Pastor Shirley Caesar loves the fact that a song she recorded decades ago is getting remixed into a viral cultural sensation, but she's vehemently opposed it being used in sexually suggestive twerking videos that are being posted online.
Caesar, the 78-year-old pastor and gospel singer first recorded a song called "Hold My Mule" for the 1988 album, Live in Chicago. Close to three decades later, one portion of the song where Caesar sings 'I got beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes," has inspired people of all ages, various forms of undress and sexual poses to dance to her song, including an elderly grandmother who twerks while holding onto her walker.
While Caesar is grateful that even a small part of her music is reaching a new audience, she's dismayed by the manner in which the song is being used.
"I'm really excited about everything that's going on," Caesar told TMZ before explaining the concerns she has with the "U Name It" challenge. "When you look and see all the gyrations and especially the women. I can even put up with the dancing, but all of the shaking and the twerking and all of that. I just want everybody to know that I'm a gospel singer, I'm a born-again believer, I'm a pastor, and I don't ever want anything to bring a [negative] reflection on what I stand for."
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