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“Blurred Lines” parody, by Mod Carousel.  Most perfect genderf*ck video you will see this year <3

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Weird Al Yankovic–“Word Crimes” (“Blurred Lines” parody)

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6066. When Kori was just starting her modeling career, she was casted for the Blurred Lines video. The original video didn't make it past the test screening because people where furious that Kori was 13 and she was shown dancing around topless like the other girls. Her agent thought the shock factor would be a good publicity strategy to exploit her potential. She cut ties with that management team and signed up with a new agency. The video was edited and all her shots were cut out in the final version.

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Beyonce and Feminism in Music Videos

Beyonce has become a spokeswoman of feminism, including quotes from feminist writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in one of her latest tracks and having the word “Feminist” displayed behind her while performing at the VMAs.

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For feminists like me, this is wonderful to see. The majority of women benefit greatly from the efforts of early and current feminists, but few women (especially female celebrities) publicly embrace the term the way Beyonce has. I hope that the promotion of the term and the movement by someone as adored as Beyonce will help shift the public’s perception.

When I heard of Beyonce’s song “Pretty Hurts”, and the accompanying music video, I eagerly anticipated its release. The song is about the very painful and exhausting process many women dedicate their lives to in order to be considered “pretty”. The music video features Beyonce competing in a beauty pageant. We see her and the other women engaging in various routines including getting spray tans, working out, kneeling in front of the toilet, and ingesting non-food substances in order to fill up their stomachs, all while her song plays. Half-way through the video, all the women are on stage and the pageant MC asks Beyonce what her goals are in life. She thinks for a while, admits she wasn’t ready for that question, and then answers “My goal is to be happy”. Shortly after that scene, we see her standing in front of her various trophies. She grabs one and smashes the others with it. The last scene of the video actually seems to be taken from a home video of Beyonce’s. The scene is of her as a little girl, giving her very brief acceptance speech after winning a pageant.

The video is undeniably powerful, yet I still felt like I wanted more. The ending felt somehow unsatisfying. In reading an interview with Beyonce about the video, I realized why. She described the video as being about “inner beauty and substance. […] That song represents finding that one thing in the world that makes you really happy.” I realized that’s what was missing from the video. We see Beyonce as a heartbroken, angry pageant contestant, but we never see her happy. We never see her as herself. We never see her, or any of the other women, outside of the context of the pageant. In her video, Beyonce is vividly illustrating a very dark problem deeply enmeshed in our culture, and I would have loved to see her create just as vivid an image of her character healing and “finding that one thing that makes [her] really happy”.

As I recently watched Beyonce’s VMA performance, one of Chimamanda’s quotes struck me: “We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are”. I understood why Beyonce included it in her audio track as she danced onstage. Beyonce is known for her beautiful and provocative style of dance and costuming. When I heard that quote, I realized that Beyonce sees her very sexual style as an expression of her feminism. Yet, to me, her performance still felt sexually objectifying instead of empowering. What is the difference? Can a female performer express her sexuality without objectifying herself?

I watched some of Beyonce’s more recent music videos, and started to realize what felt so off to me. They felt objectifying because we were mostly in the place of “watcher” while she was mostly in the place of “beautiful sexy object”. She made flirtatious eyes at the camera almost constantly. She contorted her body to present certain parts of it to the camera. Her dance moves always felt choreographed instead of internally inspired. Her movements seemed to be motivated by what the viewer would want to see, not how her body wanted to move at that precise moment. Her flirtatious eyes felt like a way to draw the viewer in and keep us watching, not how her natural expression would be if she were singing the song. It felt like she was using her body as an interesting prop to help keep viewers engaged in the video. It felt like every movement had the intention of satisfying our eyes instead of her body.

In a culture where everyone grows up learning that female bodies belong to those who see them, it’s difficult for women to feel connected to their bodies. We quickly learn that our sexuality is only acceptable if it appeals to the male gaze. Even when we just want to move our bodies to music, we are expected to do so in a visually pleasing (and preferably also titillating) way. Most of us internalize these messages at such a young age that it soon becomes difficult to untangle our own sexuality from the way we are expected to be sexual. It becomes difficult to quiet the external messages that have seeped into our own thoughts and just move our bodies the way they truly want to move.

There are a few music videos where I feel the artists express their sexuality in an empowering way. The first is Mod Carousel’s “genderf*ck” cover of the well-known track “Blurred Lines”.

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The video has a distinctly groovy feel to it, as if the track started playing and all the performers just danced along to it. Even the men, wearing nothing but glittering thongs and heels, dance in a way that is empowered, genuine, and flirtatious. They have a full range of facial expressions, instead of only sultry stares into the camera. The women have the same broad range in their expressions and movements. This multidimensionality helps give their characters life, instead of flattening the characters into visually consumable objects.

A much darker, more emotionally intense example is P!nk’s video for her song “Try”.

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The interactions between P!nk and Colt are incredibly sensual. Their entire routine is obviously carefully choreographed but it still somehow feels organic. We see a lot of P!nk’s body, but no part of it is ever “presented to the camera”. P!nk is physically, mentally, and emotionally engaged with Colt. At no point does she even present her body to him. They are two people fully interacting with each other, no one ever falling into the role of “object”.

A lighter, more bubbly example is Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” music video:

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It’s very flirtatious, with lots of great dancing. Again, despite the clearly choreographed routines the dancers all look like they’re moving the way their bodies want to move at that moment. The dancers’ personalities shine out of their faces and gestures. Even Meghan’s glances into the camera are not “Do you find me sexy?” but more “Come join our dance party and enjoy your body like we’re enjoying our bodies!”

As feminism becomes even more of a hot topic, thanks to many people (including Beyonce), I hope to see more music videos that feature multidimensional female characters. I want to see music videos become another medium where female artists can fully express themselves. I want to see more empowered female sexuality. I want to see women following their own bodies. I want to see the “subject/object” dynamic gone from interpersonal relationships and media, replaced by “person/person”.

Sharing my opinion. Don't care if I get hate for it. I'm upset at the hypocrisy of the media.

The video I saw of TMZ talking about the DWUW video is the most ridiculous uneducated piece of fucking shit segment I have ever seen in my life. Rapey song? (And yes they said rapey SONG, not just rapey video).Do they not listen to the lyrics? Someone tell me how

“You can’t have my heart
And you won’t use my mind but
Do what you want (with my body)
Do what you want with my body
You can’t stop my voice cause
You don’t own my life but
Do what you want (with my body)”

sounds rapey. Or how about

“Write what you want
Say what you want ‘bout me
If you’re wondering
Know that I’m not sorry”

or

“I feel good, I walk alone
But then I trip over myself and I fall
I, I stand up, and then I’m okay
But then you print some shit
That makes me wanna scream”

Yeah that’s so fucking rapey. They’re talking out of their fucking asses. They are so uneducated it’s literally DISGUSTING.

Here’s what they had to say about the Do What U Want video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMoS9xK-yOQ


And just to prove my point, here’s what they had to say about the Blurred Lines video: http://www.tmz.com/videos/0_4rn1rguw/

“So remember, if you live in LA, and have money, and own a video camera, chicks will get naked for you!" 

Fucking ridiculous.

Uneducated piece of shit fucks.

UPDATE: The DWUW segment was removed due to copyright. xx

i’m watching the episode of icarly where gibby has a girlfriend named tasha and all i can think about is that she’s the same girl that was in the blurred lines music video that is so crazy to me

RESULTS | BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS 2014 - THE WINNERS

Here are the Billboard Music Awards 2014 winners:

Top artist: 
Miley Cyrus 
Imagine Dragons 
Bruno Mars 
Katy Perry 
*Justin Timberlake

Top new artist: 
Bastille 
Capital Cities 
Ariana Grande 
*Lorde 
Passenger

Top male artist: 
Luke Bryan 
Drake 
Eminem 
Bruno Mars 
*Justin Timberlake

Top female artist: 
Beyonce 
Miley Cyrus 
Lorde 
*Katy Perry 
Rihanna

Top duo/group:
Florida Georgia Line 
*Imagine Dragons 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 
One Direction 
OneRepublic

Top Billboard 200 artist: 
Beyonce 
Luke Bryan 
Eminem 
One Direction 
*Justin Timberlake

Top hot 100 artist: 
Miley Cyrus 
*Imagine Dragons 
Lorde 
Katy Perry 
Justin Timberlake

Top digital songs artist: 
Miley Cyrus 
Imagine Dragons 
Lorde 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 
*Katy Perry

Top radio songs artist: 
Imagine Dragons 
Lorde 
Bruno Mars 
Katy Perry 
*Justin Timberlake

Top touring artist:    
Beyonce 
*Bon Jovi 
P!nk 
Rihanna 
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

Top social artist: 
*Justin Bieber 
Miley Cyrus 
One Direction 
Rihanna 
Taylor Swift

Top streaming artist: 
*Miley Cyrus 
Imagine Dragons 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 
Katy Perry 
PSY

Top R&B artist: 
Beyonce
Pharrell Williams 
Rihanna 
Robin Thicke 
*Justin Timberlake

Top rap artist: 
Drake 
*Eminem 
Jay Z 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 
Pitbull

Top country artist: 
*Luke Bryan 
Florida Georgia Line 
Darius Rucker 
Blake Shelton 
Taylor Swift

Top rock artist: 
Capital Cities 
Fall Out Boy 
*Imagine Dragons 
Lorde 
Passenger

Top Latin artist:
*Marc Anthony 
Gerardo Ortiz 
Jenni Rivera 
Prince Royce 
Romeo Santos

Top dance/electronic artist:    
Avicii 
*Daft Punk 
Calvin Harris 
Lady Gaga 
Zedd

Top Christian artist:    
Mandisa 
Skillet 
tobyMac 
*Chris Tomlin 
Matthew West

Milestone Award presented by Chevrolet:    
Imagine Dragons 
John Legend 
Luke Bryan 
Ellie Goulding 
OneRepublic 
*Carrie Underwood

Top Billboard 200 album: 
Beyonce, Beyonce 
Luke Bryan, Crash My Party 
Drake, Nothing Was The Same 
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 
*Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience

Top R&B album:
Beyonce, Beyonce
R. Kelly, Black Panties 
Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines 
*Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience 
Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)

Top rap album: 
J. Cole, Born Sinner 
Drake, Nothing Was The Same 
*Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 
Jay Z, Magna Carta…Holy Grail 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist

Top country album: 
Garth Brooks, Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences 
*Luke Bryan, Crash My Party 
Florida Georgia Line, Here’s To The Good Time 
The Robertsons, Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas 
Blake Shelton, Based On A True Story

Top rock album: 
Lana Del Rey, Born To Die 
Fall Out Boy, Save Rock And Roll 
*Imagine Dragons, Night Visions 
Lorde, Pure Heroine 
Mumford & Sons, Babel

Top Latin album: 
*Marc Anthony, 3.0 
Alejandro Fernandez, Confidencias 
Jenni Rivera, 1969 Siempre: En Vivo Desde Monterrey: Parte 1 
Prince Royce, Soy El Mismo 
Romeo Santos, Formula: Vol. 2

Top dance/electronic album:    
Avicii, True 
*Daft Punk, Random Access Memories 
Lady Gaga, ARTPOP 
Lindsey Stirling, Lindsey Stirling 
Zedd, Clarity

Top Christian album: 
*Alan Jackson, Precious Memories: Volume II 
Skillet, Rise 
Third Day, Miracle 
Chris Tomlin, Burning Lights 
Various Artists, WOW Hits 2014

Top Hot 100 song: 
Miley Cyrus, Wrecking Ball 
Imagine Dragons, Radioactive 
Lorde, Royals 
Katy Perry, Roar 
*Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines

Top digital song: 
Imagine Dragons, Radioactive 
Lorde, Royals 
OneRepublic, Counting Stars 
Katy Perry, Roar 
*Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines

Top radio song: 
Avicii, Wake Me Up! 
Lorde, Royals 
Katy Perry, Roar 
*Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines 
Justin Timberlake, Mirrors

Top streaming song (audio):
Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams, Get Lucky 
*Imagine Dragons, Radioactive 
Lorde, Royals 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Ray Dalton, Can’t Hold Us 
Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines

Top streaming song (video):    
Baauer, Harlem Shake 
Miley Cyrus, We Can’t Stop 
*Miley Cyrus, Wrecking Ball 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz, Thrift Shop 
Katy Perry, Roar

Top R&B song: 
Beyonce Feat. Jay Z, Drunk In Love 
Drake Featuring Majid Jordan, Hold On, We’re Going Home 
Pharrell Williams, Happy 
*Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines 
Justin Timberlake Feat. Jay Z, Suit & Tie

Top rap song: 
Eminem Featuring Rihanna, The Monster 
Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake, Holy Grail 
*Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Ray Dalton, Can’t Hold Us 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz, Thrift Shop 
Pitbull Featuring Ke$ha, Timber

Top country song: 
Luke Bryan, Crash My Party 
Luke Bryan, That’s My Kind Of Night 
*Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly, Cruise 
Darius Rucker, Wagon Wheel 
Blake Shelton Featuring Pistol Annies & Friends, Boys ‘Round Here

Top rock song: 
Capital Cities, Safe And Sound 
Imagine Dragons, Demons 
Imagine Dragons, Radioactive 
*Lorde, Royals 
Passenger, Let Her Go

Top Latin song:    
*Marc Anthony, Vivir Mi Vida 
Daddy Yankee, Limbo 
Enrique Iglesias Featuring Romeo Santos, Loco 
Prince Royce, Darte Un Beso 
Romeo Santos,Propuesta Indecente

Top dance/electronic song: 
*Avicii, Wake Me Up! 
Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams, Get Lucky 
Icona Pop Featuring Charlie XCX,I Love It 
Lady Gaga, Applause 
Zedd Featuring Foxes, Clarity

Top Christian song 
Building 429, We Won’t Be Shaken 
Mandisa, Overcomer 
Sidewalk Prophets,Help Me Find It 
Chris Tomlin, Whom Shall I Fear (God Of Angel Armies) 
*Matthew West, Hello, My Name Is


Congrats to all!

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Music Video: Weird Al - “Word Crimes” (“Blurred Lines”)

For grammar nerds everywhere.

“Come over here if you want to get raped, by a creepy wannabe Timberlake”

“This song and video, will make you wanna take a, knife that is really dull, and shove it in your trachea!”

“And now it’s time for stupid hashtags that say my last name, it’s extremely lame! What they should say is I’m a douchebag, who thinks he’s so smooth, now everyone’ dancing, except for me I’m way too cool.”

“‘Cause I’m a scumbag! Who wrote this concept? Nothing happening makes any damn sense! [There’s a car on ya butt!]”

“Now let’s watch T.I. dance, like a dirty old man, who just shit in his pants!”

“Now here’s a crappy attempt at funny: What rhymes with funny?! [ALOT OF STUFF, IDIOT!]”

“Robin you asshole! I’m preggo with your baby. Even though I said no, you knocked me up anyway! [But the lines were blurred!] They totally WEREN’T! You’re just a BASTARD! *kicks him in the nuts*”

^ Just SOME of the amazingly perfect lines from Bart Baker’s Blurred Lines parody.
Please go watch it,you will thank me.

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Weird Al took Blurred Lines and basically made it into a school house rock video and it’s reallllly good.