I think this video is fucking killer and I was mildly surprised that people thought it was racist, because all I could think was “Oh! This is like Madonna!” or “Oh! She did a Michael Jackson finger waggle point movie! The waggle pointing! YES!” so it was weird to revel so joyously in the barrage of 80′s references only to come back down to the here and now and be confronted with RACISM. If I am being hyper sensitive (and willfully ignorant of all of the hot hot 80′s references) I could see how her pointing out how “well spoken” all of the dancers are I can see how she comes off racist. BUT, I rethought that line and maybe she was saying that they can all just speak for themselves. So if they “aren’t props” why doesn’t anyone talk to them?
And no, she could not do the same video with all white people and avoid accusations of racism. Because then people would just accuse of her “misappropriating” black culture (though thinking about it now it would still be a killer video). The only reason she could avoid accusations of racism would be to cast two black dancers and two white dancers for the video. Basically too many black people and they look like props, too little black people (not midget black people but just a small number) would all seem racist.
Basically I’m talking about a ying yang people. That’s right, a fucking YING. YANG. She needs equal parts black and white, light and dark. I knew this all came down to ancient eastern philosophy. Oh shit, I just misappropriated a distant culture associated with Asia (and then ASIANS) and I’m a white person. JESUS, WHERE WILL IT END??
But seriously, ying yangs.
I don’t know why I’m commenting. But, I guess I might as well. 1.5 million dollars people. 1.5 MILLION. Is that not insane? Players get fined a fraction of that when they hit a guy so hard they end his career and leave the poor asshole with dementia at the ripe age of 45. So the price is too high. MIA should probably pay a fine of some sort, but only after a court finds her in breach of contract and even then the price will almost certainly go down after litigating. I’d fight this tooth and nail if I were her.
As for MIA I think she’s kind of a boring egomaniac with the philosophical complexity of a jilted teenager that wears too much black. So fuck MIA too I guess. But fuck the NFL more. Everything is horrible. Sweet God.
And does anyone even find “the finger” even remotely offensive at this point? No. They fucking don’t. Because who gives a shit about a middle finger.
I dunno the b excused her actions at first by saying she “didn’t have the money”, now she all of a sudden has the money? What the fuck brahs. Gimme a beaker. I mean a breaker. I mean, a goddamn BREAK. And then her goddamn album cost 1.2 to record? Huh? Whatsers? The musicians cost 35 K, take it from the money you almost certainly have left over after receiving 1.2 million bonez from people via kickstarter to record your album and call it a day. Oh, and legalize it guys! I’m rolling in it man! Think about the universe!
No idea. This guy is more hawkish than Bush for Christ sake. I thought he was going to be all about civil liberties (as the Democrats usually are) and instead he’s a fantastic war time/pro big bank president. This guy is like the greatest neo con to ever exist.
eh, a man has to make money somehow. I can’t blame him. I don’t think there’s any such thing as “selling out” nowadays when you can’t make money off of albums anymore.
boring someone to death somewhere? Probably?
every Girls song sounds the same. Gimme a breeeaaaak. The cult of personality seems at play with that particular guy.
I think if she can make money then she should do it. Period. I think you have to be at least mildly calculated to succeed in the arts. John Currin started out as an abstract painter and then realized that he no one was making easel sized paintings of figures at the time so he started to do that and he succeeded based on his reaction to what was going on. Nicholas Winding Refn has said that he wants to do the “opposite” of whatever has come before him in an effort to be different. Meaning this: he is willing to contradict his own instincts if it means he can do something you haven’t seen. Artists do it all the time in an effort to progress. Lana Del Ray realized that there were not many people dressing like she is now or making videos like she is now, so she did that. And what is wrong with that? The very idea that hipsters (the most inauthentic “culture” in existence) are calling this person illegitimate for doing what she is doing is insulting. The same people that wear indian feathers in clubs, and dress like lumber jacks (even though they live in Brooklyn) or as though they were blue collar even when they’ve never done manual labor. I mean, it’s bullshit. The press is perpetuating this like children and the children that read it are helping out. Fuck you juvenile do nothing assholes. If people can make money with the arts, let them make money and shut the fuck up.
I think you are exactly right. Julian should stay in a lower register. When he sings higher like this he doesn’t play to his strengths and sounds like he’s about to pass out. And the chorus does sound like some pop punk kind of thing. Not as cool as earlier Strokes music. I am still anticipating the album, but this song isn’t making me feel too hopeful. We shall see.