Despite the fact that the internet collectively sh!t itself yesterday of Miley Cyrus‘ twerking at the 2013 MTV VMAs, Miley seems to be in pretty high spirits about the whole thing since it got her a ton of attention and effectively killed off her former ‘Hannah Montana’ persona. Yay? Either way, for the most part Robin Thicke managed to avoid any controversy for being a part of it because he’s a guy, but Us Weekly reports that he’s freaking out that he got overshadowed, while Miley’s team is worried because she danced that song that launched a thousand internet think-pieces …
“Robin thought it would be fun to include Miley, but he didn’t realize how much she would overshadow him. This was his big night and big performance,” one source tells Us of Thicke, who broke out in a big way this year with “Blurred Lines.” Continued the source: “I don’t think he would have done it knowing what it ended up like.”
[…] Those closest to Cyrus are also scratching their heads. “Miley’s team is freaking about that performance,” the first insider admits. “They saw the rehearsals, but those were really played down compared to the live performance.”
“It’s the VMAs, of course she’s going to do a standout performance!” a second Cyrus insider insists. “No one (from her team) was shocked by this.”
To be honest, I didn’t fully understand what everyone was talking about with the cultural appropriation thing, until I remembered what it was like when 50 Shades of Grey came out and all of a sudden the clueless straights were releasing kink guides, or when RuPaul’s Drag Race became a hit and all of a sudden we have mainstream media outlets using the word “shade”. Every culture has its own history that gets lost in the mix when it gets appropriated as a fashion statement, and people don’t stop being a part of it when it stops being fashionable. But this is turning into a think-piece real fast, so I’ll just end it by saying this: Appreciate other cultures. Don’t turn them into the equivalent of a trendy handbag.