No one is talking about the ‘blurred lines’ song. Honestly did anyone even watch the VMA’s? It was a disgusting display of how our society is failing young people and teaching them certain ideals are okay. I can’t stand how people can ignore it so easily. It was a scantily clad metaphor for things that are profoundly disturbing. If the situation would have been dressed down any more than it was, I think someone would have been arrested. I have become irritated with exactly how much is ignored, and this is just another example of how a young, privileged person can get away with their whims. And then there was Miley Cyrus.
I assume you thought I was talking about her from the beginning? Well, I wasn’t. Despite my concurring opinions about her performance, I was actually talking about Robin Thicke, and his atrocious song ‘Blurred Lines’. If you’ve never heard it, count yourself lucky. I will quote some of the lyrics as I discuss it so no prior acquaintance is necessary.
First, the video is unnecessary. I’m all for freedom of expression, but the song was over the top. The girls in the video are topless and wearing nude colored bikinis. Also, they have no point to the song; they don’t sing nor act out any scene, so essentially they are just obligatory eye candy. Objectifying women, quite literally, means making them an object to be viewed and obtained. This video does that in spades.
Furthermore to discuss the lyrics… I can’t stand when this song with a catchy tune gets stuck in my head because of how the lyrics translate in my head. “Good Girl, I know you want it.” Wait…are we telling someone she wants it? I’m not one to usually scream ‘Rape’ when people make allusions to sex. However, this crosses some lines that I’ve set pretty far back. Most people are far more sensitive to it than I am, so if I want to call it out, then it’s probably too much. “Baby, can you breathe? I got this from Jamaica, It always works for me.” Oh cool, so now we’re involving drugs too.
America is currently under attack by political leaders and popular media trying to create a world that blames the woman and excuses the man. The VMA’s is just another example. How many of you screamed and ranted about Miley Cyrus, ‘What’s her daddy think about her now?’ Who cares? Let’s talk about how her life started out crazy when her ‘daddy’ fathered her and her brother in the same year to two different women. Don’t let the heart throb country star think he has any high ground on his daughter.
Being a male (particularly a white male) gives one a certain amount of power, which they can use, abuse, and then be excused for. Privileges afforded to no other demographic. It’s sickening to see. However, it’s even more sickening when grown adults in my own networks worry about their children’s role models dancing in a shocking way on a show about out doing each other, and completely ignore words that their kids may already know and sing verbatim.
At a later point in the VMA’s we see Maclemore. Standing up, accepting his award and proclaiming that ‘Gay rights are human rights…” He is a white male having no spoken connection to the gay community other than sharing the idea that they deserve equal rights. This is one way to use his white male privilege. Robin Thicke is doing the same. One is okay, one is not. It doesn’t take a well-educated person to see the difference, but sadly it doesn’t take an idiot to ignore it either.