Monday, 26 August 2013

Blurred Lines and Rape Culture



So I recently came across The Fine Bros video of Teens React to Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' which - if you don't know what it is, I refuse to link the video here because that's where I have the biggest issue - but here you go, have a listen and then give the reaction videos a watch because I think although I don't agree with all the opinions, that's what got me to write about it.

The main problem I have with this song is the message. Many people have went on and on about how it's just another one of "those" songs that talk about nothing but ...let's just go with "women's physical appearance" in a very degrading and disrespectful way. And others have also said that people that have analysed the song and it's message and all that stuff are just sucking the fun out of a casual song but I don't even care :-) If criticizing something that has the potential to stain people's minds is a crazy thing to do, well consider me insane.

The basic message that I draw from the video is that this guy person (whom I've never heard of prior to this song?) is unsure of wether the girl is actually saying 'yes' or 'no' (to his quite douchbag-y and pathetic ways of "pulling") and I make that assumption because of the title being the blurred lines that he's unsure if she wants him to cross or not.

Eventually and throughout the song he assumes; "I know you want it, but you're a good girl" and that just shows that he's a delusional man who's obsessive and absolutely desperate for anything to happen between him and this "good girl"

Now my problem isn't just with the lyrics because the majority of songs nowadays have the most disgusting and distasteful songs ever but the mentality it creates, regardless if you're actually paying attention to the lyrics, you're left with an impression and this song's storyline is basically him continuously pursuing the girl despite his uncertainty of wether she wants it or not; making matters worse, it doesn't even sound like he could care less about her say in the matter.

And this is what creates rape culture and makes it okay.

When it's
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It disgusts me and I bet that it would offend, hurt and anger many people who have been in a position of assault and harrassment from this type of a**holes. It isn't okay. What makes you think it's okay? Are you actually serious.

Making things even better, there are two versions of the music video. The first being the general viewed one on YouTube, which in all honest shouldn't even be viewed by the public audience of YouTube keeping in mind that there are tons of young children on the website. This video is distasteful enough; a bunch of girls dancing around these 3 (?) guys? I can't even describe it because I literally only watched the little preview on the reacts episode, because I wouldn't even want to give it an extra view. Just no.

And the second version being the "unrated" version which can only be viewable if you are of 18 years of age. This one supposedly is exactly the same, except the women dancing around are topless.

Okay.

1. This has no link with the music whatsoever. None. Whatsoever.

2. Wasn't objectifying them in barely any clothing not enough? This isn't me slut shaming because I'm against that but they weren't some independent, free-willed members of society who choose to wear whatever they want. They were objectified. That's the whole point of this goddamn song.

3. Why is this the number one song in the USA at the moment? What makes it deserve that spot. It's not lyrically creative. It's not musically creative. It's not vocally creative. And the video isn't even artistic. Has music become this underrated and unappreciated that that piece of absolute crap is seemingly the best?

I'm just stunned at the people who are okay with the song..I'm sorry but you can't keep saying everything is no big deal because it will amount to a big deal and it already is a big deal. Isn't this enough? The way some guys act - inspired by this disgusting music and male figures who are saluted and celebrated for being "players" or whatever - is just irritating and unnecessary if a society wants to thrive and rid itself from this rape culture that's contaminating everyone.

IN ADDITION, the singer guy has apparently defended himself from the criticism by saying the song was a feminist movement.

h a h a h a H A H A H A HA barely.

It's in no way, shape or form empowering to women. It portrays them as a naked body. Seriously. That is all there is to them. They're just dancing around the guy, topless, while he's trying to "domesticate" them, "smack" them around because he knows that "not many women can refuse (his) pimpin'"

Are you fucking kidding me?
I felt profanity was necessary there.

This is ridiculous. I'm just stunned right now.

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