Warning: *Not* work nor kid-friendly. (Hat tip to the Hubby, who showed this to me and JG yesterday evening.)
Read a book.
Social satire? Or simply offensive dreck?
I can imagine how folks unfamiliar with hip-hop will be offended, but how much more would they be offended to learn this blatant use of imagery and profanity is not only common, but 247365 pervasive? Perhaps then they would understand the satire. Yeah, you could make a similar statement w/o the profanity, etc… but, it wouldn’t make the same statement . It’s kind of like when some people were mad at Bill Cosby for shining a light into the dark corners of ghetto culture/mentality
The crap that gets play today makes that old 80s stuff look like a joke. 2 live crew was raunchy and.or provocative. This newer stuff is pornographic to the extreme.
FWIW… I’ll stick with Arrested Development’s approach to satire. It actually offers a solution.
Rap is not the problem, but I think it’s the industry that’s at fault. Nelly said on a discussion of hip-hop on BET that if one girl “shakin’ her ‘stuff'” makes a million for one artist, he’ll have two girls shaking said stuff. Mainstream rap is all about selling an image. Go listen to Deltron 3030, Dr. Octagon or Jurassic 5 and one will find that these guys are in it for the artform/
I may be wrong, but it appears to me like an indictment of an entire genre, and the cognitive dissonance this video evokes is unsettling. One of the creators pointed out that this ‘skewers hip-hop,’ and it points out that in that particular genre the primary mode of communication is through offensive images and profanity. Most who are unfamiliar with the hip-hop genre will certainly be offended, but they will come to the opinion that the genre itself is defective and must be eliminated. This will spark numerous debates about whether the genre belongs in the world of art, satire, or pornography.
I think that the goal of this is to get people talking, and guess what? That is what is happening. Is it offensive? Yes. But no more so than other hip hop videos that I’ve seen. The only thing that I have a major problem with is that it’s getting played when the little ones are awake and watching the television. If the target age is 18 to 34 then play it at a time when 18 to 34 year olds will be watching.
“It’s a floor wax *and* a dessert topping.”
Yes, it’s offensive dreck. I closed the page before it was halfway done. *And* it’s fairly accurate social satire. I doubt, however, that it is *effective* social satire, as the only people likely to be swayed by it are those who put *down* their books to blogsurf for a few minutes anyway. Most rap aficionados would, I believe, be more inclined to think of it as a simple joke (by one of their own, perhaps) rather than as satire… and seeing it as a joke would give them license to ignore it.
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