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  1. Miley Cyrus Twerks a Cultural Nerve

    Miley Cyrus made “twerking” one of the top Google searches of the year. Her cheeky performance with Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards sent chastisers’ tongues wagging, but also sent any number of imitators’ derrières waggling. Though twerking was familiar to hip hop and rap circles, the word hardly cracked the mainstream lexicon until Cyrus provoked a furor. Sinead O’Connor, alt-goth queen Amanda Palmer, and even Catching Fire star and Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence weighed in – as well as OZY readers. But at the end of the day, the outcry seemed less about Miley, and more about judgments of young women.

    Sources: MTV (Video), USA Today, National Post, People, New Statesman

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