Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Major Lazer, "Lose Yourself"

It is now past 10 AM here in the east. If you are still a little groggy, a little less limber or alert than you'd usually be at this hour, please play this on repeat until you find yourself awake. I can't imagine it will take all that long. Also, this is GREAT. [Via]

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Lockheed Ventura (#5,536)

Well, if the music doesn't "wake you up", the racist and misogynistic video certainly should do the trick. This video needs a trigger warning or three.

Once again (sigh), scantily clad, booty popping Women of Color are nothing more than mere "props" for male artists who are fully clothed in suits. Why do you endorse this tired, racist, misogynistic trope? This is Blurred Lines and Miley Cyrus all over again.

Near naked, Women of Color offer nothing more than their bouncing brown booties to the culture appropriating WHITE OVERSEER, DIPLO, who of course is fully clothed in a suit and tie. Why is the white man even present (he is not singing) other than to oversee the black women bowing to him in a sexually provocative manner?

Add that the video is shot in a Caribbean, post-colonialist, former European slave colony and the image of Women of Color offering themselves to a white man in a suit becomes an overwhelming toxic stew. Besides shots of a plantation (of course!), the women thrust around in an decrepit abandoned factory. Was the factory closed down due to neoliberal trade policies perhaps? In the face of a closed factory, is the message of the video that the only thing that Women of Color of this former slave colony can offer the white man in a business suit is their booty? These are serious issues that are glossed over by the throw away description "Also, this is GREAT."

The factory shots of scantily clad women of color combine pornographic images with "ruin porn", the other favorite fetish of white hipster class.

Seriously, hire women of color in editorial roles who will help you to check your privileges.

Mr. B (#10,093)

@Lockheed Ventura rofl

justhere2upvote (#233,597)

Well, I liked it. Thanks Balk!

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