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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Katy Perry's E.T.

I like Katy Perry, just as much as the next person, but sometimes, I have issues with her lyrics. I know that her lyrics are not as offensive as other songs, but I just wanted to raise a few points.

I was talking with my co-worker/roommate Michelle the other day about the newer song "E.T." We were trying to figure out our sentiments about the song. Yes, it's catchy. Yes, it's a pretty cool music video. But we finally realized what was not sitting well with us. In the chorus, she sings "wanna be a victim, ready for abduction." Later on, Kanye sings:

"I'ma disrobe you, then I'ma probe you
See, I abducted you, So I tell ya what to do"

I have a problem with her using the word "victim." Personally, I don't think you should ever want to be a victim of anything. I think Kanye's part makes it worse because it shows dominance and control. I can't help but notice parallels between this and sexual assault. Notice how it's not a "we are going to do this." It's more like "I am going to do this to you."
Just something to think about...

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