Yesterday I talked about how terrible it is to be a woman. I continue the feminism theme today with a video by LMFAO. Is this a feminist video? Sort of. They acknowledge how sexist the portrayal of women in music videos is, which is great. At the same time, though, there is an element of, "Hey look at us! We're like women and that is hilarious!" Instead of black-face, they are in woman-body. So I don't know. Maybe it's complex? I hesitate to call any of LMFAO's work complex. I mean, look at it.
Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO:
I do think it is unfair to say that the video is just stupid, though. That some of the things which would be commonplace with a woman's body are shocking with a man's body makes me think. And thinking is what this is all about.
The video starts ordinarily enough with a group of men in animal print pants, one of whom may be a robot, strutting down a beachfront road.
The singer is filled with animal lust.
There's another group of people on the beach, including a pointless cameo from the foreign kid on That 70's Show, that seem to be the enemy of the first group.
Could they be evil?
Then something surprising and awesome happens. Note: This next scene may make you extremely hot with its red hot love.
The singer rips off his pants and gives us a close up of his jiggling genitals.
This is no different from all the normal boob shots you would get in a beach video featuring women, but is shocking when it features men.
The whole groups starts strutting and wiggling its stuff.
We also get an all-male version of the butts-on-the-beach shot. It's almost as salacious as the coverage of Olympic women's volleyball.
The singer begins to show how he works out.
Two disgusted men look on.
Look at those guys! They are veritable She-Hulks! Note: Did you know that She-Hulk (and to some degree Red She-Hulk) is the best Marvel super hero? It has been clinically proven. Legend has it that the Avengers movie was supposed to be mostly about She-Hulk but an eccentric German millionaire bought the movie rights to her character and has been using those rights to make 30 full-length movies a year. None are available to the public. What could they be about? I'm just waiting for the millionaire to die and those vaults to be opened to the public.
I mean, look at her.
Anyways, back to the action. The evil men decide to have a wiggle-off and remove their pants.
Look at how angrily he brandishes his junk!
The good group wiggles.
The evil group wiggles.
In the end, we all win.
The video ends with an amazing title card.
So what does this video do? Notice how many shots of the men's bodies don't even show their faces. It's weird, right? Why isn't it weird when we see women's bodies and not their faces? That's probably what we should be asking. And I'm glad that LMFAO are smart enough to bring it up.