Miley Cyrus (and Her Marketing Team) Wins This Controversy

So everyone’s spent the better part of this week hating on Miley Cyrus. We’ve had everything from an open letter from a mom who promised to “run up and twerk so you will see how ridiculous twerking looks” if her daughter ever decides to try it in public, to a fuming letter from the Parents Television Council tearing apart the network, saying “MTV continues to sexually exploit young women by promoting acts that incorporate ’twerking’ in a nude-colored bikini. How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds?” But here’s the truth, everybody: It was all

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  • Denny Hatch

    With the Miley Cyrus ado, I clicked to see what the fuss was all about. 10 seconds was all I needed. I found her performance clumsy, inelegant and without a scintilla of fun or humor. I had a stepfather and an art teacher—both geezers—whose eyes shone like kids’ on Christmas morning when they regaled me about Paris in the mid-1920s. Specifically an African-American entertainer named Josephine Baker who had an extraordinary body and who performed at the legendary Folies Bergère nightclub. Her costume was deliciously Freudian—a ring of bananas around her waist. Period.
    Here’s the original. Be sure to watch it on a full screen.
    And here’s a sampling of Baker’s vocal wizardry.
    Eat your heart out Miley Cyrus.
    —Denny Hatch,