LATE UPDATE: It turns out I was had folks, some bloke called Jimmy Kimmel faked the video…. sorry for unknowingly misleading you all. The details about the origins of twerking still count though so read on….
Twerking? Yes, I hate that word too. I’m not 100% sure what it exactly is, and I’m sort of proud that I don’t know too. But don’t worry if you’re in the same boat as I am, you don’t need any prior knowledge to enjoy this one. As long as you know that twerking is a type of dance you’ll be alright.
But if you’re worried here’s a bit of background for you. This is what the Oxford Online Dictionary says on the matter: to twerk is “to dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance”
As for the origin of the ridiculous word, Wikipedia says as follows “The word twerking is of uncertain origin. Possibilities include a contraction of “footwork”, or a portmanteau of twist and jerk.”
It’s thought that twerking may have derived from a type of dance called the Mapouka from West Africa which was actually banned in the Ivory Coast due to it’s suggestive nature (and probably it’s health and safety ramifications too).
So. This girl is videoing herself, apparently for her boyfriend to watch. She attempts to “twerk” whilst in the head stand position, and she seems like she’s doing pretty good at it. Then disaster strikes, another young female comes into the door that she was relying on to support her twerking stance. She folds over backwards onto a glass table which she immediately destroys and allows the candles to light up her neoprene trousers.
It all looks rather nasty. Wonderful. She posted it on line herself though so I’m guessing she didn’t die.
And if you’re interested, here’s a short video of the West African Mapouka dance, just to show you how it is supposed to be done: