I remember watching her performance a couple years ago and thinking to myself “wow this isn’t the same girl from Disney Channel” but to an extent I understand that it’s okay to to want to change your image from being a good girl to being a young rebel instead. Although, I can see how the performance can be interpreted as racist especially by Miley saying she wants her next album to have a “black sound” and then proceeding to portray that sound through ratchet culture which is highly stereotypical. But does that mean white women can’t twerk?
It’s no secret however, that Black women are hyper sexualized in American entertainment which is practically shown in majority of rap videos. Watching music videos was probably Miley’s only way to experience “black culture” which is why her interpretation of it in her performance was so stereotypical, she simply didn’t know better.
Nonetheless, this definitely got people talking about her. I can even remember how badly Twitter blew up after the performance with enormous amounts of memes based on Miley’s awful twerking. It was a great marketing strategy for her upcoming album and probably even got her new fans. At the end of the day the music industry is a business in which you can turn publicity into profit and that’s exactly what Miley has done.