Like many Disney artists before her, Miley Cyrus is rebelling. She cut her hair. She’s dressing provocatively. She’s dancing in a lewd and suggestive way. She’s simulating touching herself with foam hands onstage and putting her face in a backup dancer’s posterior.

When black women misbehave, our bad behavior is viewed as indicative of an entire race problem. Conversely, Miley’s mishaps are not being attributed to her whiteness. Her wayward acts are black people’s fault, too.

Because she made a poor attempt at twerking and had voluptuous black female bodies on display onstage, somehow her outrageous performance is being linked to our culture.

Be clear: Miley’s offensive caricature of a dance that originated among some black women is in no way representative of the black experience.

Her lascivious moves on a married man and her racy costume are a reflection of her, not us.

Too often, white people behaving badly is attributed to black influence. Sharon Osbourne tried to blame black culture for Justin Bieber’s mistakes. “I think he doesn’t realize he’s white and not black, that’s a huge problem,” she said.

Miley has received so many messages about trying to “act black,” she responded on Twitter saying “I know what color I am. You can stop with the reminders.”

Since when did black become synonymous for misbehavior or in-your-face sexuality?

Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber are two white teenagers, making cringeworthy mistakes in the public eye. Let them own their mishaps. Don’t blame them on us.

-Erica Haynes

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  • Honestly, this is not surprising I read a couple of pieces and comments where people said Miley was trying to be black, telling her she is not a black woman, etc. so there are people who associate this behavior as black which is bullsh*t because people like to pretend you can’t be trashy, looking a mess and acting a fool and white. I wish people would stop associating negative with black behavior/culture. Furthermore, I know a lot of white women/girls who would let loose like Miley did at the VMAs so people need to stop pretending that their lily white children/young adults don’t behave in a manner similar to that. This whole Miley is acting black or whatever is an excuse for them not owning up to their own trashy/”ratchet” behavior.

    • Wanda

      But there were also TOO many people who claimed at first that Miley was “appropriating our culture.”

      We also need to do some serious housekeeping about what we claim and what we don’t.

    • Phillygurl

      Girls Gone Wild, anyone? Also, I went to a majority white university and what they do at parties would put anyone to shame. They are ratchet on their own accord.

  • Edward

    Turns out Miley is under the influence of Black culture. She is dating a Mike WILL made it (wetftm) and in his videos twerking and talking about how she is “in da club high on purple drank”.

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