American newspaper columnist Richard Cohen has taken twerkgate to ridiculous new heights, slamming Miley Cyrus and her booty shakin’ Video Music Awards performance as a “cheap act” in The Washington Post and then going on to casually link it to the Steubenville rape case.
Hold up, you say. What’s Miley’s rear end got to do with a 16-year-old girl being raped? According to 65-year-old Cohen, everything, with the “journalist” suggesting that the pop star’s slutty ways are corrupting the youth of today:
“I run the risk of old-fogeyness for suggesting the girl’s a tasteless twit — especially that bit with the foam finger. (Look it up, if you must.) But let me also suggest that acts such as hers not only objectify women but debase them. They encourage a teenage culture that has set the women’s movement back on its heels. What is being celebrated is not sexuality but sexual exploitation, a mean casualness that deprives intimacy of all intimacy.”
He then goes on to helpfully clarify that the Steubenville case was not a “rape-rape” anyway, because there was no intercourse – it just a pesky bit of fingering an unconscious girl and putting the D in her mouth, not the gang rape it was painted as. However, if we condemn sluts like Ms Miley, perhaps we’ll rid the yoof of today of the idea that such behaviour is acceptable, right?
It’s worth noting that Cohen himself has been pulled up by The Post for sexually harassing a 23-year-old female colleague, according to the New York Observer, which should probably be taken on board when considering his take on the problems with the kids of today and female sexuality.