BY Alexa Salvato
on Jul 23, 2015
After the announcement of the Video Music Awards, Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to thank MTV for the nominations she earned—Best Female Video for “Anaconda,” Best Hip-Hop Video for “Anaconda,” and Best Collaboration for her work on “Bang Bang.” Here’s where it got messy: She also tweeted that she felt “Anaconda” was snubbed for the Video of the Year award, which is considered the seminal award of the night, and that her collab with Beyoncé, “Feeling Myself,” deserved attention too. Read More
If you haven't heard by now, singer-songwriter Annie Lennox has called out fellow performer Beyoncé for not being a "true" feminist. In a September interview with PrideSource, Lennox stated:
“I would call [Beyoncé] feminist lite… It's tokenistic to me. I mean she's a phenomenal artist... but I'd like to sit down (with her)... and hear what [she] truly think[s]. I see a lot of it as [artists] taking the word hostage and using it to promote themselves, but I don't think they necessarily represent wholeheartedly the depths of feminism... Read More
BY Meg Zulch
on Aug 29, 2014
This week, did the Emmys put women on a pedestal, or did they knock them off of it?
Thanks to Queen Bey’s VMA performance this past Sunday, feminism is the f-word on everyone’s lips. A word that normally warrants skeptical and dismissive looks, Beyoncé and other celebrities are making it “trendy” through efforts to mainstream it. With that taste still fresh in our mouths, Sofia Vergara being displayed on a rotating pedestal during the Emmys Monday night was just plain unsavory. Read More
Oh my dear. Say it isn’t so. The designers over at sexy costume source Yandy are using a terrible misinterpretation of “twerking” to sell outfits. In a section they call “Costumes to Twerk In,” the venders market costumes that expose the buttocks. Of course, the first is an knock-off Miley Cyrus VMA costume called “Furry Party Animal Halloween Costume.” The other costumes have absolutely nothing to do with twerking except that they have cheeky bottoms; the list includes an interpretation of Wonder Woman, a ninja, and a soldier. Read More
Now we can officially stop talking about Miley-gate. No matter how tired we are of rehashing the VMA performance and “Wrecking Ball” video, Cyrus’ work does offer insight into how women are encouraged to express themselves and how young women are viewed by the public. Are Cyrus’ performances feminist and sex-positive as some claim? I personally think not; after all, she has a team of men who aren’t exactly known for respecting women and their bodies (ahem, Terry Richardson) behind much of the work. Read More
It seems like the discussion surrounding the Miley Cyrus phenomenon and her use of little people at the VMAs has involved (mostly white) women of average height. While that’s valid and can be helpful, I can’t help but wonder why we’re not hearing from little people. An average sized person cannot pretend to understand cultural prejudices and representations of little people without at least consulting an informed source for whom this issue is personal.
Hollis Jane is an actress who also happens to be a little person. Read More
There has been a lot of talk about Miley Cyrus lately, and not surprisingly, a lot of it centers around her father, Billy Ray Cyrus. This kind of talk is concerning; it’s as if the American public has chosen to express their disapproval of Miley’s sexual expression by implying that Billy Ray must be appalled. The public is crying, “That’s not my little girl.” And the thing is that she isn’t our little girl at all; she is a woman growing up and finding out who she is and how she wants to express that. Read More
BY Adrienne Tooley
on Sep 19, 2013
Big Freedia, New Orleans bounce musician extraordinaire and BUST favorite (featured in “The Men We Love” April/May 2010 issue), is inviting you to put the VMA's out of your mind once and for all by helping a true professional set the Guinness World Record for Most People Twerking Simultaneously.
Yes. You read that correctly. Don’t lie; if you’re in the New York area, you’re definitely going to want to be there to see this.
Take a long lunch Wednesday, September 25, between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. Read More
At Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, Miley Cyrus took the stage and showed off her so-called twerking skills. For the past few days, the starlet’s performance has been getting A LOT of media attention. Some have complained that her performance was too sexy and scandalous, but others have addressed another issue—of Cyrus’ appropriation of black culture, and using African-American women as props. Ok Miley, we’ve had this discussion before. It needed to happen, all for good reason. Read More
BY Melanie Mignucci
on Aug 29, 2013
Bounce queen and BUSTie Big Freedia is probably the foremost authority we have on twerking, and she has a lot to say about Miley Cyrus.
When BUST reached out to Big Freedia, she sent us an official statement on the Miley Cyrus twerk-gate. She said, “Get me and Miley together so I could give her ass some lessons.”
The New Orleans musician shared some insight on the current twerking craze, its origins in New Orleans’ bounce scene, and why Miley needs to be gently but firmly told to stop. Read More