ABC News and Its Twerking ‘Expert’

Because white professors of exercise science can explain everything. Or not.

By Aura Bogado Aug 27, 2013

ABC News seems pretty obsessed with twerking–or what passes for twerking. In a rather bizarre attempt to explain twerking to its audience today, ABC didn’t reach out to experts like Big Freedia, but to a white doctor in Montgomery, Alabama:

Twerking is such a complex, technical subject, only a Ph.D. researcher can explain how the body does what it does to make it happen.

Twerking is a combination movement involving a deep squat and a pelvic tilt, Michelle Olson, a professor of exercise science and a certified strength and conditioning coach at Auburn University in Montgomery, Ala., explained.

"You take a wide stance with your legs turned out at 10 and 2 so your hips are externally rotated," she said. "Then you pulse up and down as you thrust the pelvis bone forward and back." 

Dr. Olson concluded that people over the age of 25 shouldn’t twerk. (Yes, really.)