Posted by: joshjasper | December 14, 2010

Dirty Bit

While driving to work this evening to give a presentation to the community members attending our 40 hour training I turned on the radio to find a remix version of the song Time of My Life.  How creative!  Yet another artist releasing a song that required little to no ingenuity on their part to create.  Then I started to listen to the altered lyrics.

Immediately after the first verse I heard it.  It was subtle, but it was there.  Each verse was connected by the phrase “Dirty Bit.”  So the original song made famous by the movie Dirty Dancing now includes a phrase that refers to women as dirty bitches.  (Dirty Bit)  How incredibly original of the Black Eyed Peas!  You’ve decided to remake a song with the intention of degrading others….again.  Remember their popular song called “Let’s Get it Started?” They originally wrote that song to be titled “Let’s Get Retarded.”  The group was mystified as to why so many found those lyrics offensive and eventually conceded by altering the title of the song.  And who can forget their popular tune titled “My Humps?”  Here’s a quick snippet of that lyrical masterpiece:

What you gon’ do with all that junk?
All that junk inside that trunk?
I’ma get, get, get, get you drunk,
Get you love drunk off my hump.
What you gon’ do with all that ass?
All that ass inside them jeans?
I’ma make, make, make, make you scream
Make you scream, make you scream.
What you gon’ do with all that junk?
All that junk inside that trunk?
I’ma get, get, get, get you drunk,
Get you love drunk off this hump.
What you gon’ do wit all that breast?
All that breast inside that shirt?
I’ma make, make, make, make you work
Make you work, work, make you work.

My presentation tonight focused on understanding violence and being aware of how it pervades our everyday lives.  I think it’s always good to use relevant, current examples of how objectification and violence towards others is used, normalized, and rarely challenged.  The Black Eyed Peas makes this part of my job way too easy….again.

 

Make a Difference:

1.  Start a conversation about the Black Eyed Peas with your friends/coworkers/family.  Ask them what they think about the lyrics.

2.  Stop listening to their music.  Don’t buy it, download it, or share it.

3.  Let them know how you feel about their lyrics on their website: http://www.blackeyedpeas.com/community/forum

 

 

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Responses

  1. What more could be said Josh!
    Well put and well done…
    Let us know how the presentation was received.
    Your commrade, MCR

  2. It’s just so normalized. I was watching Law and Order, and the detectives were sort of profiling a serial rapist, describing him as “no longer seeing her as a woman, but as an object.” I just had to laugh at that one, because it’s not just the serial rapist who is doing that!

    Everywhere I look, women are objectified, and used as props in videos. In movies, women are often depicted as the doting quiet nameless female surrounding an ‘important’ man, or sooo often an object of violence and servitude in music lyrics.

    I mean they’re not even trying to make it look a little less vicious! Get you drunk, make you work! So romantic…and they get rewarded for it!

  3. Great points Bill. Women are definitely paying a serious price for the ways in which they are depicted in the media. Both and men and women need healthy role models to help break those normalized stereotypes.

  4. Josh……didn’t you sell Fergie’s perfume at the Glimmer of Hope Fund-raiser?? If her group and her music are so bad….why are you using her to raise money??


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