Yes, Miley Cyrus’ VMAs performance was problematic, but the body-snarking and slut-shaming is, too

I won’t lie: I thought her performance was over-the-top, unoriginal and icky (Madonna rang, she wants her shock value back). There are valid criticisms to be made, for sure, especially about the racial overtones — Vulture calls Cyrus out for essentially leading a “minstrel show,” noting the offensiveness of Cyrus’ recent “annexing [of] working-class black ‘ratchet’ culture, the potent sexual symbolism of black female bodies.” That’s a valid criticism to level at the pop star, and one that deserves attention. But other responses to Cyrus’ performance have been borderline offensive in their own right, and in some ways, I’m more grossed out by certain reactions to her show than the show itself.

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