She can't act, she can't sing, but who cares - she walks like Rihanna.

(40 Posts)
MardyBra Tue 18-Jun-13 17:08:52

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OGyHRKMPOE

I know it's only a bloody pop song, but it seems to be everywhere and is bugging the hell out of me. I can't even verbalise why - I suppose it's glorifying a woman who has a sexy walk, but isn't "much good for anything else".

StickEmUpPunk Thu 20-Jun-13 16:14:29

the male gaze

That's it! I couldnt be arsed to go into all of it but that pretty much sums it up.

The bit I read about the female gaze is still only a distorted version of the male.
Now that's a head fuck. But very true

StickEmUpPunk Thu 20-Jun-13 16:09:24

NCG very well side stepped. You're a clever poster. wink

It's been said on this board what controls the mainstream, even when women are involved. Don't be niave dude. Or think I don't know.
Or that no one else does grin

Back to the video, the worst bit I thought was the water bottle being squeezed, and the water coming out, such an obvious phallic reference. And to the grossest bit of straight sex in my opinion.
Only the penis holder benefits from the 'squidge'

Does anyone else suspect that it was originally "she looks like Rhianna", and changed to try and make it more user friendly to their (young!) audience? Just that walking does seem an odd thing to pick up on- and "looks" would have been an even worse lyric, so maybe someone tried to "improve" it?

AmandaPandtheTantrumofDoom Thu 20-Jun-13 15:58:44

Damn catchy. But not as catchy as "she can't sing, she can't dance, but who cares, she validates the male gaze" grin

RainboxFX Thu 20-Jun-13 15:02:43

HAHAHAHAHA!

Sorry Amanda grin If it helps, DH is getting fed up of hearing me sing it as well. It doesn't help that it's an awful song and I hate it and everything it stands for, but it IS damn catchy...

AmandaPandtheTantrumofDoom Thu 20-Jun-13 13:37:45

Oh, you lot, I need a word with you.

For the last two sodding days I have been walking round singing this song. But not just the song, oh no, what I now have stuck in my head is RainbowFx's new improved version. You can make it scan if you ditch 'heterosexual'....

namechangeguy Thu 20-Jun-13 11:56:25

Sausage - according to Wikipedia, Jagger says that the lyrics to Paint it Black are about a girl's funeral. Perhaps his referral to turning his head away from the girls is because they remind him of the dead girl?

Sausageeggbacon Thu 20-Jun-13 11:26:27

NCG Listen to Paint it Black where Jagger is fighting his urges to rape possibly a lot worse lyrically than a group of boys thinking with their trousers too tight and thus starving their brains of oxygen.

namechangeguy Thu 20-Jun-13 09:33:07

Tei, I am not pretending that every piece of music prior to 1990 was perfect grin. But I think the Stones sang about wider issues as well.

Punk, this stuff gets pumped out because the target audience buys into it. It's a bit like the newspapers - by and large we get the press that we deserve. And whatever external factors there are - misogyny, rape culture, sexualisation of just about anything - at some point individuals have to take responsibility for where they spend their money. It isn't all one way.

TeiTetua Thu 20-Jun-13 00:34:35

Don't be so quick to blame the youngsters. "Under My Thumb" has been around a very long time and the Rolling Stones (who are old enough to know better) still perform it.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hM8XekYI8kI

Sss, Siamese cat of a girl. Under my thumb. She's the sweetest, hmmm, pet in the world. Etc etc.

BanjoPlayingTiger Wed 19-Jun-13 23:34:01

Ohhh, I had a good old rant about this song the other day in the car. My poor dh got quite an earful despite agreeing with me.
Why is there so much emphasis on womens appearance? It drives me quite mad.

YouMakeMeWannaLaLa Wed 19-Jun-13 23:28:40

I seriously thought this song was a parody of something when I heard it. It's just so cringy and desperate. No subtlety...though I spose that's a good think. It's out-and-proud sexist crap.

There's a line in it 'and all the boys they crowd around a woo ooh ' and it just counjours up this vile/ hysterical image for me of a tone-deaf, dad-dancing, wiggly bummed woman surrounded by baying, slobbery men. Bleurgh.

Guess I'm not their target audience grin

StickEmUpPunk Wed 19-Jun-13 19:15:08

So why do we think, NCG, that the likes of Rhianna get ahead and put this stuff out?
What is the driving force behind this kind of music/aesthetic?
(rhetorical, but tell us anyway)

namechangeguy Wed 19-Jun-13 11:51:43

I went to see Blondie in concert last night. They were brilliant, brought the house down. Now Debbie Harry, to boys in the late 70's like me, was a definite sex symbol. But I don't remember her posing endlessly with her tits and arse hanging out. There was some posing and pouting, but Hutchence and Jagger did that too, it is part of their act/stage show. Blondie were also part of the punk era. Lots of bands, some of them crap, some brilliant, many of them with female leads and musicians. And a lot of them with something to say politically.

I am afraid that young people today have to carry the can at least partly for the utter crap that the likes of Rihanna and her contemporaries put out. They are the ones financing this rubbish.

grumpyinthemorning Wed 19-Jun-13 09:21:01

I uses to quite like the wanted, but this...they need to sack their songwriter.

YoniBottsBumgina Tue 18-Jun-13 22:17:14

It is fucking depressing and so blatant.

TheDoctrineOfAllan Tue 18-Jun-13 22:07:12

grin at RainboxFX.

isitsnowingyet Tue 18-Jun-13 21:39:34

I heard that song today and thought exactly the same as OP and swore roundly at the radio in the car - as yer do. It made me mad because it didn't seem to take any account of the speech/thoughts/personality of the woman who walked like Rihanna

SplitHeadGirl Tue 18-Jun-13 21:29:29

Lol @ Mardy....I Like AIBU but some of the posters have NO idea about feminism!

doctorsnoddy Tue 18-Jun-13 20:14:42

our local radio station gave it an ageist slant - doing a version called "She walks like me nanna". Lots of references to dentures etc

MardyBra Tue 18-Jun-13 20:12:37

I'm pleased to hear the Ken Bruce comments. Jeremy Vine is just the DM on legs really isn't he?

MardyBra Tue 18-Jun-13 20:12:02

I can't help wondering how this would have gone if I'd posted in AIBU. I would imagine I would have been handed a few grips by now. grin

SplitHeadGirl Tue 18-Jun-13 19:05:29

I love Ken Bruce. He is one man who took being father of a daughter VERY seriously.

SplitHeadGirl Tue 18-Jun-13 19:04:08

So she is confident because she looks a certain way?? Or WALKS a certain way?? I read the lyrics and they say nothing about her as a woman at all. Nothing. Just that she moves in a way that men like...so that is all that matters and enough for men to want to be with her. It is pretty bad about men too in that way!!!

Jeesh!!!

northender Tue 18-Jun-13 19:01:39

I was going to post about this tonight. I heard Ken Bruce this morning slating the song with comments like "Have we not moved on at all?". He soared in my estimation but then it was the point in the show where Jeremy Vine comes on to talk about his show and his response to KB's comments was something like this "Well a couple of weeks ago we had Rod Stewart on the show and he had a young female musician with him with a skirt no bigger than a postage stamp". My blood pressure rose and I wanted to yell at the radio wtf has that got to do with anything

Stupid bloody song anyway in response to the OP!

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