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Harry Styles Thinks Twerking Is ‘Quite Inappropriate’ Because He’s So Adorably British And Also Totally Right

One Direction at the One Direction This is Us New York premiere August 2013

Well, a week later and Miley’s horrifying eyesore of a performance still has tongues wagging (especially hers), so we might as well keep talking about it if Harry Styles is still talking about it, right?  Right.  Recently asked about his thoughts on the Twerking Phenomenon of 2013 (as it shall henceforth be known), Harry said:

“I think it’s quite inappropriate. Especially for the age groups it’s aimed at.  I think it’s, you know, promoting promiscuity.”

All of the guys in One Direction then went on to confirm that they worry about the young age of their fans, especially “when they’re twerking.” (Yes, we know Harry was jokingly twerking at the Kid’s Choice Awards.) Now, I don’t mean for this to get into a serious discussion on the psychological effects of ass-dancing in young children, but these guys are totally right.  It’s not funny, it’s not cute, and it’s totally something a “cool mom” would think is totally okay for their pre-teens to be doing (I’ve seen this happen with my own two eyes, no joke).  Because if it’s just kids being silly, it’s okay for them to be sexual! Ugh.

On a related note, I’m so over privileged, young white girls using their idea of black culture as a prop for their own entertainment. Whether it’s twerking, using the word “ratchet” when trying to be bitchy or funny, etc., the fact that it’s rapidly spreading to teens and pre-teens as something that’s okay to do because it’s “funny” or “cool” makes me more than a little sick.  It’s ridiculous.

Anyway, the bigger picture here is that a popular boy band with an insanely large fan base addressed–in their own way–the hyper-sexualization of their young, female fans. Maybe Harry Styles didn’t mean to, maybe he was just put on the spot with a few questions and answered them as best he could in a lighthearted way without throwing Miley under the bus.  But kudos to him and the rest of the guys for being so mature and genuine.

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  • mse63

    Not to be rude or anything but isn’t him twerking at the KCA was basically him promoting the stuff as this ‘cool silly trendy thing to do’? I understand where this is coming from and all – although let’s also examine the lyrics to Blurred Lines and a bunch of other cool hit songs (and also their music videos) because these kids are already ruined for life if we go according to that – but just saying.

    • Rachel

      Many of his fans are already ruined, some of the things they say on social media… sheesh : vulgar

  • Rachel

    Inappropriate (and extremely annoying) as it may be, it started out as something amongst young ADULTS. Simple fix is don’t let your kids be apart of it, but that won’t happen because there are too many “cool” parents out their who have no idea/let their kids do whatever they want.

  • MCR

    It’s not just inappropriate, especially for the very young, it’s annoyingly stupid. It’s very much as if doing The Worm became wildly popular and was done constantly, everywhere, only with some added sexual vulgarity thrown in.

  • NickNack

    This is coming from a guy that was tonging (licking and whatnot) his fingers “quite inapproprately” and suggestively in public, while getting his picture taken.