Saturday, September 21, 2013

Back in the Action - Blurred Lines

It's been a long time since I made an entry in the blog, and I miss my brainier, esoteric side. I think it's because I needed a tipping point to get back into the swing of things. That tipping point came in the form of the new controversial song "Blurred Lines"

I saw the original video, and then saw a parody shortly afterwards. The comments surprised me. It seemed like so many people were outraged by the original video, when I didn't see a huge problem. Yes, it involved nudity, but it was done in an almost artistic style. That prompted me to look into the issues, Blurred Lines's directors (surprising) intention for the song, and two songs.

So take this for what it's worth: I urge you to take an open-minded approach to controversial issues in mainstream news and form your own opinion.

Original - Unrated: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwT6DZCQi9k
Original - Rated: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyDUC1LUXSU
Parody: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tC1XtnLRLPM
My post: http://www.3news.co.nz/Students-parody-performance-blurs-lines/tabid/423/articleID/311517/Default.aspx

"I find it slightly ironic that the parody and original video both have the same goal of female sexual liberation, although they see it from different sides of the same coin.
The original video was a surprisingly classy (considering the topless models) R&B song where the artists attempted to convince a good girl to stop feeling oppressed by the judgment of society or their inhibitions and go 'bad'. The ladies in the video take a bold, sexual stance and the admiring men have to 'chase after' them. If you take a closer look at the lyrics ("let me liberate you," "the way you grab me") the criminal according to Robin Thicke and crew is the society that judges women, calling them 'sluts' for having sex frequently or in a more raw, 50 Shades of Grey style.
The parody concurs that the criminal is society, but also answers why these women are sexually inhibited: fear and resentment. It's obviously not a direct response to the 'wrongs done' by Robin Thicke alone, but of the masculine R&B, rap, and hip-hop music genre he represents in the song. It plays like the built-up frustration over the years of womankind getting groped at the clubs and catcalled on the streets spilling out through the only voice bold enough to speak it- feminism.
The response video takes the most pervasive, sexually aggressive 1% of mankind and tells them point blank- "This is unacceptable." If this minority is corrected, women won't have to be afraid of being sexually harassed. Women are treated with respect rather than sexual playthings. They preserve their independence, correct the double-standard, and in turn are sexually liberated.
Which is the same goal of Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharelle Williams. It just requires a societal shift in the sexual dynamic"