Editor's Note: The title of this post is a joke from "30 Rock," so please, not me.
Above is the video for a song called "Talk to Me" by an artist named Ms Voice. I first became acquainted with this song and artist and video when it was featured on television program "The Soup" last month. Let me see if I can accurately convey my feelings about it.
If someone told me that the next time I pressed play on Ms Voice's "Talk to Me," that someone random in the world would die, I would press play. If someone told me that I could either choose between finding true love or never listening to Ms Voice's "Talk to Me" ever again, I would hesitate for a really long period of time. If someone told me that they would take away my air if I ever listened to Ms Voice's "Talk to Me" again, I would probably try to bargain with them. Why?
Because my life is not complete unless I am listening to this song.
I wish I could explain it, but I really can't. I'm just addicted to this song. Watch it. Tell me it's not addictive. It's terrible in an objective way, but the component parts are strangely not half bad. Ms Voice's warble. The atonal piano. The subtitled beginning. The bras. Put my heart in fire. And leave it there to burn. I mean, it's terrible, and it makes me laugh until my laughter turns into singing and I find myself singing this song all over my apartment all night long to my neighbors' delight. However, one day when I was enjoying myself, I remembered that I felt this kind of love about another special snowflake that YouTube bestowed upon me one day. And her name is Gnesa.
This video has almost 4 million YouTube views so I'm pretty sure you've seen it, but I had to go back to it because while enjoying the stylings of Ms Voice, I realized that laughing so hard at these women doing their best to make a music video (and actually doing a pretty good job, have you made a music video, exactly) and doing their best to sing well (Ms Voice, true to her name, doing a much better job than Gnesa who sounds like when you sing along to a song at the club in the hopes that no one hears you over the music...) Anyway, I realized that in watching these videos back to back to back over and over again and laughing so much, that maybe what I was laughing at wasn't a good thing.
Was I laughing at the bad production values, which really for self-produced stuff online, is not that bad? Was I laughing at these women thinking they are really good, when they really aren't? Or was I laughing at something else? Was I laughing because these were women making themselves look foolish for me, a man? Was I laughing because I'm a misogynist?
The reason I ask it in this way is because I, IN NO WAY, consider myself a misogynist. As a gay man, I don't consider myself anything that ends with "-ist": racist, misogynist, sexist, elitist, thinnist. I happen to love all people, especially women, and think that the rights of women are not only important for them, but for men too, FOR EVERYONE. Women are literally why we're all here.
left and right makes me sick. It's something we all should stand up for not only because women are the majority on the face of the earth, but because they are human beings and being female shouldn't relegate you to second-class status and...
Sorry, I started listening to Gnesa again. Side note: I try to affect this look at right on an almost daily basis and never achieve this level of glamour. Can you see where my problem lies? Yes, I'm more than subtly making fun of these women, but not for their womanness, it's because they're so funny.
Now, these two ladies do have other things in common. For starters, they are both seemingly singing with some kind of accent, except that I'm not laughing at that nor will I touch the implication of that with a 10-foot pole. They are also both beautiful in a conventional meets non-conventional way. The songs they are singing are also each ridiculously simplistic because who has time for verses and hooks when there are pillows to be dodged or laser effects to swirl behind your head. I think it's the combination of all these things that makes me love each of these ladies. But I'll leave it up to you. You'll let me know if I'm a misogynist, but before you do, let me make one more case for myself.
I think, and this is a theory, that I love these ladies so much (and one other lady who I think is insane so it's not as funny, except it's still kinda funny) is a direct result of me NOT being a misogynist.
I love that these women stood in front of the camera, and unlike reality stars or video girls, they decided that they had something to say, they wanted to sing it, and be damned if they didn't have a whole lot of talent, they were going to do it anyway because it was inside them and needed to come out. That's not a quality our society appreciates in women. Basically, society says do the opposite of stand up and sing. Instead, these women were being strong and courageous and said "Have fun with me while I perform this song and you're gonna like it." And you know what? I DO LIKE IT. I like them.
I think their work is great. And I also think it's hilarious, because it is, and there's nothing wrong with saying so because these women were strong enough to stand tall and as such, I have the right to laugh if I want to... I'm probably a misogynist, you guys, right?
NO! I just proved that I wasn't. Maybe you can help. Question Time: Am I misogynist for laughing at these songstresses? Why does there always seem to be a Rebecca Black (whom I follow on Vine, and whom is delightful), but too few William Hungs (whom I'm not linking to because no). Do women just have more of an ability to seem likeable and fun even when they're doing something possibly ridiculous and men don't, which is why goofy men's songs never seem as funny? Who else would see a double bill with Ms Voice and Gnesa? I would be in line TOMORROW.