Miley Cyrus Twitter, Instagram, & Bangerz: Course About 'Adore You' Star To Be Taught At College In New York
Who knew the day would come when students would be saying that their favorite subject in school is Miley Cyrus? The wrecking ball singer will be the subject of the new Skidmore College curriculum, set to begin this summer.
Skidmore College is a liberal arts college located in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The school will create a sociology course entitled The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender and Media. The course is meant to use the Miley Cyrus phenomenon as a way to explore sociological thinking about identity, entertainment, media, and fame.
Skidmore isn't the only school using celebrities as part of their course of study. Rutgers University in New Jersey currently offers a class on pop superstar, Beyoncé Knowles Carter.
The idea for the Miley Cyrus class was sparked by a youth culture lesson by Skidmore professor Carolyn Chernoff. Chernoff brought up Cyrus's controversial VMA twerking performance and showed a clip of the video in class.
"Not only did they have a lot to say, what they were saying enabled them to make good use of social theory," she said. "Through watching the actual video that they had only heard about until then, they were able to say, oh, not only is it an interesting and fraught performance to analyze, they made better sense of the reactions people were having to it, said Chernoff to Today Entertainment.
Chernoff also made a comment to ABC news: "Unfortunately, the way we talk about female pop stars and female bodies, class matters, gender matters, sexuality and sexual performance matters, but race matters a lot [too] and the way we talk about white pop stars is quite different than how we talk about the bodies of women of color," she noted. "[Cyrus] complicates representations of the female body in pop culture in some ways that are good, bad, and ugly."
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