Miley Cyrus’ twerking used a foam finger “phallus”

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twerking without the phallus   —

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgoyVRO0A0E

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Miley’s twerking   —

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxSvhWymBA8

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Miley Cyrus age 20

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twerking

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The word “twerking” is of uncertain origin. Possibilities include a contraction of “footwork.”  or a portmanteau of twist and jerk.

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Possible origins

Comparisons have been made with traditional African dances,   for instance the Mapouka from West Africa which was banned from the television of Ivory Coast due to its suggestive nature.

In the United States, twerking was introduced into hip-hop culture by way of the New Orleans bounce music scene. In 1993, DJ Jubilee recorded the dance tune “Do The Jubilee All” in which he chanted, “Twerk baby, twerk baby, twerk, twerk, twerk.”   The video for the song increased the popularity of twerking. In 1995 New Orleans-based rapper Cheeky Blakk recorded the song “Twerk Something!” a call-and-response dance song dedicated to twerking. In 1997 DJ Jubilee recorded “Get Ready, Ready” in which he encouraged listeners to “Twerk it!”.

In 2013, “twerk” was added to the Oxford Dictionary Online. 

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The dictionary said the word had been around for 20 years, but the evidence for it to be included in the dictionary had tipped the scale when U.S. pop star Miley Cyrus gave a controversial and headline-producing twerking dance at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 25, 2013.

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Spread

Twerking received recognition in national releases at least as early as the year 2000, when the Atlanta-based Ying Yang Twins released their debut single “Whistle While You Twurk,” which received national airplay peaking at #17 on the Hip Hop Chart and was further referenced in their 2002 follow-up release, “Say I Yi Yi”, which prominently features the lyrics “She got her hands up on her knees and her elbows on her thighs, she like to twerk and that’s for certain I can tell that she fly”. In 2011 The Twerk Team was mentioned in the song “Round of Applause” by Atlanta-based rapper Waka Flocka Flame featuring Drake, including the line, “Bounce that ass, shake that ass like the Twerk Team.”  Bandz A Make Her Dance rapper Juicy J has a lyric, “Start twerking when she hear her song,”  while French Montana questions the ability of a girl to twerk by asking, “What you twerkin’ with” in his song “Pop That” featuring Drake, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross.   The song, along with “Express Yourself” by Nicky Da B & Diplo, “Made twerking the most popular dance move since the Dougie.”

In 2013, 33 students from Scripps Ranch High School were suspended for using school equipment to make a twerking video on school grounds that was later uploaded to YouTube.

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