Since the words “Miley Cyrus performing” are sufficient to make me leave the room, I didn’t see the spectacle discussed here. It doesn’t matter; the argument is much bigger and more important than that.
So this happened last night:
… and the internet (predictably) exploded.
And just to be clear, I agree that what Miley did was frankly disgusting, but not for the reasons that you might think.
Most of the criticism of Miley’s VMA performance has focussed on her attire and dancing style, with people claiming that her dress (or rather, state of undress) and sexual movements were vulgar, degrading and slutty. Quite a few people mentioned that her parents must be ashamed; there was a lot of discussion about how sad it was that sweet, innocent Hannah Montana had come to this. I saw a lot of derisive remarks about how Miley wants attention at any cost; some even went so far to say that Miley is sick and that this behaviour was a cry for help.
Then, this morning, I watched a fuckton of white feminists totally ignore the racist aspects…
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