MileyFrom The Grio – The video zones in on a pair of white women, who are openly disgusted by the size of a black woman’s derriere.

Somewhere in between that moment and right now, mainstream rap has switched its focus on white women from mockery to manipulation. It’s a cultural shift; one that has more detrimental effects than anyone cares to admit.

But as rap music and white women fade color lines with mutual exploitation, who is really winning?

“White girl” and it’s original meaning

“White girl” is a more recent euphemism for cocaine. Before rap shifted its tax bracket, cocaine was the primary means of income for many rappers, especially those who spearheaded the Coke Rap movement. There’s idolatry present in calling your moneymaker “white girl.”

In 2006, Gym Class Heroes released the track “Viva La White Girl” showing admiration for both the women and the drug in the form of a double entendre.

More recently, MDMA, rap’s latest drug of choice has been christened as “Molly,” a historically Caucasian name. It’s no coincidence that rappers connect these drugs with white women, and the events that followed since then have proven the change in tides for white women in the eyes of rappers.

Their participation in hip-hop, however, is compartmentalized. White female singer/songwriters like Dido, Skylar Grey, Lana Del Rey, and even to an extent Katy Perry have been placed upon a pedestal by rappers, collaborating with these women to either advance in the mainstream or gain their “intellectually interesting” card.

It’s a mutually beneficial relationship, deeply rooted in wishing for acceptance from either side. It turns toxic when there is one-sided artistry happening or no artistry at all, along with the sexual innuendo of fetish on behalf of either party.

Miley is more of the same

In April, Disney pop alum Miley Cyrus released a video of herself in a unicorn costume doing the suggestive hip-hop dance known as twerking.

The initial “that white girl can dance” was chased with months of melanin-deficient copycats creating their own twerking videos (producer Diplo even held a contest) until Miley surfaced again in June to twerk on stage to rapper Juicy J’s “Reaction.”

Now, the Golden Girls-esque reality TV show Golden Sisters is releasing videos with senior citizen cast members twerking, and Access Hollywood is referring to it as “the latest dance craze.” Miley is dancing no differently than 2 Live Crew’s dancers did in 1990, when Banned In the USA had Tipper Gore on proverbial suicide watch. The face has paled so the pass has been given. Are white girls the gateway drug to eliminating censorship? No. They just presently set the tone for all of black culture. That’s all.

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  • Marisa

    My issue is when “they” do anything pertaining to something blacks created its just harmless fun and “cute”. My memory is long and when black women including those girls called the “Twerk Team” were getting shine for mainstreaming it, they have been called sleazy, ratchet, ghetto etc and a lot of that is from our own. Just look at this Iggy Azelia Gardenias Petunias whatever the hell her name is propped up, bending over shaking her ass with nary an actual lyrical rap talent to actually be seen, same with Crayon/Kreyshawn. When the black female rappers like Kim, Foxy, Trina did anything considered hyper sexual oh lord its the end of civilization as we knew it. Whites have developed this gift of viewing themselves with rose colored glasses for acting ratchet but, viewing everybody else as being beneath them.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    rap’s love of white gurls DELEGITIMIZES them in my eyes……

  • Gina

    It’s not just a rap thing.

    You notice white rappers and white (usually british) “soul singers” get waaayyy more attention than black.
    Amy Winehouse
    Robin Thicke

    etc,. When whites appropriate black music, it is somehow ‘revolutionary’ and listenable.
    When blacks infiltrate ‘white’ music, they are not so kindly embraced.

    Example: Santogold (who is pretty big in the indie world, but she was first in a punk band called Stiff) , Alexis Brown from the metal band Straight Line Stitch, Angel Taylor who is the black ‘colbie caillet’ (sp?)

  • SayWhat

    Are we just now noticing the fetish that the rap culture has for white women? Did no one not get a clue when hip-hop radio stations starting hosting ‘white girl tuesday’s’? How about when Coco (shudders) became the face of urban modeling? Or what about when Naz and Beyoncé went to Gweneth Paltrow’s defense for using the ‘n’ word? cause you know, she’s down with us.
    Let’s be honest, white women have and will always be in vogue in the black community. I don’t see that changing any time soon.

  • BriA

    No Iggy does get shit from people when she dances like that – I’m a fan I know lol – she hardly did it in her new video “Work” and people were calling her a slut and other types of names…..she even did a song “Pussy” and got more shit because she was talking about how good her vagina and vaginas are period – the same way men talk about their dicks and dicking girls down but when a woman ever raps about their all of a sudden their hoes and shit

    But you’re right though about everything else

  • MimiLuvs

    I agree with you, Be.
    Not too long ago, there was an article, here on Clutch, where one contributor claimed that she was tired of seeing women/teenaged girls twerking. I even remember a commentator stating that twerking was derived from the traditional style of African dancing… And that comment caused a few people to write comments to dispute that claim.
    But, I will say that in regards to Miley Cyrus and other non-black women/minors twerking, people’s reactions haven’t changed… Well from what I’ve read.
    Personally, I have no problem with twerking. In fact, for as long as I can remember, twerking has been around for at least two decades. It seems to me that it has become… “Nasty” ( I can’t think of a better word) when YouTube and camera phones hit the market.

  • geenababe

    I agree what Saywhat this has been around to the point where it disgusts me. Also at Gina we are just more accepting than other cultures. Those partly are downfall, we can’t keep anything to ourselves because we love letting outside people in. While they usually love keeping us out at any cost.

  • Ravi

    Honestly haven’t notice it becoming pervasive. There has always been a sprinkling of white appreciation within black pop culture. It doesn’t seem to have become the mode. Maybe I’m just listening to too much Kweli, Common, Black Thought, Lupe, Mos Def etc.

  • Kayla

    YES! I agree the black community has no boundaries, We will try to adopt any other culture than our own. So when someone of another race wants a piece of “black culture” ignorant blacks will just give it up because they are just glad someone is interested in our culture.

  • Shug Avery (@rastaqueen92)

    I’m so sick and tired of being sick and tired. Black women have been twerking since the 90s. Back Dat Ass Up, every Luke and the 2 live crew cut, Ying Yang twins, Jingling Baby (go head daddy). These rappers that are backing this shii wouldn’t lend the same effort in celebrating their own sisters so that’s why I don’t support them. Black culture is popular black people and especially black women are not.

    Damn Miley
    Damn Iggy
    Damn any white woman appropriater

    And FYI what MIley is doing is not twerking, that is called long backing…having a seizure…looking a hot white mess but don’t you dare call it twerking.

  • Perspective

    No comment

  • Justanotheropinion

    Enough. Any mention of Miley Cyrus/twerking ain’t worth they key strokes.

  • Anon

    Frankly, if you’re that upset that negros from the projects whose main come up in life is switching from calling you a female dog to a beat to giving praise to a white girl for shaking her booty… you NEED NEW PEOPLE.

    Jesus be a book beyond the bible. Why has it taken some of you over 20 years to realize that many of those men don’
    Snoop dog leading black women around in dog collars? Your sperm donor ghosting on you? No, REALLY besides an Ike Turner type move where you end up in the hospital what MORE do these men have to do to prove that THEY DON’T WANT YOU?

  • Ms. Write

    Keep in mind that the women protesting that video were actually not that many. I remember that time very well. You are making it seem like all Black women were up in arms about it and that simply isn’t true.

    I highly doubt that Black women stopped auditioning for music video parts because of Tip Drill. Are you kidding me? What happened was once these rappers got put on, it wasn’t fashionable anymore to have Black women in their videos.

    Lastly, what the hell does Miley twerking have to do with feminism? Nobody is talking about video girls here, the main theme of the article is white apropriation.

    I’m sick of these anti-femnist rants that have nothing to do with the article. Stick to the subject at hand please.

  • L

    I noticed this in our culture a long time ago. We are so quick to lift up anything but our own. “They” don’t do the same for us. A white singer Train had a song called “Soul Sister” and even in that video they casted a white woman.

  • geenababe

    I remember someone mention that was something else. Title the song “Soul sister” but not cast any black women.

  • IjusWannaSay…


    Reminds me of the Scooby Doo cartoons where the perpetrators always say this junk at the end:

    “…and I would have gotten away if wasn’t for you meddlin’ kids!”

    Cape much?

  • Ms Write

    Lol. What exactly am I accepting responsibility for? Who are “you black feminist?” Just because there weren’t white women in early hip hop videos doesn’t mean it was because black feminist drove them away.

    Your only point of reference are the Spellmen women who boycotted Nelly’s appearance at their university. Your memory is lax because it was not the women booty shaking in his video that caused the backlash, it was the sliding down of the credit card on a woman’s backside. Get your facts straight.

    There were no white women in earlier hip hop videos because for a long time rap music videos were not widely accepted by everyone outside of the Black community. Once it was, you can see the progressive diminishing of darker women for Latina and white women. Like I said in my previous reply, once these rappers got mainstream appeal.

    But, I’m just convinced that you will only see what you want to see. You obviously have a chip on your shoulder about Black feminist which is clouding your logic. Good day.

  • Ms Write

    It never fails. Anytime there is an article on Clutch, some male with a chip on his shoulder reaches to find a way to blame it on the Black feminist. Have serveral seats. Lol

  • MimiLuvs

    @Ms Write

    My father once told me “You’ll be amaze at how many individuals become a group of super-heroes once they see a white woman’s tears.”

  • GG

    Is it just me but I notice that when they started putting non-black women in the videos it was less degrading. You got to see their face and beauty versus the black women it’s face down/a** up just disgusting. I think they would never try those things to other women cause they know that can’t get away with it.

  • Ms Write


    Sigh. I’m gonna leave you to it after this because you are digging yourself into a deeper hole of nonsensical statements, each one more illogical than the one before.

    I remember the Tip Drill video well. Minus the credit card fiasco, it was just like every other video on BET Uncut that no one said boo about.

    So you use Beastie Boys as the one example to prove that Hip Hop was widely accepted? You do realize you are proving the point of the article right? (Which is about white appropriation in case you forgot.)

    Let me break it down for you. Yes Hip Hop has been around for a long time. However, rap such as 2 Live Crew, NWA, Snoop Dog etc were not widely accepted by whites. Remember when certain officials in the government wanted to censor these artists and their videos? Suburban parents didn’t want their teenagers poorly influenced by rap. It was even looked down upon for directors to direct a rap video.

    Put all of that aside and let’s remember that video girls were at first just around the way girls from the rappers hometowns or blocks. Then professional models started being used when rap videos became a hot commodity. We all know how Blacks and darker women have not been accepted into the modeling industry with open arms.

    Yet and still none of this has anything to do with Miley using rappers and twerking for street cred. So again, what is your point?

  • Ms Write

    You documented nothing. You proved nothing. You had no evidence to support your argument except for Tip Drill.

    Show me where there were protests around the country over Tip Drill other than the Spellman College campus. I will wait…..

    See my rebuttle above. I just told you why there were virtually no white girls inmusic videos prior to early 2000s.

  • Ms Write


  • MimiLuvs


    I hardly watch rap videos anymore, but the last ones that I did see. I’ve noticed that the non-black models were receiving “face time” during their shots. They were sitting next to the rapper(s). Or they were lounging.
    However, the black models weren’t shown as detailed with the exception of a few body parts.

  • GG

    yes, I notice this as well. This is not strictly rap cause I’m not a fan either but in all black male related videos they do this. The black girls get dark lights where you can’t see them but booty but non-black girls get a desire/beautiful look.

  • Yb

    You are grossly misinformed. Black women across the nation did not boycott or protest rap videos. Black women in this country are often too blind to realize that denigration from ones if their own race is still denigration. Black men/rappers did not putting black women in rap/R&B videos because black women did not like the way they were portrayed. Trust, you all do not care about the wishes and feelings of black women. Rappers stopped putting black women in videos because they CHOSE to, not because of any outside pressures. They dediced casting black interests in their videos was no longer en vogue.get real

    A select few number of black women protested rap videos. Black women never said that they did not want to play live interests who treated as human beings and objects of affection in music videos. They protested being treated like cattle and slaves if meat akin to slavery, being called black bitch and hoe. Mind you the non black women in videos today aren’t treated like this.

  • Yee

    A good example would be the ASAP Rocky, 2 Chaniz, Kendrick Lamar, and Drake video for f-king problems

  • Ms Write

    So according to your logic that Black feminists ruined work for Black video girls there would be no Black “big booty hoes” in 2 Chainz’s video “All I want for my birthday?” right? GTFOH. I’m done. Again, you have proved nothing.

    By the way, I’m curious. Have you ever actually talked with a Black feminist about their ideals or do you just like running your mouth? Because if you did, you would not that to put us all in the same proverbial boat and thinking we share the same ideology is erroneous.I know plenty of Black feminist not once have I heard them label a video girl a hoe. As a mater of fact, we do the opposite. Like a another reader said, nobody ever protested Black women playing the love interest of a rapper or some other humanizing role. The protest was being looked upon as meat and dispensible objects.

    Yet again you have not proven the correlation with Miley’s twerking.

  • kelly

    you hit on the nail in the head, back in the day all you saw was black women in these videos, it wasnt till protest and what not that it ended.

  • KKay

    So true, LOL. Although I consider them smokejumpers.

  • paintgurl40

    I can’t stand this double standard: when non-black people do something, it’s considered cute and trendy, but when WE do it it’s trashy and ghetto. I remember when black women had crazy nail designs in the 90′s and it was called “ghetto”, trashy and non professional. Now that the white women and Japanese are doing it, it’s nail ART and fun!

  • jaebee81

    “Rappers adjusted with white and latina girls who gladly took black girls place, for less money, with a smile. Now, you all are complaining because black girls aren’t in these videos? “Throws hands up” smmfh”

    You must be REALLY young to believe that the replacement of black women as video “models” JUST started happening as of 2008. And no, dark black girls DID NOT control music videos prior to that.

  • Billy boson

    2LiveCrew did all this 20+ years ago. Twerking is something new?

  • Geechee Goddess (@JumpJunkieJoe)

    Just a correction, Travis McCoy said that that song is about neither cocaine nor white women.

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