The thing I don't get about the Miley Cyrus VMA controversy/disaster is how everyone is making it about race instead of offensive behavior. Much of the racial comments are pointed at Miley Cyrus's appropriation of black culture and black dance moves. Commentators and notable black culture icons are saying that it was wrong of her to utilize dance moves that are associated with black culture. That sounds to me like they are saying that white people should not adopt and integrate things that originated within black culture, that the two should be mutually exclusive and completely separate.
You can see what this argument implies if you take it to the logical conclusion. You cannot claim that there are still racial barriers and also get upset when other races integrate your culture and behaviors. What everyone should be condemning is twerking itself. The dance move is basically a barely disguised sexual act being perpetrated in public and should not be accepted as proper social behavior. Dancing should be a metaphor for sex, not a demonstration of it.
The Miley Cyrus
twerktastrophe is important shit, man. Yes, it's important even at this exact
moment, when it looks like we're about to start another war with another
country, and your Facebook feed is full of condescending suggestions that we've
got bigger problems than Billy Ray Cyrus' daughter (dressed in flesh-colored underpants) grinding up against
Alan Thicke's son (dressed like Beetlejuice). We do have bigger problems, it's
true. But we can compartmentalize, and not entirely ignore this one.