Why Is Miley Cyrus Twerking?
On March 20, Miley Cyrus tweeted a link to a video of herself twerking in a unicorn onesie. (According to Urban Dictionary, “twerk” means “to work one’s body, as in dancing, especially the rear end.”) So if you don’t have time to watch Miley’s masterpiece, here’s the gist: Miley shakes her booty while loosely disguised as a unicorn. Naturally, it quickly became an Internet sensation.
In her On Air With Ryan Seacrest interview just two days later, Miley explained the genesis of the viral clip: “I had a photoshoot earlier that day, so I didn’t really want to get dressed because I was just going to get dressed at the photoshoot anyway,” she said. “So I wore the unicorn onesie, and then my friend was like, ‘Oh, everyone’s gone. We have the backdrop and the lighting.’ So I just started dancing, and I was like, ‘Here’s my phone, will you record it really quick?’ And he recorded it, and I showed a few people, and they said, ‘Tweet it.’ So there it is.”
She joked that it’s been her most well-received public offering to date. “I can’t sing, I can’t act, I’m dumb, I’m a hillbilly. But I can twerk,” she said.