Twerking experts haven’t been incredibly kind to Miley Cyrus following her stint at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. You could go as far as to say they’ve been downright mean.
If you didn’t know what twerking meant before this week, then chances are you’re overly familiar with the dance now. However, fans of the booty-shaking fad aren’t exactly thrilled with the singer’s gyrations at the VMAs. Some have even pronounced the craze dead on arrival.
Those who aren’t familiar with twerking might be a little confused at this point. Although there are several definitions floating around the internet, the explanation found at Urban Dictionary is pretty much spot-on.
“The rhythmic gyrating of the lower fleshy extremities in a lascivious manner with the intent to elicit sexual arousal or laughter in ones intended audience,” the website explains.
Twerking reportedly began during the Miami Bass days back in the late 80s. However, others believe the term originated with the New Orleans bounce scene a few years later. Regardless of where it began, the dance appears to have finally crossed over into the mainstream.
Do a search for the word “twerk” on YouTube and you’ll get videos from girls around the planet attempting to shake their rumps to a plethora of different music. Some are pretty good while others literally fall flat on their faces.
Not surprisingly, a lot of people aren’t exactly thrilled with Miley Cyrus’ attempt to adopt the dance. Her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards didn’t settle well with quite a few folks, many of whom shared their displeasure on Twitter.
You can find a handful of their reactions below.
Somebody tell Miley Cyrus you need junk in the trunk to “properly” twerk. She not twerking she’s flat ironing! #VMA‘s
— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) August 26, 2013
If you say “Miley Cyrus” in the mirror three times she’ll come out and twerk on you
— Dean. (@aer0dactyl) August 26, 2013
Miley Cyrus showed me why I never wanna see white girls twerk again.
— jake michael Ⓜ (@imnotjakee) August 26, 2013
Well now I know me and Miley Cyrus have something in common, we both have no arse and can’t twerk
— Regina Falange (@GrantGaGa) August 27, 2013
What have you all learnt from Miley Cyrus’ mistake? A. Don’t twerk. B. Don’t twerk. C. Don’t twerk. D. Don’t twerk. E. All of the above.
— Abraham Lincoln (@YankeSongz) August 27, 2013
Of course, not everyone thinks she was terrible.
— Marios Nicolaides (@macnicolaides) August 27, 2013
You can see the singer’s attempt at the dance below.
Were you impressed with Miley Cyrus’ twerking skills at the MTV Video Music Awards?