More double standards on display?

Oh hey, this reminds me…

Miley Cyrus’ raunchy display offends even young viewers

Sabra and I were talking about this last night and she said one of her friends made a great point: while everyone was getting on Miley Cyrus’ case for her, um, display with Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards, no one — or, at least, a lot fewer people — was saying anything about the song she was dancing to:

“I hate these blurred lines…I know you want it.”

The “blurred lines” bit apparently refers to the fact that the object of the protagonist’s desire is, shall we say, not in the right frame of mind to give her consent. So, in other words, the song is about, well…rape. I am given to believe the video is even worse. But Miley Cyrus is the one catching most of the crap that’s been raining down this week.

I have to wonder why that is. Double standard where certain things are okay for men but not for women? You could say that, I guess. But you could also say that everyone’s taking the easy way out, because taking an honest look at this would require taking a look at the coarseness of modern hip-hop music and culture, and we all know that’s not going to happen.

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7 Responses to “More double standards on display?”

  1. Sabra Morse Onstott Says:

    It’s not just the song. It’s that he was part and parcel of the entire spectacle just as she was, and yet only one of them is taking any flak from it. Twenty-year-old woman bumps and grinds with a 36-year-old man, and only the younger of them gets attacked for the display.

  2. Les Says:

    Miley is young in real or sane world years, but ancient in Hollywood years and experience. The difference might be that even I know (kind of ) who she is, and she took off most of her clothes in a very public forum and danced obscenely. Thicke participated, but I never heard of him before now (or most anyone now on the covers of the supermarket tabloids) and he kept his clothes on. Her dance is not uncommon, and that is why, for the most part, we stopped C&W dancing. I just got tired of watching young women hump each other (and occasionally a guy who would then hump back). Get a room! Those dances, outside of dance school and intermediate school cheerleader tryouts are in a dimly lit place and mostly anonymous (and clothed). But hers was in the bright lights, on world tv, not the Black Cat Club in Bridge City. And she was the um, star.
    The song, likewise, has lyrics as you noted in common with the hiphop culture. Shame to adopt and amplify the worst aspects of black culture, but there again, Hollywood led the way.
    I remember when one of my grandsons, upon listening to “Wouldn’t it be nice” (Beach boys?) at our house, said it was the nicest, kindest song he had ever heard.

  3. JD(not the one with the picture) Says:

    All I have to say is thank you Robin Thicke, for the vision of Emily Ratajkowski dancing. I will be forever in your debt, sir. Were there lyrics to go with the music in that vid? . . . and who is Miley Cyrus?

  4. kadja1 Says:

    I think there is going to eventually backlash in the hip hop culture over lyrical content. More people are tired of the “anti” logic lyrics and or the sexist, misogynistic style many have in the songs and videos..

  5. mick Says:

    Bah, they’re both adults. If they want to spend their fame on this sexy BS, why not?

    Re: rape interpretation, I got the impression that the blurred lines were due to her not being single.

  6. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Fair point, mick, but if people are gonna slam one side they ought to slam the other side as well, I think.

    • mick Says:

      I guess it’s too idealistic to hope we collectively give less craps about what celebrities are doing. I’m doing my part, though, and have yet to see the VMAs.

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