About three years ago a couple of girls decided it would be cool to upload a video of themselves “dancing” on YouTube. Now, back in my day, the dance they were doing was simply referred to as bouncing your butt. But Lady Luscious and Mizz Twerksum referred to it as “twerking”.
Lady Luscious & Mizz.Twerksum started the “Twerk Team” in 2005, but the dance craze didn’t gain popularity until they started uploading videos to YouTube about 3 years ago. Their channel has over 75 million views and over 300,000 subscribers. The girls are now managed by Mizz Twerksum’s mother and have made their way into hip-hop culture. They’ve been mentioned in songs by Wacka Flocka, Juicy J and Drake.
Nowadays, you can find thousands of people twerking on YouTube.
Young and old.
I won’t post a video of a young twerker, because I don’t find little girls on YouTube doing provocative dancing cute. Where are their parents?
Even men are twerking:
Not only are people twerking at home, there are twerking competitions. People have won money from twerking. Go figure.
Personally, I don’t get the whole twerking phenomenon. I do find the amount of videos of little girls and boys on YouTube doing the dance a bit disturbing. Once again, where are their parents? If my mother ever saw me as a kid, bouncing my butt around, I probably wouldn’t be able to sit on it for a couple of days after she got done with me.
But of course, once something catches on, white people take it and run with it. Unfortunately the videos on YouTube of white girls twerking were a bit too explicit. But I did come across one that wasn’t.
Yesterday, Miley Cyrus, yes Hannah Montana, decided to join the “Twerk Team” dancing to “Wop” by J. Dash & Flo Rida:
Thankfully, she’s fully clothed in a cute onsie. Miley’s video has since gone viral, of course. So I’m sure there will be a thousand other videos of people twerking in costumes all over YouTube by the end of the week. By people, I mean white people.
But on the other hand, maybe twerking in a costume is better than having little girls and women twerking in their underwear.
What’s your opinion on “twerking”? Do you find it distasteful? Or just another dance?