I had to laugh at this. All of the conservatives out there, I have three words: GET A GRIP! This picture of President Barack Obama on the phone with the left foot on the desk is making viral headlines. Oh, and the outrage from the right wing maniacs and right wing faithful are just spilling their guts out. In Milwaukee today, as the students have gone back to school, and most of them have started ahead of time, and folks are mad at Obama just because a foot on a desk. First the umbrella thing, and now this. Many are saying like “oh its a disgrace to the office of the White House!” or “It’s a travesty! That negro president gone crazy. Get Your FEET OF THE DESK!” Oh trust me. The think tanks are working. Ever since Obama came into office and got the chair yet again, more and more right wing hate had build up. Now when the Bushes, Clintons, Fords, Nixons and many others who were in office, and had their feet up per say, did y’all get mad? Hmmmmmm……… I wonder why. Personally, this too shall pass. Literally. And it’s no surprise when the President got elected and re-elected, there’s always this Right Wing Wall of no’s. Or he’s a Muslim.(which he’s not!) Or he’s here it comes: SOCIALIST! Has a look of Hitler, or “Obamacare” is going to ruin my job. Or they never cared about the Jobs bill that should have been shovel ready long time ago!
Now, am I glad that he’s got the foot on the desk? Or is it his statement. Maybe he listened to the quote he said last year: “I’m the President.”
Personally, this is so silly. And right wingers know it. And by the way, I wouldn’t mind having a photo print of that pic in my Obama Collection.
Speaking of silly, take a look of this news article from yesterday. Many of us Americans were taking the day off due to Labor Day, but this article? Really? Courtesy of the New York Times
Explaining Twerking to Your Parents
By TEDDY WAYNE
Every child dreads this day: sooner or later, your parents will come to you, innocently wide-eyed, to ask you about twerking. How you handle this difficult conversation is extremely important and could have a significant impact on the way your parents think about twerking for years to come. You may prefer to put off the big “twerk talk,” but remember that it’s far better for you to be the one to explain than for them to learn on their own by searching YouTube.
A critical first step is to acknowledge that twerking is a normal part of life and that there is nothing shameful in their questions. They’re parents, after all, and this is the sort of thing they hear about on NPR, and, well, they’re curious.
Explain that twerking is a dance move typically associated with lower-income African-American women that involves the rapid gyration of the hips in a fashion that prominently exhibits the elasticity of the gluteal musculature.
They will reasonably wonder why Miley Cyrus, who is white and wealthy, does it at every opportunity. Patiently respond that, for Ms. Cyrus, twerking is a brazenly cynical act of cultural appropriation being passed off as a rebellious reclamation of her sexuality after a childhood in the Disneyfied spotlight, but, in the end, who are we really to judge? I mean, it can’t be a picnic being Billy Ray’s daughter, and remember that Vanity Fair picture of them? That was just …weird.
Though they won’t comprehend the Billy Ray references, they will nod, understanding that Ms. Cyrus’s motivations to twerk are complicated by a raft of personal, socioeconomic and third-wave-feminist issues.
Upon hearing what twerking is, it is natural for your parents to want to experiment with it. They may even proudly announce, “Look at us, we’re twerking!” not recognizing the inappropriateness of their actions and words. Try to resist the urge to chastise them; doing so will only increase their desire to twerk in defiance, perhaps in private.
It is also possible that your parents may suggest twerking at their next dinner party, after the radicchio salad with caramelized pears. Adopt a strict no-tolerance policy for group twerking unless you are there to supervise, other parents’ children are informed beforehand and have given permission, and everyone in attendance is invited to participate, including the Pearlsteins.
There’s a chance some of their peers are already twerking — most likely the younger parents. If they feel pressure to twerk to feel accepted, point out that anyone who forces you to twerk when you’re not ready for it isn’t a real friend, and that you think it’s just as “cool” not to twerk but instead to do, say, the jitterbug.
They may ask if you twerk with your significant other. Tell them that when a young man and young woman love each other very much and are in a packed, sweaty nightclub playing commercial hip-hop, yes, they sometimes twerk to express their affections. Assure them that just because you twerk with someone else and not with them doesn’t mean you love them any less — just that you show your love for them in a different way; for instance, by having strained three-day visits over Christmas.
With a no-nonsense yet empathetic approach, you can create a safe space in which to discuss twerking with your parents. If handled sensitively, a positive twerking dialogue will prepare them for future conversations concerning a host of other topics they’ve heard about but don’t understand, such as grinding, Ecstasy dance raves and the Instagram.
Teddy Wayne is the author of the novels “The Love Song of Jonny Valentine” and “Kapitoil.”
I have to say something: WHAT?!!!!!
What kind of journalism crap is this?!!!
Let me get this straight: The author, Teddy Wayne writes an article on Twerking. And he believed that the dance, in his words: “twerking is a dance move typically associated with lower-income African-American women that involves the rapid gyration of the hips in a fashion that prominently exhibits the elasticity of the gluteal musculature.”
So technically he thinks, or thought that the dance is one of those nasty dances that black folks made up, in low income neighborhoods with the hips of gyration? Excuse my french, but what the hell is this author is trying to say?
Obviously, this dude, who had to be non-black in a sense, didn’t do his homework. I’m going there today! He didn’t really clarify on how a dance like Twerking got started. Now for those who are like this dude and believed every word in this article: It’s time to go to school RIGHT NOW!!!! Get your notes, book bags, and leave your Wikipedias at home. I’m in the classroom at the front and I’m your freaking teacher on this!
Schools’s in session. Let’s talk the history of Twerking. OK class: First lesson question. Can anyone tell me how Twerking began. I mean really began. Who made it possible for the dance to get started?
Does the Miley Cyrus fans know?
Ok. Since those in the room may not have a clue. I guess I have to tell the story which is part of the long lineage of African Culture. If those referenced my previous blog or my other blogs about Twerking, it’s has ties to African dancing. Originally, it’s called the Mapouka. Look it up. And the gyration of the hips per say, that those don’t understand, that is part of the dance in which it was originated. In laymen’s terms: it’s part of the black culture. Now there are many today, who are talking down about Twerking being this raunchy dance or a hybrid version of the 21st Century’s Tootsie Roll or the Rump Shaker. Twerking maybe new, but it’s really old. Old school dances, do comeback in new form or fashion. But the concept is the same.
- Poor Black Women Didn’t Originate Twerking (essence.com)
- When Twerking Goes Terribly Wrong (kluc.cbslocal.com)
- Obama’s foot on Oval Office desk sends shockwaves around the world (washingtontimes.com)
- Obama’s foot causes right wingers to faint (pullingtotheleft.wordpress.com)