Apparently bands will in fact make her dance.
During a recent search through relative internet obscurity, I stumbled upon an article in Business Insider that reported rapper Juicy J was giving away a $50,000 college scholarship to one lucky girl (sorry fellas).
I thought to myself look at Juicy J actually making a difference and supporting education!
And then I continued reading.
No fancy essays or personal statements were required. Just a simple YouTube video of why you deserve to win along with your best…twerk. What even classifies a good twerk?! (Don’t answer that.)
But more importantly, why is this at all associated with education? Who told Juicy J that just because he made a song called “Scholarship” he’s now qualified to hand out financial aid?
In theory, giving away a college scholarship is wonderful. But making a girl twerk for it is seriously degrading, ridiculous and misogynistic. The fact that any girl would even consider twerking for college funds is beyond me.
There are plenty of other ways to get free money for your education. It starts with the Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA), not dipping it low.
Twerking for scholarships is equivalent to “needing” to strip to make ends meet. This “scholarship” is nothing more than Girls Gone Wild – Ratchet Edition and an excuse for Juicy J to continue to exploit women. And by participating in this foolery “for the sake of education,” we’re continuing to let him do so.
Ladies, you’re better than this.
Degree vs. Dignity–The College Struggle is Real
Education is important, but is the college struggle so real that we have to pop, lock and drop our way to a degree? Have we not learned from Miley Cyrus? Gimmicks will only get you so far.
There are other ways to fund your education, such as the above mentioned FAFSA or actually getting a part-time job like most people do. Additionally, there are countless websites like Fastweb.com and Scholarships.com that provide lists of hundreds of organizations and company who do not require you to shake your assets for cash.
I don’t care how many “bandz” Juicy J is throwing to “make her dance,” he will get no twerks from me EVER. IN. LIFE.
What price do we put on our self-worth or dignity? Are we even saying we value our education by shaking it for a quick dollar, or 50,000 even?
The truth is any dignity you seek to gain by getting a degree will have already been compromised in that 1-minute video you recorded and posted on YouTube.
College isn’t easy to navigate, especially when it comes to finances. And most of us are broke or 100% dependent on our parents. The struggle is real.
But that’s also the triumphant part. I remember that glorious moment–walking across the stage at San Diego State and hearing my name called. That moment signified that my hard work had paid off and that my struggle was worth it.
I didn’t need to put my goods on display for the “sake of bettering my future.”
And ladies, you don’t either.
UPDATE: Juicy J has awarded a young, single mother the $50,000 scholarship. And she didn’t have to twerk for it. That contestants didn’t have to twerk to win was made plain in the rules, but it’s been clear that it was an implicit expectation for the contest.
Who do you know that's gonna give you $50,000 to twerk?
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) September 8, 2013
Here’s the winner’s submission: