The Crotch Grab: Too Old, Too Young, Too Female?

Of the many trademark dance moves that the late megastar Michael Jackson showcased to the world - the Moonwalk, the Toe Stand, the Anti-Gravity Lean - the Crotch Grab has got to be the most frequently copied by popstars everywhere. The reason? It could be that M.J. was (and still is) the biggest music icon in the world and stars will always be trying to achieve status of his calibre, it could be that it is one of the easiest of his seminal moves to learn, or it could be that it has always been controversial, critically regarded as infamous and overtly sexual, and notoriety, as celebrities know, is a sure fire way to hit headlines.

Society has reached a stage where such trifles are rarely considered shocking anymore, so why do we still find ourselves recoiling at the sight of another star copying the famous move?

 Too Old?

Peter Andre's Shocked face and crotch grab combo. Urgh.

Oh, Peter Andre.

One reason is that the culprits tend to be old school M.J fans; the kind of D-listers that make you cringe almost as much as if you'd just seen that distant relative from the other side of the country perform it at a family wedding. The latest perpetrator is Peter Andre who looked like he'd got a little over-zealous and caused himself an injury as he seized his manhood during a performance in Liverpool, UK on January 25th 2013. The 39-year-old had donned a tuxedo for the occasion but his Jackson-wannabe cavorting left us thinking less 'Shamon!' and more 'Shambolic'. 

Too Young?

Justin Bieber - This one's not quite up to his usual standard of crotch grab

Justin demonstrating a 'slack grab'. Urgh.

Sometimes it can feel even worse to see a young teen starlet bring out the awkward move on stage especially since the majority of their audiences are often under 16. Justin Bieber is a repeated offender who has been grabbing at his crown jewels ever since he learned what they were for. The 18-year-old is pictured reaching for the drop crotch on his jeans during his show at Madison Square Garden, New York City on November 28th 2012. It might be a little bit weird seeing the baby-faced teen attempting to establish his sex appeal in front of thousands of adolescent girls, but he kind of pulls it off as much of his other performance techniques are inspired by the King of Pop.

Too Female?

Rihanna performs during her 'Loud Tour' at the...

Rhianna. Enough Said. 

Watching a woman's hand slide towards her nether regions on stage is probably the most cringey to witness. As much as we are trying to get used to the ever thinning line between men and women as a society, watching a female being so masculinely crude is still bizarre and extremely uncomfortable to see. Known offenders are Madonna, who surely also fits into the 'Too Old' category; Miley Cyrus, who has making many crazy moves in terms of her image to rid herself of her Hannah Montana child star association; Katy Perry, who sort of gets away with it because she's nuts on stage anyway; and Rihanna, whose increasingly racy image sparks criticism wherever she goes - we picture the 24-year-old dirty dancing at the Nassau Coliseum in New York during her 'Loud Tour' in 2011. Even Janet Jackson is guilty of copying her brother in some of her dance routines. We try not to be sexist but, girls, it's a bad look. Let's leave it at that.

 Too Much?

Usher 'Africa Rising' Festival Abuja, Nigeria...

We like Usher but there's no need for this!

We may be criticizing all these stars for doing the gesture in the first place, but sometimes there can be a little over-enthusiasm. Usher demonstrated this all too luridly at the third Africa Rising Festival in Abuja, Nigeria in 2008 and, as much as we love the handsome R&B star, we couldn't suppress a loud 'Ewwwww!' on seeing the photo. He's not in his twenties anymore; he just can't get away with it. We just hope his children, 5-year-old Usher Raymond V and 4-year-old Naviyd Ely Raymond, don't see what their dad gets up to on tour when they're older!

Lil Wayne and Birdman performing live on the...

Lil Wayne's Hip hop trouser grab

Okay, so we've established that we're not massive fans of the crotch grab here at Contact Music. On the other hand, some artists kind of suit the move. Take hip hop, for example; a lot of the music is directly about sexual explicitness so why not throw in a few rude moves on stage? Lil Wayne simulated the gesture while jamming with Birdman on the Nicki Minaj Tour at Miami's James L. Knight Center; we say 'simulate' because the crotch on his pants is too low for a full handful.

However, it was STILL majorly vom inducing to see and we have to come to the conclusion that maybe Michael Jackson really is the only person who could get away with doing that move. Sure, it was shocking when he unveiled the routine in the '80s, but it was never embarrassing. We just have one piece of advice for anyone wanting to copy that move: don't.

Michael Jackson Performing live


Contactmusic

Tags: Michael Jackson - Peter Andre - Justin Bieber - Madonna - Miley Cyrus - Katy Perry - Rihanna - Janet Jackson - Usher


Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

The Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Trailer Is Here: Was It Worth The Wait?

The moment Fifty Shades of Grey fans have been waiting for is finally...

The Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Trailer Is Here: Was It Worth The Wait?

Alec Baldwin (Mostly) Off The Hook On Disorderly Conduct Charges

Alec Baldwin was in court on Tuesday, facing charges of disorderly...

Alec Baldwin (Mostly) Off The Hook On Disorderly Conduct Charges

Pitbull feat. John Ryan - Fireball

Pitbull drops his eighth studio album 'Globalization' later this year and...

Pitbull - Fireball Video

The British Film Institute: 'There Are Too Many Films'

The BFI have condemned the amount of films released in British cinemas...

The British Film Institute: 'There Are Too Many Films'

What The Critics Are Saying About Scarlett Johansson's 'Lucy'

Early reviews of Scarlett Johansson’s new movie Lucy are piling up...

What The Critics Are Saying About Scarlett Johansson's 'Lucy'

Dwayne Johnson Battles His Way Through Non-Stop Absurdity In "Hercules"

It’s Hercules time! So we know that Dwayne Johnson made a lot...

Dwayne Johnson Battles His Way Through Non-Stop Absurdity In
Advertisement

Let Battle Commence: Superhero Studios Fight for Best Opening Weekend

We live in a movie world of superheroes at the moment with franchise...

Let Battle Commence: Superhero Studios Fight for Best Opening Weekend

After The Success of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes', What's Next?

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has been a huge success both critically...

After The Success of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes', What's Next?

'Mad Max: Fury Road' - New Stills and Poster Appear From Comic Con [Pictures]

Max Max: Fury Road was one of the most anticipated films at the...

'Mad Max: Fury Road' - New Stills and Poster Appear From Comic Con [Pictures]


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

Lady Robyn's picture

Lady Robyn

Nobody does it better... love you Mike!

1 year 5 months ago
Report
View Comments

rosemary moly gomes's picture

rosemary moly gomes

MJ is MJ.....everything is ok if he does.....did...for other it's odd.So copy carefully of his moves. LOVE U Mike.

1 year 5 months ago
Report
View Comments

starlight250's picture

starlight250

I couldn't have said it better Yanni154. Michael was born to dance,sing and entertain. He was a natural. Other entertainers try to copy what he did and it looks awkward. After reading as much as I have, I see Michael as a very loving and caring individual, who wanted to see everyone around him doing the best they can. He had the full package and noone can copy that.

1 year 5 months ago
Report
View Comments

rockin robin's picture

rockin robin

Absolutely nobody can do it like Michael.....he gives me chills when I watch him dance......so forget y'all out there trying to copy his moves.....NO WAY it's gonna work.....love and miss you Michael.... <3

1 year 5 months ago
Report
View Comments

corlista's picture

corlista

Great comments, everyone, and you're right, Yanni, we had him for 50 years and, for the most part, people tore him apart. Tragic!

1 year 5 months ago
Report
View Comments

MJ25062009's picture

MJ25062009

when Michael Jackson moves he moves with precision, every move is in tune with the music, nobody will ever be able to pull off the crotch grab like MJ that is a fact, it just does not go well with the wannabees and I wish they would not keep copying the Master. Let them get their own trademark move, but they can't that's the problem.

1 year 5 months ago
Report
View Comments

YANNI54's picture

YANNI54

THESE WANNABEES WILL "NEVER" COMES CLOSE TO A MICHAEL JACKSON. I think it is so sad that they just can't be themselves! THIS WORLD HAD MICHAEL JACKSON FOR 50 YEARS AND WE ALL WISH WE COULD GET HIM BACK, BUT "NOT" BY WAY OF THESE COPYCATS. Grabbing your crotch or moonwalking did not make Michael Jackson the person that he was. His extreme talents, his sexiness, his honorability and the complete innocence of this man can never be copied. At some point maybe they will get it!!!!!

1 year 5 months ago
Report
View Comments

ysteele's picture

ysteele

Besides looking absolutly georgeous Michael oozed sex appeal through every fibre in his body and that's why he's the only person who could pull this move off.

1 year 5 months ago
Report
View Comments

Michael Jackson Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Michael Jackson

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All