Lily Allen's back after a four-year hiatus, during which she gave birth to two children, with the track "Hard Out Here." The song title is a play on Three 6 Mafia's Oscar-winning "Hard Out Here for a Pimp"; the video is a satire of just about every viral music video of the summer, including Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Miley Cyrus's "We Can't Stop." It's getting plenty of deserved side-eye, in part for the lyric, "No need to shake my ass for you 'cause I've got a brain" and in part because she's using black dancers in much the same way that Miley did in her video and [...]
Please enjoy this unholy, mesmerizing amalgamation of Thickeness, which The Hood Internet has created by mashing "Blurred Lines" with the Growing Pains theme song.
If these images cause you to experience any physical discomfort, take heart in the words of Jean Baudrillard. "To challenge and to cope with this paradoxical state of things," he wrote on Tumblr after reposting the "Blurring Pains" video this morning, "we need a paradoxical way of thinking; since the world drifts into delirium, we must adopt a delirious point of view. We must no longer assume any principle of truth, of causality, or any discursive norm. Instead, we must grant both the poetic [...]
Miley Cyrus brought giant stuffed teddy bears and a foam finger to the VMAs this year. She stuck out her tongue indiscriminately, she slapped the asses of some anonymous black women, she stripped to her underwear and bent over in front of Robin Thicke, and and we all pondered again this ancient transition from “good girl” to pop vixen and wondered how we’re supposed to feel. What of this ephemeral existence—and why all the goddamn teddy bears?
Initially, watching the video for “We Can’t Stop,” I couldn’t decide if Miley was at all ironically self-aware; if she was conscious of the messages her reinvention was sending, of the way her [...]