Give Miley Cyrus A Break, She’s Just A Modern Era Flapper
This is a 1926 article from the Dallas Morning News:
Flapperism–bare knees, petting parties, jazz and the hip flask–is undermining American civilization. At least, that’s what many fathers and mothers believe who, while boasting that THEIR mothers knew how and when to blush and what to blush at, yet admit they can not control their children.
Flapperism, they believe, is an art. It is a black art, practiced by both sexes, and, once practiced, never laid down. That’s the terrible thing about it.
These were the great-great grandmothers of the parents currently in the throes of a media-induced freak out about Miley Cyrus’ performance at the 2013 MTV VMAs.
Not much has changed, not really. Pop stars push the sexual envelope, and they always have. From Madonna’s entire 1980s-era repertoire to Elvis’ gyrating hips to the sinful “Jazz” music of the prohibition era, this is the same song with a digital twist.
Is Cyrus’ whole persona ridiculous? Absolutely. Should kids, especially young ones, emulate it? Definitely not. But it isn’t anything very new.
The VMA is an attention-seeking pop culture event. Pop stars will take advantage of it. And the world won’t end.
Twerk on, Miley, twerk on.