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Woman Faces 10 Years for Twerking on Stranger

Male victim says he felt 'humiliated' and 'violated'

(Newser) - A woman could face 10 years in prison after twerking on a man without his consent at a gas station in DC, reports the Houston Chronicle . The unidentified victim says the abuse started when two women flashed him while he was pumping gas on Oct. 7. While in the checkout... More »

Maine Principal Cancels Dances, Blames 'MTV/VHS'

This principal says grinding and twerking go too far

(Newser) - A Maine high school is doing away with all dances except the "classier" prom this year, the principal announced in an open letter to parents, and "modern dance culture" lies at the heart of the move. Dating himself considerably (or perhaps forgetting how VH1 is spelled), Gorham High... More »

Russia Jails 3 Over 'Erotic, Sexual Twerk Dance'

Dance in front of WWII monument does not go over well

(Newser) - Note to Miley: No twerking in Russia, where the BBC reports three women have just been jailed for performing what prosecutors charmingly call an "erotic and sexual twerk dance" in front of a World War II memorial. "This incident of disrespect for the memory of war history is... More »

Taylor Swift Accused of 'Perpetuating Black Stereotypes'

New video for 'Shake It Off' riles more than a few

(Newser) - Taylor Swift announced her upcoming album, 1989, Monday by releasing a music video for the first single, "Shake It Off." The video features, among other things, Swift dancing alongside twerking, break-dancing black back-up dancers—and not everyone is happy about it, Salon reports. Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt... More »

3 Women Arrested After Twerking Near City Hall

Drugs in the car didn't help, either

(Newser) - Some ill-advised twerking got three women in trouble in Oregon this week. Police say that after Coura Valazquez paid a fine in municipal court at Beaverton City Hall, she celebrated as she left by twerking in front of the court's windows with friend Brittany Medak, 20, reports KPTV . Another... More »

Helen Mirren Twerks at Harvard

As she wins its annual Hasty Pudding award

(Newser) - Helen Mirren has been honored as woman of the year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, twerking as part of the traditional spoof roast yesterday. Mirren at first tried to sign the word "twerk," then let slip a curse word and danced. She said she's tried... More »

'Selfie,' 'Twerk' Dubbed Most Annoying Words of 2013

People are pretty sick of '#hashtag' too

(Newser) - A Michigan university has issued its annual list of annoying words, and those flexible enough to take selfies of themselves twerking should take note. In addition to "selfie" and "twerking," there was a strong sense among those who nominated words to this year's list that the... More »

Lily Allen Returns, Rips Twerking, 'Blurred Lines'

New single, 'Hard Out Here,' released

(Newser) - British singer Lily Allen has released her first single in three years, coming out of semi-retirement to cheekily take a swing at the music industry and its treatment of women. The video for "Hard Out Here" features Allen's scantily-clad dancers "twerking" and Allen herself pretending to get... More »

Miley Tweaks Shutdown, VMAs

Turns in hysterical performance in 'We Did Stop'

(Newser) - Miley Cyrus and her tongue showed up at Saturday Night Live last night, with the former blessedly declaring "There will be no twerking tonight," before going on to a solid, if relatively uncontroversial, showing. While her turns as a high school cheerleader and would-be rapper fell short, observes... More »

Miley Got 2 Tattoos... for Rolling Stone Shoot

Here are the 7 most disturbing things from the article

(Newser) - Miley Cyrus and her tongue, which apparently has serious trouble staying in her mouth, are on the cover of Rolling Stone . It's difficult to pick just one disturbing thing from the accompanying article, so we'll run down the top 7 for you:
  • Cyrus starts the interview by getting
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Kimmel: I Was Behind Viral Twerking Prank

Video of woman catching on fire was faked by comedian

(Newser) - Odds are you saw it, and maybe you questioned it—but we guarantee you didn’t see this coming. This video went viral last week: a young woman Twerking in her bedroom, and apparently accidentally lighting herself on fire after falling. But last night on his show, Jimmy Kimmel revealed... More »

Miley Cut From Vogue Cover Over VMAs: Report

Apparently Anna Wintour is not a fan of twerking

(Newser) - Cut from the cover? Seems Miley Cyrus twerking at MTV’s Video Music Awards may have cost her the cover of Vogue. Newsy reports: More »

WaPo Columnist Links Miley, 'So-Called Steubenville Rape'

Richard Cohen sets off a firestorm on the Internet

(Newser) - Richard Cohen condemns teenage culture in the Washington Post today, and in so doing manages to link Miley Cyrus' VMA twerking to what he terms the "so-called Steubenville rape case." He uses the qualifier because "this was not a rape involving sexual intercourse." The passed-out girl... More »

Thanks, Miley: 'Twerking' Now in Dictionary

Derp, derp, derp, vom.

(Newser) - It seems Miley Cyrus is dominating our conversations in more ways than one. Among words added this quarter to the Oxford Dictionaries Online is "twerking" —the ass-shaking dance move that had everyone talking about Miley after this week's MTV VMAs . Though the word has been around for... More »

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