Twitter Reacts To New York Times Piece On Twerking


Stacy-Ann Ellis | September 2, 2013 - 8:59 pm

Somewhere in America, someone’s still trying to explain twerking.

Shortly after Miley Cyrus’ shocking MTV VMA performance, ABC News sought to educate curious minds on the twerking phenomenon with a researched report. The news brief prompted a hilarious clap back from outraged tweeters through the #ABCReports trending topic. The New York Times is the next powerhouse news outlet to take part in the twerking tirade.

Author Teddy Wayne penned a satirical piece for the Times’ opinion pages about explaining the dance craze to parents, but it’s safe to say that after readers saw one particular line, they weren’t laughing:

“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.”

Whether or not readers were informed, in agreement or offended, they took to Twitter to drag Wayne for his remarks by @ing him and creating the #askteddywayne hashtag. Here are some of the most eye-catching reactions to float down our timeline.