Twerking It Out: Controversies Across the Nation

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Twerking Gone Bad

At the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus’ twerk-tastic grind on crooner Robin Thicke put twerking into the national consciousness. African-American women and men clapped back when several critics said the dance was associated with low-income African-American women. Even Big Freddia was “baffled” by what he said was Miley Cyrus’ “attempt to twerk.”

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