In that list, you’ll find the video that took off this past Labor Day weekend. The feminist parody, “Defined Lines” was briefly taken off of YouTube Monday because of it’s “inappropriate context.” What’s hilarious about this is that the video is of three New Zealand law students who sing about dismantling the patriarchy and the sexist connotations that are associated to the song’s underlining message of blurring lines of sexuality (and maybe even consent).
As The Independent writes, The University of Auckland Law students racked up 450,000 views after its debut on Saturday, but now it’s gained more than a million. The creators of the song, Olivia Lubbock, Zoe Ellwood, and Adelaide Dunn, call themselves The Law Revue.
In the video, the three vocalists are fully clothed, in contrast to three muscular men who are either dancing around in their underwear, having whipped cream smeared all over their faces, or having dollar bills stuffed down their pants. YouTube removed the video Monday, after a number of users flagged it as “inappropriate context.” Luckily, the video has now been restored on the site.
Oooh, men in their underwear, sOoOo scandalous~
I guess male models dancing in their underwear is “inappropriate,” but I just don’t get it. If David Beckam can be in a national H&M ad, only in his undies, I think this video is more appropriate than that.
You tell 'em!
Lubbock said that it’s a complete double standard that it was taken down, due to the sexual content of the song. “It’s just funny that the response has been so negative when you flip it around and objectify males,” said Lubbock.
But, that’s not what these ladies were going for. The three wanted to send a positive message with a little bit of fun. “It was meant to be a comedic sketch, but we were trying to address the culture of objectifying women in music videos. We think that women should be treated equally,” said Lubbock.
Here’s a little sampler of the genius lyrics:
-Every bigot shut up
-We’re feeling the frustration/From all the exploitation/Prepare for your castration
-We 'aint good girls/We are scholastic/Smart and sarcastic/Not fucking plastic
-If you wanna get nasty/Just don’t harass me/You can’t just grab me
-Gotta resist all the gender roles/Time to put misogyny on parole
I think the song is fantastic. It was like these three ladies went deep down into my feminist soul and said everything I wanted to say about "Blurred Lines." Yes the lyrics of this parody are very blunt, but it’s sososo good! And the female rapper KILLS THIS SONG! So please, YouTube, get off your high horse, cause we’re: