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Ask Teddy Wayne Hashtag Trends After NYT Whitesplains Twerking

Twerk added to Oxford Dictionary

Maybe you’ve seen the hashtag #askteddywayne trending on Twitter today, where twitizens are in full-on rag mode after the New York Times published his piece “Explaining Twerking to Your Parents.”

The #askteddywayne hashtag pokes fun at Teddy Wayne’s fluffy twerking piece, a piece which relies heavily on the underlying joke about white people not understanding black people, and some ick-inducing socio-economic stereotypes.

After a meant to be funny buildup framing the “twerk talk” as a role reversal where children have to talk to their parents in a birds and bees type way, Wayne attempts a bit more humor, adding:

“Explain that twerking is a dance move typically associated with lower-income African-American women that involves the rapid gyration of the hips in a fashion that prominently exhibits the elasticity of the gluteal musculature… They will reasonably wonder why Miley Cyrus, who is white and wealthy, does it at every opportunity. Patiently respond that, for Ms. Cyrus, twerking is a brazenly cynical act of cultural appropriation being passed off as a rebellious reclamation of her sexuality after a childhood in the Disneyfied spotlight, but, in the end, who are we really to judge?”

Over on Twitter, users are mocking the almost topical NYT piece, as well as Wayne’s slightly tone deaf generalizations poking stale fun at black culture.

Some of the #askteddywayne tweets include:

You can join in on the #askteddywayne fun by tweeting the hashtag, or you can comment directly to Teddy Wayne using Twitter.

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