What’s left to talk about in the aftermath of Miley Cyrus’ provocative MTV Video Music Awards performance?
How about a scientific explanation for “twerking,” the dance that Cyrus, wearing next to nothing, displayed to the world on Sunday?
ABC News, clearly being a bit tongue-in-cheek, consulted a researcher to bring its audience “Twerking: A Scientific Explanation
.” Exercise science professor Michele Olson, who teaches at Auburn University, got the call.
“You take a wide stance with your legs turned out at 10 and 2 so your hips are externally rotated,” she told ABC News. “Then you pulse up and down as you thrust the pelvis bone forward and back.”
Sounds simple enough.
Olson told the site it can constitute a decent workout, but that over-twerking can hurt your lower back and knees.
It raises the question: Is doing any dance or exercise without the risk of bodily harm worth the bother?
In related news, The Onion
has published a faux commentary from a fictitious CNN.com editor titled, “Let me explain why Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance was our top story this morning.
It’s perfect satire of the truly imperfect news media.
Social media also took the ridiculous “news” report to a place of satire, quickly taking up the hashtag #ABCReports
and making it a trending topic.
International Design Times
compiled 25 of its favorite tweets from users mocking the network that you can read here
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Whether or not Miley or the hashtag had anything to do with it, TechCrunch reports
that “twerk” is among the slew of new tech-related words added to Oxford Dictionaries Online, where it is defined as:
v.: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.
So is “twerk” a “word of the year” contender?