Our View: If it twerks it works
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 09:08
Although twerking is not new to the dance floor, it is new to the Oxford Dictionary. This sexually provocative dance, was bounced onto the docket of the Oxford Dictionary’s quarterly update just days after the Video Music Award’s (VMA’s) performances last Sunday.
With music lovers watching in excitement, and some in horror, America got to see the newest twerking superstar, Mily Cyrus, grind her way to the top of celebrity gossip. Obviously the world has forgotten what their demand for thrills has done to the music industry.
With the musicians and concert ticket sales thriving off of the eclectic and bizarre, did we really not see this coming? Pop singers are not just vocalists anymore; they are performers. Singers like Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez are competing against icons who calls their followers monsters, I’m looking at you Lady Gaga. The only place for competing stars to go is a bit wilder and crazier.
Fireworks, risky dances, laser shows and bizarre outfits are becoming the cornerstone of pop concerts. Being a great vocalist only makes up a small portion of the total performance. If you can sing, that’s great; but so can my grandmother and she only does it in church.
Even the singing itself has disappeared into a world of auto-tuning and lip-syncing. While the purists complain about the art of originality disappearing, others could care less and instantly flash back to the awful Black-Eyed Peas Super Bowl performance.
The truth is that fans are reaping what they have sown with their need to be constantly shocked and awed. With this in mind, there should be no surprise at the VMA’s when the cute girl from “Hannah Montana” starts sticking out her tongue and humping a foam finger.
While the public outraged at the performance and later chastised news agencies for running stories about the performance, readers were drawn in and social networking sites exploded. As they say, there is no such thing as bad press. And even days later Cyrus’s performance is still on the top of Google’s most searched.
If people want to be upset about something from the VMA’s they should be complaining about all their friends that simultaneously say they despised the performance but spend hours talking about it.
At the end of the day swinging your hips like Elvis, shaving your head like Britney, showing a boob like Janet, wearing a meat suit like Gaga and twerking like Miley all have one thing in common; they work.
Until audiences forego their passion for risky performances, the elastic will get tighter and the covered areas smaller. So good job Miley, ride that foam finger and twerk to the top of the charts.
“Our View” is written by the editorial staff. The opinions are not necessarily reflective of the student body, faculty or administration of ASU.