The non-existent feminism of Selena Gomez

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I can’t get behind this cover for Selena Gomez’s new album “Revival”

In her new autobiography, “I’ll Never Write My Memoirs,” Grace Jones puts modern pop stars on blast for failing to be shocking by trying to be shocking:

 “They dress up as though they are challenging the status quo but by now, wearing those clothes, pulling those faces, revealing those tattoos and breasts – that is the status quo.”

Ms. Jones is so right. It’s not shocking AT ALL anymore when modern pop stars do something “shocking.” You know what would be shocking? Madonna making an age appropriate album instead of making us pretend for the millionth year in a row that she’s 21.madonna steve buscemi

That’s why when I saw the cover for Selena Gomez’s upcoming album “Revival,” I was nothing but disappointed at it’s sad attempt to be shocking, because I was unaware that patriarchal nudity was still considered shocking.

For real: Is she challenging the patriarchy by showing us her naked body on this album? Is she challenging rape culture? Exploring her own sexuality? Promoting feminism? A woman’s right to do what she wants with her own body?

Based on the lyrical content of her latest single “Good For You,” I don’t think so:

Gonna wear that dress you like, skin-tight
Do my hair up real, real nice
And syncopate my skin to your heart beating

‘Cause I just wanna look good for you, good for you, uh-huh
I just wanna look good for you, good for you, uh-huh
Let me show you how proud I am to be yours
Leave this dress a mess on the floor
And still look good for you, good for you, uh-huh

First of all: honey, it’s 2015. NO.

Second: These lyrics are all sorts of NOPE.

The song was written, unsurprisingly, by three men and one woman.

Let that sink in like a long, wet fart from a stranger 5 minutes into your hour long bus commute. A 23-year-old female pop singer is singing a song written by dudes, about wanting to please dudes and look good for dudes. In 2015. It’s not as if songs like these haven’t been hitting our mom’s Dodge Caravan radios for decades/millennia, but the tides have turned. Rihanna is known for not writing her music, but at least she has the intelligence and will to curate empowering music like “Bitch Better Have My Money” that tears the shit out of the patriarchy.

More and more people learn about what rape culture is everyday. Feminism is discussed daily in the media. And “Good For You” is nothing if not another tired attempt at perpetuating harmful patriarchal ideas, like women only wanting to look good for the male gaze, or that anybody not going to their senior prom is wearing an updo. Which begs the question:

WHY IS A FEMALE POP STAR SINGING ABOUT LIVING FOR THE MALE GAZE IN THE MIDDLE OF A MAINSTREAM FEMINIST MOVEMENT?

Was Selena so hungry for a hit song that she didn’t care about the contents? Did her label make her do this? Is her career managed by 40+ year old men who have total boners for the patriarchy? All signs point to probably. This is hardly the first time she’s sang a song that is decidedly anti-feminist (no wonder Rihanna passed on “Come and Get It“).

It would be one thing if feminism wasn’t being talked about EVERYWHERE. Or if Taylor Swift, arguably the queen of the entire music industry right now, hadn’t ignited conversation about the importance of being a feminist for the past year. Or if Britney wasn’t tell all men to “suck my fucking toe.” Or, you know, if THE Beyonce hadn’t performed in front of a GIANT SIGN that literally said FEMINIST on MTV.

 

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SLAY BEY BEY

It’s very true that pop music has not always politically correct or woman-friendly (Blurred Lines, anyone?). But we live in a really special time in mainstream music right now where women are writing and producing their own music more than ever before in a typically male-dominated industry. Taylor Swift, Grimes, Katy Perry, SIA and Lady Gaga, to name a few, all have a heavy hand in writing, composing and producing their own music. It’s amazing! It’s inspiring! And it’s about goddamn time to have actual female perspectives via the written word in mainstream music.

It’s one thing if you’re writing your own music about loving the male gaze, or wanting to look good for that Canadian human mop Justin Bieber. But it is quite another to not even be involved in writing the gross songs that support the patriarchy. Good thing you’re teaching all your young, impressionable, coming-of-age fans that it’s cool to do everything you can to please men sexually. How progressive of u.

Lorde famously called Selena out in the press for singing anti-feminist songs. And she’s right. There’s no place for this in mainstream music anymore. Popular culture is changing, women in music are more empowered than ever and ain’t nobody got time for that male gaze shit. I get dressed for ME, I wear lipstick for ME and so should YOU, Selena. You, your fans and top 40 radio deserve better than this. It’s 2015©.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments. 

 

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Madonna covers Gaga’s “Born This Way” on MDNA tour!!!!

Madonna and Gaga on SNL. Love them. Image via tunesmate.com

HOLY SHIZ. The Queen of the Pop universe mashed together her amazing hit “Express Yourself” with Mother Monster’s similarly chord-progressioned love hit “Born This Way.” So very cool of Madonna, because it’s both an honor for Madonna to sing your song in concert AND a little “hey bitch, that’s MY chord progression. And everyone WILL know it.” I love my pop queens. Fucking fabulous. Watch it here on perez!!

Netflix nightcap: Madonna: Truth or Dare

The one and only. Image via homorazzi.com

Madonna was the absolute coolest girl on the planet.

The entire movie is documenting Madonna as she completes her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour. After watching this early Madonna, you understand why she is the root of modern pop stardom. She fights through crowds of photographers, creates controversy to get in the papers, sings catchy yet solid pop lyrics and dances like the coolest bitch that ever lived. She is a true star. From demanding the sound guy explain to her why there is so much feedback to her waving to adoring fans outside her hotel room, she plays the original pop star role to perfection.

A good part of the film focuses on the people who surround her. Mostly backup dancers make up her day to day entourage, but once in a while people like Antonia Banderas and Sandra Barnhart show up to show famous people being friends with other famous people. It’s bizarre. Boyfriend at the time Warren Beaty was wary of the cameras and the whole act surrounding Madonna at the time, and you could tell he kind of thought she was bullshit or he was too insecure to be with a woman of her fame and character.

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Some of the other people interviewed in this documentary, like her brother Martin or the people that work on her show, could hands down be a character on any documentary-style sitcom show. Her brother in particular reminded me of a Trailer Park Boysesque Ricky crossed with Turtle from Entourage and Ben Affleck’s character in Good Will HuntingAnother woman, who was a long lost childhood friend of Madonna’s, wants her to be her child’s Godmother. Madonna graciously thanks her and says she’ll get back to her on it later because she’s so busy, all with a cheeky, “yeah right gurl” attitude as she blows out of the room because she’s famous and perpetually late. The definition of cool.

One could argue so many things about this documentary. That it’s Madonna doing Marilyn, that it’s at times hard to tell what is real, what is staged and what is exaggerated. But isn’t Madonna’s whole appeal (and that of Lady Gaga and any pop star as well) to act their part on the grand stage of life a mere 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? They want fame, they become fame. This is a documentary showing the personal aftermath of being the coolest, most famous and successful woman in  the world.

Watch it.

Madonna 2012 tour dates are HERE!!!!

HALLELUJAH!!!

Madonna just announced via Facebook her 2012 tour dates.

Now, if only I had money for Madonna tickets.

Here, ladies and gents, is our Queen’s tour itinerary:

2012 WORLD TOUR ITINERARY

EUROPE

29-May – Tel Aviv, Israel – Ramat Gam Stadium – On Sale Feb. 10

03-Jun – Abu Dhabi – Yas Arena – On Sale Feb. 27
07-Jun – Istanbul, Turkey – Turk Telecom Arena – On sale soon
11-Jun – Zagreb, Croatia – Maksimir Stadium – On Sale Feb. 17
14-Jun – Milan, Italy – Stadio San Siro – On Sale Feb. 13
16-Jun – Florence, Italy – Stadio Franchi – On Sale Feb. 13
20-Jun – Barcelona, Spain – Palau Sant Jordi – On Sale Feb. 16
24-Jun – Coimbra, Portugal – Estadio Cidade de Coimbra – On Sale Feb. 11
28-Jun – Berlin, Germany – O2 Arena – On Sale Feb. 13

02-Jul – Copenhagen, Denmark – Parken Stadium – On Sale Feb. 13
04-Jul – Gothenburg, Sweden – Ullevi Stadium – On Sale Feb. 17
07-Jul – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Ziggo Dome – On Sale Feb. 11
12-Jul – Brussels, Belgium – Stade Roi-Baudouin – On Sale Feb. 17
14-Jul – Paris, France – Stade De France – On Sale Feb. 14
17-Jul – London, UK – Hyde Park – On Sale Feb. 10
21-Jul – Edinburgh, UK – Murrayfield Stadium – On Sale Feb. 10
24-Jul – Dublin, Ireland – Aviva Stadium – On Sale Feb. 17
29-Jul – Vienna, Austria – Ernst-Happel-Stadion – On Sale Feb. 24

01-Aug – Warsaw, Poland – National Stadium – On Sale Feb. 17
07-Aug – Moscow, Russia – Olimpiski Arena – On sale soon.
08-Aug – St. Petersburg, Russia – SKK Arena – On sale soon
12-Aug – Helsinki, Finland – Olympic Stadium – On Sale Feb. 14
15-Aug – Oslo, Norway – Telenor Arena – On Sale Feb. 20
18-Aug – Zurich, Switzerland – Stadion Letzigrund – On Sale Feb. 24
21-Aug – Nice, France – Stade Charles-Erhmann – On Sale Feb. 14

NORTH AMERICA

28-Aug – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center – On Sale Feb. 13
30-Aug – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre – On Sale Feb. 18

01-Sep – Quebec City, QC – Plains of Abraham Site – On Sale Feb. 17
04-Sep – Boston, MA – TD Garden – On Sale Feb. 13
06-Sep – New York, NY – Yankee Stadium – On Sale Feb. 13
10-Sep – Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place – On Sale Feb. 13
12-Sep – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre – On Sale Feb. 13
15-Sep – Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall – On Sale Feb. 27
19-Sep – Chicago, IL – United Center – On Sale Feb. 13
23-Sep – Washington, D.C. – Verizon Center – On Sale Feb. 13
29-Sep – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena – On Sale Feb. 13

02-Oct – Seattle, WA – Key Arena – On Sale Feb. 13
06-Oct – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion – On Sale Feb. 13
10-Oct – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center – On Sale Feb. 13
13-Oct – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand – On Sale Feb. 27
16-Oct – Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center – On Sale Feb. 27
20-Oct – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center – On Sale Feb. 27
24-Oct – Houston, TX – Toyota Center – On Sale Feb. 27
27-Oct – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Arena – On Sale Mar. 5
30-Oct – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center – On Sale Mar. 5

01-Nov – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center – On Sale Mar. 5
03-Nov – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center – On Sale Feb. 27
10-Nov – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena – On Sale Mar. 5
15-Nov – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena – On Sale Mar. 5
17-Nov – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena – On Sale Mar. 5
TBC – Miami, FL – To Be Confirmed – On Sale Soon

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Blonde Ambition Tour

Madonna in Jean-Paul Gaultier for her 1990 Blonde Ambition Tour. Phenom! Photo via madonnafansworld.over-blog.com

Madonna obsession starting now. LOVE HER. I feel guilty I ever doubted her, or thought she was being mean to Lady GaGa. Shame on me. Madonna, the one, the Queen, the only. Nobody does it like Madonna.

Madonna: The only interesting part of the Super Bowl

Madonna's opening scene looked a bit like The Hunger Games, no? Photo via justjared.buzznet.com

At a male dominated sport, I gotta say: The ladies totally stole the entire show. Madonna had amazing energy at her Super Bowl halftime show while she played Vogue, Music, Give Me All Your Luvin’, Party Rock Anthem/I’m Sexy and I Know It, Open Your Heart and Like a Prayer with LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. and Cee-Lo Green.

That was DEFINITELY the best Super Bowl performance of all time. Second to Britney, N*SYNC and Aerosmith. Holla!

Go Madonna!!

PS I hear M.I.A. flipped off the camera. Folks, that’s like the least offensive thing she could have ever done on national television. Is anyone even offended by the middle finger anymore? Compared to Janet Jackson’s boob, that was nothing.