Wednesday, 20 November 2013

So Relatable

I see a lot of this kind of crap floating about the interweb:

All good clean harmless fun for children and teens and far better than them watching the quasi-porn available on YouTube these days or uploading practically naked selfies.

So I made up a few of my own, for adults to 'like', 'share', 'retweet', stick on your bumper, stick up your arse, whatever.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

An addendum to 'White Moral Outrage'

This from the 405 which I read a few hours after posting:

"She can't twerk (despite trying to learn for two weeks) but wanted to draw attention to it as part of a current dialogue, so she hired a group of backing dancers who were willing and able to do so. And she hired them because they are fucking good at what they do, not because of their ethnicity."

Emphasis my own.

Who's racist now?

"Commenting on what she is or isn’t wearing is exactly the kind of rubbish Lily Allen is hitting out against in the song and suggesting that the other women featured in the video aren't smart enough to make an informed decision about whether they are comfortable twerking in a video that satirises twerking is insulting at best."

"Bottom line is, this is about the objectification of all women. And we need things like this. We need positive feminist dialogue charting at #1. I'm not saying we don't need people like Miley - we do, they're important in their own way - but it's a relief that we now have a commentary on them that comes from other pop musicians. We need people like Lily Allen and Lorde to level the playing field. And if you're going to write a feminist manifesto, you might as well make it catchy as hell."

That is exactly what I wanted to say only so much better. And that is why I'm cluttering up the blogosphere instead of being a music journalist.

White Moral Outrage

A white man produces an R&B single. The accompanying video features scantily-clad ladies.


The world loses its shit.

A white woman brings out a video featuring gyrating black female dancers.

The world loses its shit.

The Lily Allen video is clearly a parody, a criticism of moments from popular culture that have made headlines this year. It plays with tropes we've become desensitised to that commonly feature in pop music videos.

It is NOT racist. It's a means of making a point to absorbent and impressionable young minds that what they see in pop/R&B videos isn't always right. Annie Lennox has recently called for music videos to feature ratings similar to those used to classify films.

It's good something like that has come of all this.

It's bad it had to be white artists to bring it to the collective angry white self-made socio-political campaigners' attention. Where was all of this fuss when I sat with my parents, squirming while watching Salt-n-Pepa on TOTP or hearing things like 'I Wanna Sex You Up' on the car radio.

A lot of it smacks of just wanting to LOOK politically correct. To give each other a pat on the back. What about everyone who wants to highlight the plight of the lack of rights of sex workers? Maybe those black dancers in the Lily Allen video damn well enjoyed what they were doing and weren't being exploited by the bad uncaring white woman at all? Because they knew they were creating a parody as well. Oh. Um. That's confusing, isn't it?

And heaven forbid somebody creatively try to tackle an issue. Because they're always going to leave one group unsatisfied, and unfortunately it's the dissatisfied that are often the most vocal about why they've got the hump. Well, how about you CREATE something, even if it's just an online petition, rather than moaning to your sanctimonious back-slapping pals about it? Stuck in your own little bubble of people that agree with you. I wrote a short story a month ago and forgot to include any homosexual people. I guess that must make me homophobic! I must slap my wrists and repent in haste.

And all this fuss over the line "You know you want it". 'JFC', as the youth say. I take more offence to Daft Punk's "I'm up all night to get lucky". That means he won't take no for an answer, ladies. Ban that in your student union.

(For those that don't understand irony - and there are many, it appears, I was being facetious there).

Sunday, 10 November 2013

The View from the Shard

Yesterday I was very kindly taken for a trip to the Shard.

More here.

Or Flickr, if you prefer.