Post # 1
I don’t think I’ve seen this posted here yet- http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2013/07/02/198097817/the-record-when-pop-stars-flirt-with-danger
I have an opinion but I don’t want to sway the results.
For anyone not aware, be careful watching the music video (esp the unrated version) at work.
Post # 3
I don’t have a problem with the song at all and do not think it’s about rape.
Post # 4
@Baimee: I think the phrase “you know you want it” is what is being said as “rapey”
I haven’t read the article yet
Post # 5
@Chrysoberyl: I’ve heard that too, but I still don’t see it. Especially in the context of the song.
Post # 6
There’s a clip in the video where one of the girls has a baby stop sign on her butt. I think that’s the main thing. It’s only in the unrated version.
Post # 7
I like the song and don’t think it’s a rape reference.
Post # 8
Nah, i think people love an excuse to find fault with things and have moan.
A feminist gets her boobs out and says it’s empowering yet a woman gets her boobs out in a video featuring men and it’s obscene.
And i think the song has a strong sexual content but i don’t think it’s rapey after all he says “some other guy tried to tame you but your an animal baby it’s in your nature” i think that implies a the woman is a bit of a strong wild and naughty lady.
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Post # 10
I never even thought this song had any meaning like that. I love the song!
Post # 11
wow that was a really stupid video. i guess since mtv doesn’t play videos anymore, artists aren’t trying very hard to make interesting ones. anyways, i don’t think it was a rape reference.
Post # 12
I’m very sensitive to rapey messages and I don’t think that rape is what they were suggesting… it sounds like the song is talking more of a situation where the girl actually does want to have sex with him, but is being deliberately coy-flirty, which is VERY different from not consenting…
Also can I say I find the hashtag thing reeeeally obnoxious? Song is kinda cool though.
Post # 13
@Bebealways: This is exactly what I was thinking before I read the NPR article.
Post # 14
@Bebealways: Exactly. I’m super sensitive to rape references and I absolutely don’t think that’s what’s happening here. I hadn’t even heard the song until I saw an article about this issue, and STILL didn’t think it was rape-y. But the hashtag thing is ridic.
Post # 15
That being said I am noticing a cultural shift lately. Lots if rape jokes and references. it’s not being portrayed lately as unacceptable and horrible. I’m noticing a lot more people being accepting to jokes about it, it being portrayed on tv in an almost mainstream … I’m not a fan if that at all.
Post # 16
Do I think the song is about rape? No.
Do I think the song could be interpreted as condoning rape? Yes.
Context changes depending on the individuals and the situation. Popular culture needs to be a bit more cognizant of that.