On this Ass Wednesday, I thought we’d be a little educational. So twerking…what is it? Well one Urban Dictionary entry defines it as, “the act of moving/ shaking ones ass/buns/bottom/buttocks/bum-bum in a circular, up-and-down, and side-to-side motion.” If you take note of the GIF, you will see that this is a fairly apt description.
You may have come across the term recently in the news when a group of students got suspended for making a Youtube video that featured a whole lot of teenage twerking. Side note for a second here. Seriously, we’re suspending kids for this? They’re just being stupid kids. Something we can all relate to. No harm came to themselves or anyone else. Let them have their damn twerking! Ok, rant over, now where was I…
As far as appearing in pop culture, it is a pretty recent fad. The term was first mentioned in the early to mid 1990’s, but it was only recently more widely recognized when it started to work its way into mainstream hip hop culture. The video for Diplo’s song “Express Yourself” (seen below) helped launch the craze.
Well that’s all for today’s lesson. Please feel free to submit your own twerk videos for our viewing pleasure.