A Thursday Interruption: thecocknbullkid, more on Badu’s “Window Seat,” and some thoughts on Rihanna’s “Rude Boy.” Also: an octopus.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USOVicCloiA

Dude, I am loving this single. Here’s more info on this awesomely wacky artist.

Erykah Badu’s “Window Seat” is still causing a stir. Some comments from a five year old below:

TH: …Oh mommy, she fell down!

SH: Yes she did. She was shot.

TH: Why?

SH: Why do you think?

TH: Because she was naked and cool and free?

SH: Maybe.

In a world where some artists glorify date rape, is it possible to read Rihanna’s  ”Rude Boy” as a nice expression of sexual egalitarianism?

This isn’t a MUSICAL interruption, but it’s certainly a cute one!! This octopus wants to play!

Comments

  1. says

    I don’t know. I think of videos like Rude Boy or the Britney Spears anti-paparazzi song more as deliberate cash grabs than artistic statements; I usually see these pop stars as not being very much in control over what song they do, and making a song about how mistreated you are by the media is something that usually sells and can be sold as edgy, and with Rihanna it almost strikes me as if, after she got abused by Chris Brown, the management had set out to allude as much as possible to abuse, date rape, and similar things. That’s probably unfair, but I it’s simply that I think most pop artists are creatures of their management.

    Please correct me if that’s wrong.

  2. Maria says

    I’m less interested in Rihanna, TBH, because she definitely didn’t write “Russian Roulette” and I don’t think she wrote “Rude Boy.” But, just because someone else wrote her song doesn’t mean that it’s not a feminist cultural product, particuarly since parts of it do suggest a sexual egalitarianism. I just don’t especially LIKE “Rude Boy.”

    cocknbullkid? Her, I dig.

  3. Jen says

    I LOVE RIHANNA. definitely not THAT cynical or money grabbing cos I like all the singles from the current album for similar reasons, they all make me feel great and strong. I think they all have something in common. They aren’t empty and meaningless songs to me (unlike Britney and Beyonce’s songs that contradict each other lyrically from song to song).
    Rude Boy MUST be a feminist song cos all non-feminist men HATE it!
    And I LOVE ‘hard’ as well, they’re sort of confrontational and just make you feel like you wanna kick some sexist ass!
    Whatever song she brought out, people would link it to her personal life… I reckon she looks way more in control than Britney.

    Also I’d like to say that I love GaGa and Beyonce’s video for Telephone. I like the bit where B eats the pastie. and I realise that I love videos where women dance a really well choreographed dance and the camera isn’t being all male gazy and undermining them by showing slow-mo shots of their boobs and bums. Also they should not be dressed like featureless automatons like in LOADS of videos (cheryl cole’s ‘fight for this love’, any Kylie minogue video etc.)

  4. Maria says

    Haha Jen, I love your enthusiasm! Do you have any favorite songs we should do for the upcoming Interruptions?

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