And pop stars portrayal of same…
By now you’ve at least heard about, if not seen, Miley and Robin’s performance at the VMA’s. He was dressed. She was naked. She acted sleazy. He acted sleazier.
Of course, you only hear how Miley acted. Robin apparently did nothing wrong.
I mean, other than write an incredibly violent and misogynistic song and then pretend to have sex with a young lady on stage during it. A young lady who is, nearly, young enough to be his daughter.
But that’s okay. Right?
Of course it’s not fucking okay. The were both culpable in the sleaze fest that was that performance. And so were the VMA’s, both of their ‘people’ and whomever else watched rehearsals and said ‘Oh yeah, let’s put that on TV!’
And of course whomever thought the song was good enough to record and put on a CD in the first place. I blame them as well.
But mostly, I can’t believe I am going to say this…I blame society. ::cliche klaxons go off all over the world::
Seriously, though. What kind of society do we live in that multitudes of people heard that song, saw that performance and said ‘Yes! Let’s do it! Let’s put this horrible song about hurting women together with a sleazy dance and call it…art?’
And then there are some of the responses. Which aren’t, really, any better than the original.
Take this, the Australian Law Society group, Defined Lines parody of the song. It has scantily clad men and, actually…fairly scantily clad women. The women are degrading the men. The lyrics are about harassment and bigotry and are, supposedly a feminist reaction to the song.
Their reaction is almost as bad in the original. Why?
Because if you want make a statement about harassment being wrong, don’t harass others to do it. The lyrics are okay, I guess, but you can’t fight bigotry with bigotry.
You want to truly rock the world, people?
Do a parody where everyone is fully dressed. Where all parties are treated with respect and dignity.
Just as you can’t teach a child not to hit by hitting him, you can’t teach a man not to harass by harassing him.
You really really can’t.