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YouTuber Rages Against Essence Fest Twerk Celebrations: ‘You’ve Been Brainwashed’ (Video)

*A YouTube stands wholeheartedly with India.Arie’s recent comments questioning the abundance of twerking going on at the recent Essence Festival by performers Megan Thee Stallion and Janelle Monáe.

OkayPlayer reported that Megan invited 20 attendees to join her onstage for a twerk session (see video above), while Monáe flashed her nipple covered breast to the audience.

After Essence shared a video of Monae’s on stage with the caption, “Hot girl boot camp was in full effect last night. It’s @janellemonae with the encouragement for us,” Arie wrote in the comment section that Monae’s actions were counterintuitive to the festival’s female empowerment message.

“The issue is what is CONTEXT. Humanity does EVERYTHING. But does EVERYTHING BELONG IN A STAGE,” India.Arie blasted in the post’s comments. “No, is everything for KIDS? No, is everything for EVERYBODY? So when we as a culture make something like this mainstream ~ it shows a lack of discretion [and] discernment.”

She continued, “Just as many folks have the right to want our MAINSTREAM International export – out Music – to show us in a respectful light. I’d likes to go on the record saying : this won’t age well, and that’s my issue. I LOVE Janelle AND Meg the way I love us all — AND I don’t like this moment. Don’t bother debating me. Lol idc and I DO this. for 25 yrs, I’ve done THIS. so. read ponder or don’t.”

Below, Monae flashes her breast during her Essence Festival performance.

Popular YouTuber influencer Art Cathey posted a video on her YouTube channel expressing solidarity with Arie’s pushback, telling her 31,000 subscribers: “I stand with India.Arie for speaking out against twerking at Essence Fest, thank you sis.”

Cathey started off by questioning the hygiene of it all, saying of the twerkers’ private parts, “You done drug it all across the god**mn floor. The janitors done drug the nasty mop, the mop water … and you done put your p**sy – the womb, the damn portal of life and death – you just put the s**t on the floor. [dramatic pause] And drag it around like a god**mn b*tch in heat.”

Cathey then moved on to say that the twerkers themselves were an embarrassment to themselves and the Black community.

“Check your sisterhood,” she said. “Check the next time you see that Cardi B video and you twerking and twerking, ask yourself what the fu*k am I twerking for? How is this edifying my community? How is this is edifying me? How is this edifying my children?”

She continued, “When I shake my naked ass on stage and get out in front of the world and put my camera on, what am I representing about my Black community? What am I saying about my legacy? I’m representing my mother, my father, my ancestors… and all you represent is some slaves that’s been dumbed down; you’ve been brainwashed, and you been f**ked into submission. And so now all you wanna do is STAY DOWN!”

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