Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Austin Mahone? Mmh No

 
I'm going to start out with saying this is not in fact a recent song and I realize that-and though I'd hate to bring back old drama, people are still worshipping Austin Mahone and I feel as though it's important to share my own reasons on why this guy and his song are icky.
   Lets just get right into it and begin with the first couple lines of the song.
"I tell these women that it's all about a team
Jordan and Pippen man
So do you want to join the team
Now tell me little miss thang
Dale"

   Can I talk about how PROUD I am of Pit Bull? I mean wow good job sir you used words other than party and Miami! I didn't even know you knew that many words! Seriously though, what does this even mean? It kind of looks like he put a cluster of random words together and came up with this rap about telling woman "it's all about a team" and addresses a female as "little miss thang". Though this piece of the song isn't nearly as bad as the rest (believe it or not, it gets worse), it's flat out creepy. I really don't like how this man tells "these women" (meaning he's done this more than once) and calls a human being "little miss thang" which if you haven't actually realized, is a gross thing to say to someone. I mean he could call her "little miss boobs" or "little miss woman that I don't actually care about and will probably try and and sleep with and then move onto the next girl and tell her it's all about some fucking team." but I don't think that's the catchiest name and I don't know much about flirting and relationships but I don't think that's exactly what I, myself, would like to be addressed as. 

   Moving onto where it gets the actual point of the song, Austin comes in with 
"When I saw her
Walking down the street
She looked so fine
I just had to speak
I asked her name
But she turned away
As she walked
All that I could say was"
Wow I see that we're already going full speed ahead on the stupid train, Austin. To sum up what just happened (because apparently his fans aren't capable of reading lyrics and seeing the flaws in them), Mr. Austin Mahone saw a lady he thought was looking pretty nice and he apparently just had to speak. He then continued onto asking her name which is a pretty good way to start off a conversation. But seeing that this girl had the actual sense not to talk to gross strangers on the street, she walked away like a smart person. And then Austin left her alone because he saw that she wasn't interested and he respects her for choosing not to talk to him. Right? Nope. Our friend Austin, has to go into an extraordinarily idiotic chorus about how he said "mmh yeah" out loud to this poor woman. Before I go into all the shit that goes on with the refrain, let's just stay on these lines for a second. It's perfectly OK to think that someone that you see on the street looks nice. Just did he have to call her "fine"? There are so many words to describe some one's beauty and he just had to choose one of the most misogynistic ones. Then he goes up to the girl. I don't know about you but if a random guy came up to me and asked for my name I would no doubt do the same as the girl in the song and walk away because I listened in kindergarten when they said don't talk to strangers-especially trash like Austin Mahone. This girl did NOTHING wrong for leaving him. Obviously he was putting her in a very uncomfortable situation and she had the power to turn away from it. If the song could get any more misogynistic, the chorus happens.
"Mmm Mmm yeah yeah
Mmm Mmm yeah yeah
Mmm Mmm yeah yeah
All that I could say was"

 
OK who wrote these lyrics? A five year old? How many times will people have to tell men that cat calling is NOT and will NEVER be a compliment? Cat calling is not a term of endearment. Cat calling is not sexy. It is not something attractive and sure doesn't make me feel better about myself or the person doing it. No matter how you do it, CAT CALLING IS NOT A COMPLIMENT. It disgusts me that someone would ever dedicate a top 40 song to something as repulsive as cat calling. Why couldn't he write another one of those stupid party songs? It's not as if his fans actually listen to his music. I mean why would you when you can just stare at his face? Amiright?
   Things get even dumber as we get into yet another GREAT verse.
"Six inch heels clickin up and down the street
You know she's comin and then she walks away way way way
I'm a big big deal, a little fun's all I need
But I can tell she don't believe what I said said said said said"

   I love how this song is basically made up of Austin getting rejected but wait! Austin is a "big big deal" and "a little fun" is all he needs so it's TOTALLY fine to talk about a girl as though she is an object. Dear Mr. Mahone, I don't care about how big a deal you are. I seriously couldn't care less about you joke of a singing career or how many twelve year old fans you have. If I am not attarcted to you (or anyone for that matter), I have every single right to leave you.
Skipping over the chorus, we get here:
"Rock' n' roll one time, we'll make it up as we go

I know you feel it cus I mean what I said said said said
We can do whatever, do whatever we want
When she walk past me I say hey hey hey hey..."
  The part that really got me angry was when he claims that he knows she feels it because he means what he says. Haven't we heard that line before? Oh wait I know where it's from! Robin Thicke's lovely song about date rape! 
"I know you want it...". Yet another important point here: JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE "FEELING IT" DOES NOT UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES MEAN THAT SHE DOES TOO. Unless this poor girl gave you a verbal indication such as I don't know maybe 
"I like you." or "Wow I'm feeling it." you have no reason and I mean NONE to assume she likes what you are doing to her. My favorite part is that going back to the pre chorus SHE WALKED AWAY. I don't think there is any better way to show you really aren't into someone other than leaving them without a word. I mean I knew Austin was stupid but is he really that dumb he can't take a hint? 
"So tell me where you're from, where you wanna go
She walked pass me like I ain't say a word
Stood there like man
Girl I don't usually feel some type of way
But this one hit me hard in some kind of place
Like man.."

  This girl just walked away from him why does he continue to talk to her? The worst thing mentioned here is line four and five. I understand that you were attracted to someone on the street. We get it. But just because you feel a type of way NEVER means that she has to like you back and telling her it "hit you hard in some kind of place" antagonizes her and really pressures her into having to like you back. If someone is not interested, LEAVE THEM ALONE. It really isn't that hard. 
   Skipping over that icky chorus, our good friend, Pit Bull, returns with yet another beautiful rap.
"Mmm Mmm yeah yeah
She looks so good but she bad bad
You can see that back from the front front
booty like kriss kross, jump jump
Meet me in the middle of the ocean, we can find ourselves and lose minds.. rewind
Wawawawa play
Find ourselves and lose our minds today
Austin M, Armando, acabando latinos y gringos gozando me entiendes
For those that thought that we would stop
definitely don't have a mind to think with, brainless
Most of them broke but they're famous
Some got hitched but they're nameless
But mammita, forget about that
When I see you
All that I could say was"

   I think there is too much stupidity to not go line by line with this one. So first line is yet another repeat of that ever so meaningful refrain and as we get into the second line, we learn that wow this girl is very attractive but is bad somehow. The next two lines consist of this wonderful description of this woman's butt and I don't think I need to go into how disrespectful that is. Things get extraordinarily terrible as Pit Bull claims that for those with actual sense who say that cat calling is unacceptable, are apparently brainless which I think is just plain hilarious coming from Pit Bull of all people. 
    There are so many things wrong with this whole thing. Not only was yet another misogynistic song that objectifies women added to the top 40 countdown but Austin's fan base is basically made up of all young teenagers my age (and younger) and this is brainwashing them into accepting cat calling as something that they should take as a compliment. It teaches girls that they have no power in a situation where they aren't attracted to a guy and antagonizes those who actually get their feelings across. No matter how many flimsy and stupid points onto why she should like him, it will ever make it OK to cat call. On the topic of Top 40, we should really be listening to lyrics of songs that are this popular instead of letting the catchy beat trick us. Would you really want to dance to something like this now knowing what it's actually about? And why are we idolizing people like this? There are artists out there such as Bribry O'Reilly and Kate Nash who not only have 500000x more talent than Sir Mahone, but actually add positive and empowering themes to their songs that actually make yourself not feel like shit. Why do so many people feel as though misogynistic, douche bag, guys like Austin and our friends from "What Guys Look For In Girls", Cameron Dallas and Nash Grier (who by the way are in the lyric video), are good role models? 
   All in all, to sum up what I'm saying, the song is trash, Austin Mahone is complete trash, and we need better songs on the radio.

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