Over the past few months, the dance craze known as twerking has worked its way into countless music videos and other outlets, but according to Wu-Tang Clan emcee RZA, the trend is something that demonstrates a lack of discretion among young people.
While promoting his new film Brick Mansions, RZA spoke with Vlad TV about those in the U.S. taking advantage of the freedom they’re given. He then referred to that abundance of freedom as something that can at times be a curse.
“My issue is just that the youth is the shortest part of your life,” RZA said. “And most people waste it. The woman won’t realize her womanhood until she’s 30. And then she gotta go back and think about the 20, 30 guys she done slept with or the things she did that’s foolish. That she’s ashamed to say to her son or daughter. So, why put that much karma on yourself? You know what I mean? Grow and develop yourself. Find yourself. One thing about our country in America is that we have so much freedom that it becomes a problem for us. A curse to us. You’re free to do anything that you want to do. If you’re free to do anything you wanna do then you have no discretion on yourself. And I just think that it should be more discretion for young people.”
RZA later defended pop star Miley Cyrus, who he says can now do what she wants due to her age.
He also took note of the fact that we live in a time when everything is recorded or documented in some way, and a video of someone could easily surface years from now.
“Now Miley Cyrus who’s now 22 now, right? She can drink. She can do what she want now,” he said. “But when you’re 15, 16, 17, 18, no. You can’t even go to the store and buy cigarettes yet. And you wanna be twerking? And having men look at you as a sexual item? That’s the biggest thing. People don’t realize that ‘Yo, you’re captured.’”