Singer Miley Cyrus has gained quite a bit of notoriety for “her role as the new twerk queen,” as she’s described in an article on MTV News. For better or for worse, it’s a reign that began for the outlandish performer with her controversial dance display during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
Now, twerking has invaded Russia, where a video of a dance school performance has attracted more than 16.5 million views on YouTube and has sent Russian government officials into a frenzy of outrage and indignation. In fact, as The Moscow Times reports, an official investigation has been launched into how such a scandalous performance could make its way onto the stage and into a wildly popular video being viewed around the world.
“Investigators said Tuesday they had detected ‘signs of indecency’ in a video of teenage girls twerking provocatively at a dance school performance in Orenburg while wearing the orange and black colors associated with Russian patriotism.”
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The news article also notes that Russian authorities have identified “evidence of criminal negligence on the part of the dance school’s management” for allowing this kind of provocative performance to go on.
Though the girls’ performance was supposedly designed around the classic story of Winnie the Pooh — you’ll note the person in the bear costume holding a jar labeled “honey” at the beginning of the video — a number of critics have charged that the orange and black colors of the young dancers’ costumes resembled Russia’s honored St. George ribbons associated with the nation’s Victory Day.