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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So let me get this right... acting like a stripper without respect for ones body or sexuality is "acting black", well hopefully all white people can stop "acting black" as soon as possible, I wonder if Obama's girls will be called racist for appropriating white culture when they chose to attend an Ivy league college instead of get a job in an Atlanta strip club.

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"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." I find this a little offensive....I think it more represents the teenage culture...People are just looking for an excuse to use race to blow anything out of proportions.

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ASS THAT BIG shit I was surprised her face didn't get sucked into it lol I would totally motorboat that thing too!

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It was an awful performance. Lets leave it at that. I'm sick of hearing people turn things into racism. Its getting old.

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Damn!!! That's a huge ass

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pffffffffffffff: Americans & Humor.

Miley Cyrus Biography

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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]

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Miley Cyrus [on lewd photos]
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