Singapore parents think Miley Cyrus's twerking is a bad influence

13 September 2013 / 3 years 1 month ago

A dancing move called twerking - recently made infamous by former child star Miley Cyrus - is not going down with Singapore parents. The dance involves a person shaking his or her hips in a half-squat position, causing the buttocks to shake or wobble.

The actress-singer, now 20, raised eyebrows last month when she executed the sexually provocative dance moves at the MTV Video Music Awards. Some parents who found the dance distasteful told The Straits Times RazorTV that they have stopped their children from watching Cyrus' old TV series Hannah Montana, although the popular Disney series did not feature any twerking.

The show, which ran from 2006 to 2011, is now in syndication. It is about a girl who lives a double life as an average teenager by day and a famous pop singer Hannah Montana by night. Still, these parents are worried that their children may follow the footsteps of Miley.

"If my children were to dance like this, I would flip," said Madam Ruth Lee, 33, a vice-president of a local bank's group financial systems support department. Said the mother of two children aged two and four: "It's very disturbing to have a kid imitating Miley Cyrus. Nowadays kids are exposed to sexuality at too early an age."

Mr Kevin Thio, 42, the managing director of a local design firm and a father of four kids aged four to 13, said: "It's gross. She's definitely not a role model." To others, Miley is, however, simply the latest in the grand old tradition of other child stars gone wild, like Macaulay Culkin, Britney Spears and Amanda Bynes.

Thrust under the spotlight at such a young age, their descent into troubled adolescence seems inevitable - and predictable. But for Hot FM 91.3 DJ Joshua Simon, Miley's antics do not mean that she has not gone off the rails like most child stars have, but that she is simply "growing up".

"That's what I like about Miley Cyrus. She's very aware," said Simon, 23. "She proved a point that the music industry is all about virality. She just waltzed in and stole the show."

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