This is not about Miley. It's not about back-up dancers. It's not about one entertainment show that happened one night in August 2013. It's about an institutionalized thought process that is subtly reinforced at every given opportunity. And if we stop writing about the institution, aren't we doing society a disservice?
My biggest concern with Miley's performance and behavior has only been that like the white feminists, she doesn't actually understand anything about black culture. You wanna twerk? Go ahead. You wanna sport grills and grab your crotch like your something special? Be my guest. You want your new single to "sound black"? Not a problem, but understand the culture in which you're taking from and the history behind it.
Describe Miley Cyrus' performance any which way you like, and dislike it if you must, but using crass and demeaning words to describe her personally as a human being is nothing more than sexist, slut shaming, and totally undeserved. Also, the accusations of racism and insensitivity to the black community that have been brought against her... I have a bit of a problem with this one. I find the accusations too easy and simply far-fetched. Miley can be accused of many things (poor taste and the almost pathological need to shock being some of them, but hey... I would have liked to have seen most of you when you were 20), but she is not your punching bag where you get to express your latent sexism, your double standards, your misguided accusations of racism, and your hunt for people to blame for your own childrens' questionable morality.
Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke had both laid claim to being 2013's most inappropriate pop stars -- so it was not unexpected that they would each be stepping up their game at the VMAs. it's their pairing that should be causing the most cringing and despite Miley facing the brunt of the controversy, it's Thicke who should be, well, in the thick of it.