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?

 

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no it was not racist at all u guys try to make everything racist stop.already its stupid. its not all about u guys every.damn time somethin.happens.

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I'm a 43 yr. young AA and I DO NOT SEE WHERE THIS IS RACISM CRAP COMING FROM!!! Miley (or anyone IMO) can dance however they want. This has nothing to do with racism but EVERYTHING to do with SELF-RESPECT. If she wants to be wild and dance provocative with someone else's husband, that is her (and his and his wife's) damn business. If she wants to smack and lick females' a**es, that's also her damn business (it wouldn't make a difference if the female dancer was white, would it?). I just don't want to see it on regular TV! Make a HBO/CINEMAX/SHOWTIME special for that crap (she can touch herself, touch married men and bite females' as*es all day). Again, NOTHING TO DO WITH RACISM. Geez!

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People lets forget about this performance and start talking about what is really going on with government scandals. Share news not this garbage.
Much love freedom and unity to all.

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Ok yes her performance was gross but racist? I have to disagree. Twerking is really popular and seductive so it was only natural gor her to do it.

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This girl is really tiresome--another lost soul like Lohan and Anna Nicole Smith before that. Interesting that on Fashion Police, Kelly Osbourne, who claims to be Miley's friend, looked into the camera and said, "Miley, keep your tongue in you mouth." Even Joan Rivers, about as "edgy" as they come, was appalled, which is saying quite a lot. Miley keeps wearing her engagement ring, but it is not at all clear that she is even still with Hemsworth. If he has any brains, he will bail after this.

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That big girl should have farted...it would have blown Miley off of the stage and into oblivion. lol

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RUMORS ARE CARRIED BY HATERS AND SPREAD BY FOOLS AND ACCEPTED BY IDIOTS.I'AM BLACK AND SHE WAS NOT BEING RACIST AT ALL I THOUGH SHE WAS FUNNY. WHY IS EVERYTHING TODAY IS ALL RACIST . SHE IS YOUNG AND JUST EXPRESSING HER SELF LET HER BE AND STOP JUDGING EVERYTHINGPEOPLE DO AND SAY YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO BE THEM SELF WITHOUT WE AS PEOPLE BUTTING IN ON EVERY MOVE THEY MAKE.FOOTBALL GUYS DO THE SAME THING IS THEY RACIST TO.

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How did this end up being called racist? Seriously? Good grief! That is ridiculous! The girl was raunchy & skanky, nothing to do with race.

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@ janie

That would be "themselves," Ramona, not "them self."

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@ Lori

Patronising pedant alert, everyone! How come you chose to only single out Ramona on her typo, Lori? There are plenty of others in this thread you could have chosen. Black female an easy target, perhaps? You're a piece of work, Lori.

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Miley is a disgrace to all young women......err, make that ALL women. Wonder what Liam Hemsworth thinks about her now....ugh!

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She's had "handlers" all her life that told her what to do. Now she's making her own decisions and mistakes. She'll grow up.

Miley Cyrus Biography

Miley Cyrus Hair Miley Cyrus has evolved tremendously over the years. Initially known for portraying Hannah Montana, the singer/actress made an effort to... More »
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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]
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