I can honestly say that I DO remember August 1, 1981 at 12:01 AM when John Lack launched MTV with the words “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll.” and then video killed the radio star.
Boys and girls, that was my MTV back when they played videos 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year…I may have on an occasion or two or more spent nearly 24 consecutive hours watching videos…
Oh to be nineteen again!
Of course now my kids look at me archly when I recall how awesome MTV was with all those great music videos and the VJs who kept me company. I have to admit when I look back at some of those classic videos I do cringe. Okay, fine. I cringe a lot. But kids, just you wait: Girl Code, Ridiculousness, Teen Mom, Snooki & JWoww. Yeah, have fun sharing, explaining and apologizing for those gems with your kids.
Which brings me to the thought that someday Robin Thicke, T.I. and Terrell Williams might have to explain Blurred Lines to their kids. That is if they would ever let their kids watch it. I have to admit it, I do like the song. It is catchy, fun and easy to dance to. But yes, it is a little rapey too. Honestly what bothers me more is Thicke’s take on the message of the video:
“We tried to do everything that was taboo,” he told GQ on May 7, “bestiality, drug injections, and everything that is completely derogatory towards women.
The 36-year-old singer, who is married to actress Paula Patton, defended the song by indicating the irony that he, T.I. and Pharrell are all “happily married with children.” Because the men are settled in their lives with their families, Thicke said they’re “the perfect guys to make fun of this. What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman,” he continued. “I’ve never gotten to do that before. I’ve always respected women.”
Um, Robin…I think you just STOPPED respecting women. You might not get it now. But someday you might get it, you know when your child is older. Maybe. Dear god, I do hope you do understand…sooner rather than later.
But all hope is not lost in the world of music videos. Another favorite song on my playlist these days is this:
Knowing that it is Timberlake’s tribute to his grandparents, William and Sadie and their 63 year marriage makes it all the more amazing to me.
I think I need a tissue. You want one?
Lastly, today video has invaded Instagram. I think video might have killed Instagram. Can you just picture all the duck-faced selfies, breakfasts, lunches, dinners and manicures coming to life in video?