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You’ve probably read one million articles about Miley’s VMA performance by now, but I wanted to input my commentary too. SORRAY!
When Miley first changed her hair to that ~edgy~ shaved do, I was actually really impressed. Impressed that she took the plunge, and also impressed with how GREAT it looked on her. When the twerk videos started popping up (no pun intended ho ho ho!), again, I was impressed that a white girl could actually TWERK. This may or may not have inspired a certain wife and husband to practice their own twerking skill, both at home and in da club. When the song “We Can’t Stop” was released, I liked it. The video was half annoying and half fascination. I was annoyed at how “obvious” it was (yes, you are “edgy;” yes, you like black culture), but I was fascinated with her makeup (flawless! glowing!) and how great her legs looked.
All of this, in addition to endorsements by Pharrell, Juicy J, Tyler the Creator (just to name a few), I was like DANG, MILEY. YOU GO GURL. I interpreted the “We Can’t Stop” video as a self-aware declaration of being a GROWN ASS WOMAN. I’m confident, sexual, and DGAF. She otherwise seemed to have her shit together, so I took her overtly over-sexualized reinvention of herself to be purposeful. All right, that’s fine, Miley.
But then that trainwreck of a VMA performance happened. *Throws self away* MY GOD. I was horrified, yes, but also EMBARRASSED. Suddenly, instead of a confident battle cry from a self-aware woman, it came across as an insecure girl with something to prove. Not just something to prove, but overcompensating to a fault. DAT TONGUE being stuck out every 45 seconds, the foam finger faux-sex that just would.not.stop, and her interaction with all of the black backup dancers. When the camera panned to Rihanna’s “I’m-not-going-to-encourage-this-spectacle-from-a-basic-bitch” reaction (or rather, non-reaction), I commented to Husband, “I wonder if she thinks Miley is using black people as props.” “Probably,” Husband replied.
I actually felt bad for her because she was trying SO HARD to express a certain message about herself, but it was coming across so, so…..desperate.
The worst part is, she’ll probably interpret people’s negative reactions to her performance as their reluctance to let a “woman” grow up and out of her Hannah Montana good girl image. No, Miley. The negative reaction is our reluctance to let go of taste.