Hello you guys! It’s been a while! I’ve missed posting on the Blog and telling you all about my dull stories! I have to say that I had a busy last month to say the least but I’m BACK and ready to tell you all about it! But today, I chose to speak about a subject that has been getting on my nerves lately: TWERKING!
So before telling you the reasons why this notion exasperates me so much, let us define “Twerking” first. For those who don’t know, according to Oxford Dictionaries, to “twerk” is "to dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low squatting stance". – charming…
Now I don’t usually pay much attention to these new “dances” and new trends that you can pick up from a Miley Cyrus music video or a Beyonce concert. I’m happy and proud to say that I never watch those! But I was somehow aware of the controversy that was launched by Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke (bluuured liiiines) at the MTV Music awards when Miley purposely stuck her behind to Thicke’s private parts in a failure of an attempt to make herself look edgy, daring and sexy… The worst part is that she kept at it with her music video “wrecking ball” where the nudity, the hammer licking and the different sexual connotations were on full display… justifying all of that by the idea that “nudity” is a way of showing vulnerability. Okay.
But that’s not even what really pissed me off: Last week, there was a whole episode of Glee dedicated to “Twerking” where some of my favorite characters stated that it was a form of “rebellion” that they were free to express whatever the hell they wanted to express bouncing their cellulite around just because they had the right to. Worse than that, Mr Shue, the role model, the one person that the kids truly admire and respect stated that "Twerking is about blurring the lines between past and present, men and women, tradition and envelope-pushing, If Sue wants to draw a line in the sand, we're gonna blur it and blow this debate wide open!" and then to even make matters worse, he took to the halls of McKingley High School singing Robin Thicke’s rapey song “Bluuured liiiiiiines”.
I say Hell to the NO to all of that! I completely disagree and I’m outraged that a series that targets a young audience can get away with saying things like that on American National TV! Let me explain:
I find it extremely dangerous to make teenagers and especially young girls believe that getting naked, shaking recklessly their booty in public, turning on strangers and doing whatever the hell they want in public is a stand for female empowerment. That is wrong. And let me tell you why: Our society is built upon social codes that are conveyed by the means of communication. Whether it is words or gestures, everything that you do is going to make an impact and get a certain reaction. In other words, you cannot act like a cheap stripper and expect people to treat you like a lady. You cannot “twerk” in a club and expect guys to walk by and not pay attention to you. You’re sending clear sexual messages and people are going to intercept them and naturally act on them. In other words, cross your legs if you want some respect. Female empowerment has absolutely nothing to do with nudity, it’s about brains, ideas, education. If you want to feel empowered, keep your pants on and read a book.
And that brings us to “bluuured liiiiines”. That is another catastrophe that has brought pop culture to another level of LOW. That’s my problem with this song: Through the song, the guys are guessing how their women (sorry “bitches”? – quote “you the hottest bitch in this place”) want to be treated – sexually speaking. Women are described as animal, people who can’t refuse this “pimpin’”… But what bothers me the most is the guessing part, the “I know you want it” followed by “blurred lines”.
Let me tell you right away: Lines should never be blurred. Guys should never have to “guess”. Young people have to learn where to draw their BIG fat RED lines and make it extremely clear for everybody else. Because those lines are the only things that are keeping them from being abused and from doing things they’re not sure they really understand. And those lines are the only things that are making the difference between a gentleman, a normal balanced person and a rapist.
So it’s safe to say that I’m not watching Glee anymore. It was good when it was talking about bullying and texting while driving and stuff like that but it completely went off the rails when it started indoctrinating young kids with hazardous ideas.
We’re all for freedom of speech and tolerance but don’t teach kids that it is okay to act as they please, because actions have consequences and that is neither good or bad, that’s just the way it is.
Until we meet again, stay classy and shake your booty moderately on the dance floor!