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Video of Young Boy ‘Twerking’ Causes Outrage, Questions Parenting

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A young boy posted a video of himself dancing like an exotic dancer on a Facebook fanpage titled Twerkers Gone Wild.

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A short video clip of a visibly young boy gyrating, i.e. ‘twerking,’ surfaced on the Twerkers Gone Wild Facebook fanpage. The video, titled “Wheres This Kid Father?” has acquired 24,800+ comments, 54,500+ shares, and 19,700+ comments.

In the clip, the young boy introduces himself and informs the viewer that he is conducting a ‘twerk’ session. Incase you’re not knowledgeable of the meaning of twerking, Urban Dictionary defines it as to work one’s body, as in dancing, especially the rear end. The young boy turns on a hip-hop song and begins to gyrate and smack his rear end throughout the video. It’s obvious he has practiced the routine for quite some time. If you’re wondering: “What’s wrong with that?” The answer to your question depends on where you stand with the ongoing debate about whether or not there is a hidden agenda to make African-American men effeminate.

While most commenters bashed the child and/or simply stated how shocked they were after watching the video, one commenter, Terese Evans, believes the child is on the right path. “[Y]all just mad cause he moves better than you. Leave the kid alone he actually has some skills. And will probably end up making more than everybody on here bashing him. Not to mention the fact that dancing like that doesn’t make you gay. Either you are or you’re not. If he is there’s nothing his parents can do about it anyway. if he’s not ladies look out. this kids got some crazy hip skills,” she said. Another commenter, Nola Hood, believed people were wrongfully sticking up for the boy. “He seems very young and he is moving as though he is experienced, and by that I mean..not a virgin. I feel sad looking at this. Who knows,what he went through as a child to make him display this behavior. All yall defending him need to shut up, cuz u aint no FB case counselor. Stop trying to be the hero and say something positive when u known DANG well this is not common for a young boy his age,” Hood said.

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Maria Lloyd (@WritingsByMaria) is the Business Manager for the Your Black World Network and Dr. Boyce Watkins. She is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and an advocate of dismantling the prison industrial complex, increasing entrepreneurship, reforming education, and eradicating poverty.