Ever since Miley Cyrus performed for the Video Music Awards show on August 25, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York, pictures and videos of her flooded the internet for reasons other than her “twerking.” It was because critics, including African-Americans, believe her performance had a racist connotation. But several other sources, unrelated to her VMA performance, report Miley’s wanna-be black behavior. Contrary to those popular beliefs, Miley’s behavior was more of wanting acceptance by the Black culture than accidental racism.
According to Kia Makarechi, the entertainment editor for Huffington Post, “[Miley’s] gone around telling people she wants to make music that "sounds black," that she likes "hood music" but isn't "a white Nicki Minaj," and most recently proclaimed that she's "not a white ratchet girl." Extending her master class on racial identity to social media, she told her followers that she is, indeed, aware of her skin color.”
Also, an article on The Belle Jar blog site reads: “Miley used black women as props – like, literal props – and barely anyone said anything. I saw very few people displaying any outrage over the fact that Miley was, at one point, slapping a faceless black woman on the ass as if she was nothing more than a thing for Miley to dominate and humiliate.”
What these writers and critics forgot to mention is that Whites have always found interest in Black philosophy and art. They didn’t mention that hip-hop artists have long boasted about women “twerking” in front of them as they throw money in the air. So when Miley says she wants to be part of the “Black thing,” she was embracing it and wanted to ante up her music. She had done nothing different from what is seen on music videos and porn sites. It is very likely she wants her music to target the hip-hop crowd, not just the pop audience. But if it is true Miley really wants to be a Black person, then she has a low self-image. Be proud to be White, Miley!
The other aspect of the outrage is more understandable. Miley’s former brand was children-friendly. Our Hannah Montana has now become a penis magnet. Cartoon parodies of Miley are also found on erotic websites.
However, what most people tend to overlook is that the music and entertainment industries may have a part in her actions. Many famous musicians are pressured by their “puppeteers” and do things they would have otherwise rejected to do in their right minds. And then there’s always a sociological aspect of fame that could explain Miley’s choices.