I missed last week’s Weekly Writing Challenge so I suppose I should participate in this week’s. Fortunately, the topic treats a critical issue of national importance: Miley Cyrus’ twerking debacle. In the United States, we constantly hear of the value of leveraging our diversity to meet the day’s challenges. And as it turns out, twerking originates from African American cultures, defined broadly.
It looks like we have some diversity to leverage.
I do not wish to delve into whether yet another overrated “entertainer” has crossed the bounds of decency. I care about the contributions she can make to her country. As we sit here debating her sexualized gestures, a much more important debate is taking place over military action in Syria. We should all find this juxtaposition breathtaking; moreover, an obvious solution to both problems emerges if we just take a moment to think about it.
I suggest that we send Ms. Cyrus to Syria to perform in lieu of military airstrikes. Let her keep the scant costuming and all the hip movements she wants. Syria, being a Muslim country, is much less tolerant of such behavior by women than we are; her presence there should sufficiently punish the guilty parties. I also suspect that the inevitable fear of an encore performance would prevent any further use of chemical weapons.
And for those of us who are sick of hearing about Miley Cyrus, this solution presents an added bonus. Sending her to a hotspot of international conflict would ensure that we’d never have to hear about her again. After all, the media usually avoids reporting on anything of real significance.