Since you were too much of a coward to show your face, I’ll just address this to anybody who has an issue with this music video:
In a sense, I can understand how it can be problematic. Yes, there are women with huge asses dancing around in a music video for a proggy sludge band, and both prog and sludge metal are genres where women with huge asses are just straight-up not welcome or made fun of. I get it. I’m not stupid and I can see how it can be offensive to some viewers.
However, for others, it’s all about having women of all races and body types (and yes, there are white and Latina women in this video, too) proudly displaying their bodies and their sexuality while having fun dancing to a band whose music they enjoy. When Brann came up with the concept of the video, he wanted the women to be up-front-and-center and for the plot to revolve around them. They aren’t accessories to the band, they’re the stars of the show. This, in a way, is actually more progressive than how dancers in rock/hip-hop videos are typically displayed, where they’re made into “hoes” there to make the band look good. Nah, in “The Motherload”, the dancers are the ones running the game, and the band is all but dwarfed by them. This is their video.
Also, coming from someone who knows Brann personally, the idea of him being sexist or misogynist is extremely laughable. He is an ally in every sense of the word. His wife is a strong-willed woman and she wouldn’t stay with him if he was pig-headed. He wanted to make a video where women who are typically marginalized are running things as they see fit, and honestly he’s really upset about the backlash. It was an idea with good intentions that just wound up pissing people off. Same thing with the Thanksgiving shirt - the intention was to show how the marketing of holidays often erases the tragic stories behind them, but I admit the idea was executed poorly and that’s why the band got lambasted for it. Still, the idea didn’t come from a place of hate.
I’m sorry that you find the video offensive. What you can do, and I know this is a novel concept, is not watch it. Just pretend it’s not there and carry on. I see problematic shit all the time and some times I speak out about it, but I’m not going to try and keep it from happening. Freedom of speech and expression is what it all comes down to. You can dislike Mastodon and this video all you want, but it’s still going to be there and people are still going to enjoy it. Try battling misogyny in your own spaces and helping people around you instead of criticizing dancers in a music video for their choice of artistic expression. Practice what you preach. In the meantime, FYM will continue to support this video and celebrate the fun, confident women in it.
Have a stellar day,