Cher Admits She Might Not Be Flawless, Becomes Flawless in the Process

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Cher Admits She Might Not Be Flawless, Becomes Flawless in the Process

By Courtney Enlow | Celebrities Are Better than You | September 19, 2013 | Comments ()


Whether we admit it or not, we’ve all done it. We’ve all, at one point in time or another, slut-shamed, body-shamed, general life-choice shamed another person. Sometimes we’re putting our personal beliefs on others, sometimes we’re just being mean, and sometimes we invent rules and scenarios for when it’s okay to do so (for example, Jenna Marbles’s infamous “sluts” video came out at the same time as her breakup, which we found out later was because of him cheating on her—it’s not fair, doesn’t make it okay and blames these faceless girls rather than the man who stepped out, but, fuck, I’ve been there—haven’t you? It’s easier, right? Even though it’s awful?)

And, I don’t know about you, but it’s hard to admit you’ve done something wrong.

That’s why it’s cool that Cher has done just that.

In an interview with USA Today, Cher waxed philosophical on Twerkgate ‘13, saying “I’m not old-fashioned. She could have come out naked, and if she’d just rocked the house, I would have said, ‘You go, girl.’ It just wasn’t done well. She can’t dance, her body looked like hell, the song wasn’t great, one cheek was hanging out. And, chick, don’t stick out your tongue if it’s coated.”

On one hand, I think a lot of people might agree with Cher. Especially on that tongue thing; seriously, get a scraper. But, it wasn’t cool to say. And Cher knows it, which she admitted yesterday in a series of tweets.

Warning: these tweets are written in Cher-enese, which our feeble brains might not quite understand. DON’T TYPE-SHAME HER, PEASANT.






In an ideal world, we won’t attack anyone for petty things like looks or perceived sluttiness, and we won’t vilify attention-seeking behavior from people whose jobs are based upon getting attention (seriously, LET IT GO, it makes you sound old). But, for now, I think admitting you said the wrong thing is a pretty OK way to go. Snap(out of it!)s for Cher.

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  • kirbyjay

    I'm with her on the tongue. Jeez ...brush that thing will ya? I'm a lot older than MC but my tongue is nice and pink cuz I brush the sucker. I actually got the heavers when I saw that meat strip hanging out of her mouth like a Saint Bernard. And Cher is right. Had she actually performed with a bit of dancing and singing ability, she would have rocked the house. White girl can't dance.

  • PatriciaDelicia

    I love and totally respect Cher. She's a survivor and I love how she keeps on making "comebacks". Unsinkable. Gotta say, I totally agreed with Cher's initial comment about Miley and wish she hadn't recant. To call Miley an "artist" insults others in the industry. Might as well call me an artist for picking my nose in public (which, of course, never happens. Well...maybe occasionally.)

  • Idle Primate

    Is artist what we are calling Cher these days?

  • PatriciaDelicia

    Well, I'd say yes. With all of Cher's wonderful incarnations over the years, with all the amazing costumes she has worn (which I consider to be works of art), Cher is and has always been a walking/talking/singing piece of art.

  • AvaLehra

    I feel like I just read a ransom note.

  • Even Stevens

    That made me full-on cackle

  • Slash

    Ah, I think Cher should cut herself some slack. Somebody asked her what she thought, and she told them. Miley Cyrus is not a little kid, as she has gone to some lengths to demonstrate to all of us. If she can't abide criticism of a performance that was seen by millions of people, well, stay out of the public eye and maybe try just singing next time. No creepy antics, just singing. Wear a nice, age-appropriate dress. Keep your tongue in your mouth.

  • Kim Voeks

    "It just wasn’t done well. She can’t dance, her body looked like hell, the song wasn’t great, one cheek was hanging out........"
    I am not mad at Cher for this. It's all true. It was badly performed. It wasn't twerking, as people who can twerk, understand it. Her body looked bad. Why does that matter? Because as a performer, who is putting their body out there, maintaining it IS part of the job. As an entertainer, appearance does matter. Costuming, that fits, it is part of your team's job.

    Not feeling it as slut shaming. Cher saw it like a lot of us saw bad performance art. If she feels bad, because as a professional entertainer, there's some code that says "Thou shall not criticize other performers.", good on her. Other than that, she is dead on point.

  • St

    That was amazing non-apology. It was like: "I still stand for what I said. But I probably should have kept my mouth shut. Because now everyone will jump at me for not supporting female artist, even if I think that she is an idiot. So here it is - she is pretty and relented as hell. Are you happy? I supported her. But she is still an idiot".

  • Nobody important

    Miley opened herself up for the shaming. If she had not been ATTENTION SEEKING. (which it was) then all the negativity would not be directed at her. Her behavior was in bad taste and inappropriate for some of the viewers. It was just gross but she got what she wanted people talking about her. Even bad attention is attention to those who don't care what kind they get.

  • Lemony

    I'm disturbed that the conversation is still centered around Cyrus's sex appeal as opposed to the racist bullshit she pulled.

  • I think that type of racism is still way off most people's radars. Not that it shouldn't be talked about, but it requires a lot of education for those that don't understand it.

  • Jezzer



    That pic looks crazy

  • Ruby

    It reminds me of the Nicole Kidman photo shoot a while back. A white background with the brightest white light possible. They looked terrible and alien. You could barely make out her features in some of them.
    These women aren't young, it's fine if they have laugh lines.

  • e jerry powell

    You can't make out Nicole Kidman's features in general unless she freezes them in place, apparently.

  • Mrs. Julien


  • AvaLehra

    Also, I think we need to work some Engelbert Humperdinck into Pajiba somehow...

  • AvaLehra

    Gypsies, tramps and thieves, Mrs. Julien. Gypsies, tramps and thieves...

  • Guest

    Also, I think we need to work some Engelbert Humperdinck into Pajiba somehow.

  • AvaLehra

    Disqus is goofy sometimes.

  • emmalita

    I think Cher is a great and wonderful person for owning her opinion and and acknowledging publicly where she felt like she fell short in expressing her opinion. So I'm going to say that the header picture is freaking me out. She is much older than I am and that picture makes her look much younger. I'm not saying she is a bad person, I'm just saying I don't want to look at that picture ever again.

  • bastich

    This celebrity is better than us, since she is obviously a vampire.

  • $27019454

    What is wrong with having an opinion? If I think someone is a slut why can't I think that without someone thinking I am shaming? And isn't someone calling me (hypothetically, natch) a 'slut shamer' also having a judgy opinion? Just askin. And just because someone thinks someone is a slut (or a fill in the blank) why is that wrong? Why put it out there if you don't expect people to have an opinion? And why does she think she has to support just because someone is a fellow 'artist?'

  • I think slut-shaming as a concept has lost some of its footing and has become a catch-all shout when it doesn't necessarily need to be. To me, it's the idea that being promiscuous, dressing a certain way, so on, makes you a bad or dirty person who is doing something wrong, or that any of those things defines you as SLUT.

  • Since a slut is defined as a promiscuous and / or physically unclean person, although it's usually apply to women, is it acceptable to call somebody who is a promiscuous, dirty person a slut? I guess I want to know why we are still using the word slut, when everybody seems to hate it. Even when it's used its proper context, people get called out for using it. For all of the attempts at trying to take back the power of the word, by doing things such as Slut Walks, nobody really wants to be called a slut. At least this is what I am experiencing on the Internet.

  • Trixie Billingham

    I don't see how what Cher said was slut shaming: "She could have come out naked, and if she’d just rocked the house, I would have said, ‘You go, girl.’ It just wasn’t done well."

  • It wasn't, it was the body-shaming part.

  • Michelle

    I think the issue with "slut shaming" is that people are choosing to not just think their opinions, but voice them - loudly - and cast a negative light on people that choose to just live their lives in the manner that best suits them rather than by societal norms.

  • $27019454

    PS I generally like Cher

  • apsutter

    God damn I love Cher. If only other female entertainers had as much personality as she does...

  • Pinky McLadybits

    I wish I had been raised by Cher and Dolly Parton.

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