to this as "a minstrel show routine" and says pointedly that Miley's "act tipped over into what we may as well just call racism," explaining:

"Cyrus is annexing working-class black 'ratchet' culture, the potent sexual symbolism of black female bodies, to the cause of her reinvention."

Rosen adds that Cyrus is questionably attempting a "transformation from squeaky-clean Disney-pop poster girl to grown-up hipster-provocateur."

Strong, interesting words, all of them. Do you agree with these critics, THGers? Share your comments with us below, and vote in our survey:

Was Miley Cyrus racist at the Video Music Awards?


her spanking black girls is racist? if she was racist theyed be hanging from a tree in her front yard. smh stupid article


Yes, everything is racist.


I think people are making the show famous . LOL from VMA it has become all about Miley . She is not first nor she will be the last ,so enjoy the moment and move on ,especially so called self declared MORAL POLICE !.Basically these fucking hypocrites. SuCkS .


it's not racist. black girls prob the ones who taught her how to twerk to begin with. if it's good for them, it's good for her too


I can't believe people still hammering about Miley, she's an entertainer, for goodness sake ! All those people who have problem with it or all the men who have problem with her performance, let's must have some crazy stuffs behind your closed doors ! Get over it and smell the coffee ! Leave Miley alone !


Get a grip America!


This is a stretch any way you look,at it. Seems the public is going to make as much out of this as possible. Now pulling the anti black card seems really stupid. Leave the girl alone.


who's being racist ? Noone even mentioned those women who came out with 2Chains ? That skinny little twirp caused all this comotion when those women were busting out all over !!! Miley could shake all she wanted nothing came out and nothing popped Really !!! as for touching that women's butt that all that was she SMACKED THAT ASS that all people relax it was all in fun.


To some people if you breath a certain way, your racist. That being said, whatever the heck it is, it's just dang bad taste.
God Bless America and all who sail on her....Peace.


WOW..PEOPLE..GET A FREAKIN GRIP!! Once upon a time.. in a land far..far..away.. there was this act that involved using your common sense.. it was called..CHANGING THE CHANNEL!! So.. Miley is being accused of racism because.. She's a white girl.. she showed some ass and twerked on National TV!! Well.. Well.. Well.. It wasn't that long ago Janet Jackson showed actual TIT on National TV and nobody called HER racist..because Ya'll know.. white girls..that's our thing to show tit on National TV.. puhleeezzz.. but.. to the same extent.. Large Marge Kardaaaasssssian and the bunch aren't the talk of the town right now.. Yay Miley!! One last thing.. as a teenager..oh..excuse me.. as a white teenager waaaaaayyy back when.. we used to twerk.. only then.. they called it the "dirty boogie"... and I didn't learn it from black people.. there were none in my neighborhood.. so...I did the dirty boogie.. and was not and am still not racist...

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Miley Cyrus Biography

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Miley Cyrus has evolved tremendously over the years. Initially known for portraying Hannah Montana, the singer/actress made an effort to... More »
Franklin, Tennessee
Full Name
Destiny Hope Cyrus

Miley Cyrus Quotes

Thank you guys for all your support. Without you, none of this would be possible. I love every one of you and I could not be more appreciative. God bless you.

Miley Cyrus [at a concert, soon after photo scandal broke]

I have let myself down. I will learn from my mistakes and trust my support team. My family and my faith will guide me through my life's journey.

Miley Cyrus [on lewd photos]