On 26 August, the 2013 edition of the MTV VMAs aired internationally, with many proposed highlights, including an N’Sync reunion, for which, let’s face it, if you were born in the ’80s, you’d have given away national secrets, your firstborn, and Breaking Bad spoilers.
Once the awards ended however, all everyone could talk about was one thing – Miley Cyrus’s magnificent twerking. More demanding of global shock and awe than even the conflict in Syria, it resulted in 300,000 tweets per minute and who knows how many memes per hour which showed Miley twerking everywhere, from famous paintings to one of Jupiter’s moons. In fact, rumour has it that Godzilla rose from the sea, happened to catch her performance, shook his head and decided to hibernate for another 100,000 years.
All of this made Miley the most tweeted about VMA performance ever, and probably sent views to her We Can’t Stop video rocketing skywards (to accompany her as she twerked on one of Jupiter’s moons. Obviously).
Backstage, before the performance, Miley said that she wanted the Blurred Lines/ We Can’t Stop mashup to be the best VMA performance ever. Well, it certainly was the most talked about and when it came to standing out from a crowd of auto-tuned messes singing about relationships and parties and wearing ever more outrageous outfits, Miley did it superbly, even though she had to show her fallopian tubes for it.
It is ridiculous that she’s getting so much hate for simply following the same principles that have been part of the pop music culture since Lady Gaga decided that she was simply not satisfied with being only a singer when she could wear outfits made of meat and do full-frontal meditation videos that doubled as trailers for horror movies. In fact, she was at the same VMAs, dancing to her latest number Applause, which ended with her borrowing a bikini top from The Little Mermaid wardrobe, and a bottom from a three-year-old.
As long as there are shining examples like Gaga and other stalwarts like Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Miley’s twerking makes absolute sense and could in fact have been the smartest move of her career. She has been trying to shed the Disney’s little girl image for a while and has set the ball rolling with her video, where you can see her making out with dolls and wearing see-through bikinis with nipple pasties. This performance was only an amplified version of that and it succeeded in not only shedding it, but blowing it to smithereens. She has left behind the Demi Lovatos of the world to be compared to the Gagas and Katies, and she has done it by adopting the same tack attack that was their claim to fame for all these years.
So don’t hate Miley. Hate what’s become of pop music, hate Demi Lovato’s new song, hate dubstep; not Miley. The girl is only trying to fit in with her peers and if she collaborates with N’Sync’s second re-union performance and emerges out of a giant lollipop stark naked, don’t be surprised. I know I won’t.