Guys, serious crisis: Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, Vermont has canceled its homecoming dance due to a rampant fear of twerking. In a letter published in the local paper, The Bennington Banner, the school’s principal, Sue Maguire, explains:
Over the past couple of years, since Miley Cyrus took the stage ‘twerking’ at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, our students’ dancing behavior has crossed the line of what we can condone as appropriate behavior at a school. Twerking is dancing to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving a low squatting stance and thrusting movements. Students do not face one another or remain with the same person for the length of the song. If you haven’t seen twerking, I would encourage you to research this online.
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I’m a fan of Miley Cyrus’ most recent hip-hop influenced album. I think it’s fun and silly and clever and while Miley’s attempts at rapping are fairly laughable, her singing voice is still on point. Besides, I admire the don’t give a fuck boldness of chucking your entire brand in the trash and trying something completely different, when the risk of failing miserably is so high. I think it’s cool that she experiments with her clothes and hair, especially when it goes against the typical pop standards for beauty, and I’m down with any woman who wants to talk publicly about the awesomeness of masturbation and feminism. Keep reading »
Add Pharrell to the list of famous singing men who want to assure women of all colors, shapes, sizes and ages that NOT TO WORRY, we are beautiful, HE PROMISES. His new video for “Come Get It Bae” kicks off with an all caps message: “BEAUTY HAS NO EXPIRATION DATE.” Thanks, Pharrell! I was worried. The video features a bevy of racially diverse women having a blast dancing, one by one, while Pharrell films them with a handheld camera. It’s totally fun and silly and all of the women featured — with the exception of Miley Cyrus, who makes a cute, not-twerking cameo — are pretty, but in a normal-ish way, not a Miranda Kerr way. So I like it! Truly! But I remain irritated by dudes like Pharrell and John Legend doling out unsolicited stamps of approval on our physical attractiveness. (P.S. Bae is a term of endearment that means “before anyone else.”) [NYMag.com]