During the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus simulated analingus before slapping her black backup dancer’s ass—three times. That moment captures the two biggest issues I have with Miley’s new image: the exploitation of black culture and the exploitation of queer culture.
A topless model in a red bikini bottom and trench coat strides toward a cherry red Toyota. The trench is cut high in back to reveal the model’s twitching ass. The trench comes off: narrow waist, smooth back. The model walks on, unsmiling: sculpted cheekbones, gauged ears, blonde hair draping shoulders. Once in front of the car, the model turns. Hair flips over the shoulder, arms cross. A fraction of a second and you realize: It’s a guy.