Her way with words is that of a person who is pushing her own agenda. If she wants to make a point, she will word something accordingly. Her latest and greatest failure is, dare i say it. Rape.
"Or maybe you sang about anal rape while you were watching The Voice final. Maybe you hummed along with Robin Thicke as he performed his number one song, Blurred Lines, to a live audience of millions of Australians, most of them families."- Mia Freedman.
A blog post about Robin Thicke's latest single, Blurred Lines, is in Mia Freedmans words, about "brutally anally raping a girl." *Awkward silence*........ She thinks and says it, not me.
I was gobsmacked. I couldn't believe what I'd just read. So much so, I had to back track, re - read everything AGAIN just to be sure of what i had in fact, read. My initial response was a long the lines of:
"What the fuck is wrong with you?!!!!!! Are you serious?!!!!!! I fucking hope not!!!!!!!"
Apparently, she was indeed, very serious............
First things first. Rape is not a word one simply throws around, with reckless abandon. It's not a word you can just say out loud and not expect someone to notice, and feel a little uneasy about. I think it's nothing short of disrespectful to victims, men and women alike, to have a mummy blogger talking about something so free and easy for attention on a mass media platform. It's disgusting!
Now Mia, here's where I take your work apart, piece by piece.
"So I’m driving along in my car with the kids in the backseat, tapping the steering wheel and happily nodding my head while I sing about brutally anally raping a girl. You’ve probably done the same thing. Sung about rape in the shower, at the bus-stop, on your way to work, in the playground, at the breakfast table with your family without realising that’s what you were actually singing about."
Blah , blah, blah.. You and I, a long with any normal person of sound mind and body knows this is not the case. Nobody hums about rape, nor do they sing it in the mini van to the kids whilst driving, or sitting around the dinner table for that matter. So why would you use these as examples for something so horrific, in such a condescending manner to make your point?! When it comes to something like that, I'm pretty sure the tone of conversation is far from jovial.
"Congratulations Robin Thicke. You have unofficially plunged the music industry’s treatment and depiction of women below the gutter and into the foulests depths of the sewer."
Congratulations Mia Freedman, you're wrong again. I'd hate to break it to you. But it was in the sewer long before Robin Thicke was even born. There are far worse (and clear cut) cases of piss poor form in the music industry, across numerous genre's. Don't blame him for everything that's ever happened in the music industry. Those kind of generalizations are fraught with danger.
"OK now he was close, tried to domesticate you
But you’re an animal, baby it’s in your nature
Just let me liberate you
Hey, hey, hey
You don’t need no papers
Hey, hey, hey"
Mia Freedman interprets this as: "Not enamoured with the way he compares a women to a dog who needs ‘papers’ to determine her breed. But this is merely a warm up."
For fuck sake, Mia. The actuality of it is in fact, more like: The current man in said girls life wanted to marry her. She's not interested in being locked into a committed relationship, new man suggests she be with him because he will let her do what she likes. If that was indeed how the song was worded, it would probably cease to be a catchy tune, wouldn't you say? Besides, you're the only one who implied dog / breed / paper analogies. Nobody else. Just you. You of all people should understand that it's wrong to be putting words in other peoples mouths. Tisk tisk...
From this point on, you have no idea what your talking about. I also like the way you've highlighted the lines for us si - si - si - simple folk. That's a nice touch. Bless you.
"One thing I ask of you
Let me be the one you back that ass to
Yo, from Malibu, to Paribu
Yeah, had a bitch, but she ain’t bad as you
So hit me up when you passing through
I’ll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two
Swag on, even when you dress casual
I mean it’s almost unbearable
Then, honey you’re not there when I’m
With my foresight bitch you pay me by
Nothing like your last guy, he too square for you
He don’t smack that ass and pull your hair like that
So I just watch and wait for you to salute
But you didn’t pick
Not many women can refuse this pimpin’
I’m a nice guy, but don’t get it if you get with me
Shake the vibe, get down, get up
Do it like it hurt, like it hurt
What you don’t like work?"
Hate to break it to you Mia, But first thing is, Robin Thicke didn't say the lyrics you've underlined and tried to highlight as "a problem". Those are from the rapper T.I, a.k.a TIP, a.k.a Clifford Joseph Harris Jr, a.k.a Not Robin Thicke! If you're going to shoot the messenger, make sure it's the right one.
Get your facts straight before putting someone on blast, for something they didn't say or do. That's nothing short of irresponsible. If you had no idea what most of this meant, why did you feel the need to comment on it?! This makes you look ridiculously narrow minded and extremely ignorant. Opps... To late.
" I don’t know what half of that means. But I do know this: “I’ll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two” is a sentence about raping the ‘good girl’. The girl who ‘wants it’ even though she says she doesn’t" - Mia Freedman.
"I'll give you something big enough to tear that ass in two" - I'm going to let you in on a secret, old person. This is actually slang. Basically, it's a man bragging about the size of his penis and sexual prowess. Not anal rape, as you have suggested to your readers.
I'm sorry that pop singers or rappers don't write and perform with a 40 something, mummy bloggers everyday vernacular in mind. I'm sure we could've cleared this all up had they have done so. Alas, they did not, and now you look like a fool.
"He also claims that because the director of the video was female and the almost naked models were paid, it can’t be demeaning to women. As if these two things somehow ameliorated the degradation and the rape lyrics"
Oh, that's right... Still using rape as the key word to push your message out to the masses. Only these lyrics don't exist. Your powers of suggestion however, are alive and well. Classy.
"Sorry Robin, I’m calling bullshit on that. Don’t pretend it’s ironic. Don’t say it’s meta. What this song and video is is pure misogyny rapped in fizzy pop and a catchy hook.
And when I read the video’s director claiming she thought it was ‘playful’, I winced. The last time I read that word was when Charles Saatchi described the public assault of his wife Nigella Lawson as a ‘playful tiff.’"
Misogyny, yes. Everything else you've implied? No. Charles Saatchi / Nigella Lawson? The apples and oranges comparison that actually has nothing to do with music, or the artist you've decided to have a go at. Man bashing much?!
"And to those who roll their eyes and say “Oh, it’s a music video. What do you expect?” well let me tell you.
I expect a civilised society that respects women to push back. To say no, we won’t play your song. No we won’t let you perform on our TV show. No we won’t interview you for our newspaper.
Because when we just shrug our shoulders and do nothing, we say it’s OK. And that’s how rape culture is allowed to flourish, through ‘funny’ cartoons and catchy pop songs that casually normalise sexual assault and violence against women.
In this way much of the music industry has already plunged into the sewer, let’s not follow them."
In closing, The only thing I rolled my eyes at was the audacity in telling your readers this is a song about brutally anally raping a woman and the mindless mountains of ignorance in your blog post that couldn't be further from the truth. Your story was lopsided and loaded to suit your audience from go to woah.
You've taken nothing and turned it into something for readership, under the guise of feminism. If anything, you're the one who's full of shit.
However, it seems that in your world, Mia Freedman, this is exactly what happens. You take things far too literally, and make a bell end out of yourself. You're an idiot. You should be ashamed of using rape as a tool to suggest to readers that this is what it's all about, when it isn't. The only thing Robin Thicke was responsible for, was making a shit song. Nothing more, nothing less. Don't like it? Don't listen....