Ever wonder what our grandparents would have been sharing on Facebook and twitter when they were raising kids? Probably things like this:
Mr. Presley has no discernible singing ability. His specialty is rhythm songs which he renders in an undistinguished whine…His one specialty is an accented movement of the body that heretofore has been primarily identified with the repertoire of the blonde bombshells of the burlesque runway. The gyration never had anything to do with the world of popular music and still doesn’t.
Jack Gould, writing in the New York Times, June 6, 1956, after Presley’s controversial performance on The Milton Berle Show
Well, I guess that settled that.
I’m about exhausted from the fervor over the Miley Cyrus VMA performance, aren’t you? It was definitely not my thing, but I don’t think it was supposed to be, any more than Elvis was out to win approval from my Mom’s dad. Is Miley a provocateur? A puppet? An insecure child? An empowered woman? Let me know when it’s all decided. I’ve got three boys to raise, and it’s complicated enough without having to conjugate the verb twerk.
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