Okay so, I was talking about the Blurred Lines video (and it’s NSFW version) just last night… And this morning I read this piece on NPR.
First of all, I think the video is super confusing, and I don’t understand what anyone is getting off of models traipsing back and forth (naked or otherwise), but I’m more concerned about the fact that this Martel person is DESPERATELY trying to bring back white platform tennis shoes! I mean, seriously, GROSS. And the models look so BORED, and WHY DOES T.I. KEEP BRUSHING THEIR HAIR?
Whatever, I really just want to talk about Miley’s We Can’t Stop. I can’t complain much about this video, which has the same director as Blurred Lines, considering I’m a huge fan of Fiona Apple’s Criminal video and of course Natalie Imbruglia’s song Torn. But I do realize that Criminal and Torn is what comes AFTER videos like We Can’t Stop. In other words, “live fast die young, bad girls do it well”, but you’re not M.I.A. and you’re probably going to end up in jail or with a broken heart. I’m not worried about where she’s headed necessarily, but I’m afraid for young girls who watch this video and think that is how they should live their lives or dress. And I don’t meant that they can’t wear clothes like that because they’re skimpy, but I mean that the clothes are just really ugly…
And here’s the thing, in Torn, the lyrics are about feeling shameful, “lying naked on the floor” but not necessarily because they had sex, but because he left her there - he broke her heart. Now, with Criminal, Fiona Apple didn’t have her heart broken, she broke his heart. I mean, she feels kinda bad about it, but really she doesn’t give two fucks. And it would be safe to say that somewhere between Torn and Criminal there’s a blurred line, and that’s who I am. I believe women should have power, but we can’t help it if dudes break our hearts sometimes. It happens.
So, I say, more power to you, Miley. If you want to live your life hopping around from dude to dude drinking sweat from red solo cups or whatever the hell your song is about, do it! Keep in mind, though, that there are lots of tween girls who are doing the same thing, and the media will probably blame you if one of them dies at a party while listening to your song. I mean, you’re in charge of shaping young people now, which really just terrifies me.
So, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go walk back and forth incessantly in front of my desk to Blurred Lines, because although, yes, I do think the video is weird (especially the unrated one), and it makes me overly uncomfortable, the song is kind of fun. And I love Pharrell. I mean… I love him to where I kind of sexualize him too. Just trying to make it even. If girls can traipse around and have guys be like WHOOOAAAA! I can think about Pharrell traipsing around topless.