Blog Post 6
Many people are getting involved with the controversial debate of the provocativeness of music videos. The young middle school and high school students in America seem to look up to all types’ celebrities as role models. However, this isn’t a good thing most of the time because most celebrities are bad role models, they drink too much or use drugs, or they can be sexually explicit in videos. The music industry and the musicians wouldn’t agree with me because this is how they are making their money, and selling their products to consumers. However, I believe that music videos should be monitored better before the song, lyrics, and music video goes on air. Many music videos are provocative because women are nude in many videos and the media would say that it’s their choice of what they want to do and the choice of the population to watch the videos. This is making society believe that women are used as sex objects and they degrade women. Music videos are changing the way society thinks about gender, and it negatively affects both men and women.
The article, “Hip-Hop Portrayal of Women Being Protested.”, is about an African American woman, Asha Jennings, who believes that hip-hop music is degrading to women because they are being looked as sex objects. Jennings is trying to get society to think about African American women not as sluts but as regular human beings. For example, Jennings states that music videos is showing that, “black women are bitches and hos and sluts and not worthy of respect, and that’s how society is treating us.” She threatened to protest an event which had Nelly, a celebrity rapper, and his songs are degrading to women themselves. For example, “You lookin’ good in them shorts but they look better on the floo’,” is one of the lyrics in Nelly’s song, this is an example that women are looked at as sex objects.
Another article, “Nudity in Music Videos”, has a chart starting from the year 1978 with the artist Queen, to present. This article has a list of songs that contain a variety of ways that nudity appears in videos. For example in the music video, “The Sun by The Naked and Famous”, has a description of nudity that says, “A couple engages in intercourse as a camera shows various angles. Only breasts are shown.” The musicians or the music producers think that showing a woman’s private parts will attract more consumers because male parts aren’t being shown. This is proving that the music producers’ perception of women is that they are sex objects and men are not. This is occurring in music videos where small children and young teens can see their role models having sex or lots of nudity because young children are not yet mature enough to understand or to have the thought of sexuality. Teens are noticing their role models being sex objects and inferior to men, which should not be the mind state of a teen. The music videos change the affect people view women, so teens shouldn’t get the idea that women should be sex objects and that men are more dominate.
The article, “MTV Portrays Women as Sex Objects”, written by, Karen Vanegas, is about saying that the reason why women want be nude in music videos is because they are the ones that are the selling point for buyers. According to Vanegas, these women aren’t being forced to be provocative they choose to be. So the music industry is making money because the women want to be provocative in the music video. Other women in the US buy these songs or albums that are making the MTV music industry rich. These negative aspects of women are being sold by men and women consumers that are helping the music industry to get money. Vanegas states, women are being looked as sex objects in these music videos that the music industry in making a huge profit. So I believe if no woman wanted to be provocative in music videos MTV would lose money and hopefully change what is shown in music videos. I believe if people stopped buying the albums that have a lot of nudity maybe the music industry will change its ways as to women not being portrayed as sex objects.
In addition to, the nudity is usually women being the subject, but men are also being pictured in a problematic way. In the article, “Portrayal of Men in Music Videos”, written by, Lucy Low, men are being looked as powerful and dominating women. Low states that men in music videos are being portrayed as strong, dominate, and superior to women. Also if men don’t have the “look” they will be looked down upon. The “look” is to be buffed out with muscles all over the body and have abs. The men that don’t have this body shape or type become very insecure about themselves. The male celebrities should be looked upon their talents and not how they look on screen. If looks didn’t matter as much as their actual talent the public would have a better self-esteem.
Another reason the music industry should watch what they are putting out there is the fact of binge drinking and other usage of drugs. The article, “How Music Videos Promote Binge Drinking”, written by, Doreen Umutesi, seems to say that the celebrities in music videos are drinking beers, or hard liquor. For the younger teens they are watching their idols drink at parties, so they believe that is the “cool” thing to do. Music industry is intentionally showing teenagers that the best way to have fun is to drink alcohol, as they show in the music videos. Umutesi assumes that there are more teens drinking because of the music videos, however some teens will drink just to drink the alcohol, and not have a connection with the music videos. Umutesi states that teens see celebrities having a party and the only “fun” thing to do is to drink alcohol at the party. The music videos are sending a negative message to teens because in the videos sometimes the celebrity is throwing a drug and alcohol party; so teens may think that drugs and alcohol is the “cool” thing to do to have fun.
Overall, the celebrities and the music industry should be more careful of what they put out to the public because many young teens watch music videos and listen to music a lot. To not completely destroy the young minds and behaviors of teens in the United States, make a change by stop buying the provocative music. If the music industry isn’t making a profit they might change their ways. Also parents should be aware of what types of music their kids are listening to and be role models themselves.
1) Arce, Rose. “Hip-Hop Portrayal of Women Being Protested.” CNN. Web. 3/28/12. Website: http://articles.cnn.com/2005-03-03/entertainment/hip.hop_1_hip-hop-black-women-spelman-college?_s=PM:SHOWBIZ
2) Low, Lucy. “Portrayal of Men in Music Videos.” Scribd Inc. Web. 3/29/12. Website: http://www.scribd.com/doc/60058871/Portrayal-of-Men-in-Music-Videos
3) Umutesi, Doreen. “How Music Videos Promote Binge Drinking.” The New Times Rwanda. Web. 3/29/12. Website:http://www.newtimes.co.rw/news/index.php?i=&a=9511&week=10
4) Vanegas, Karen. “MTV Portrays Women As Sex Objects.” Washington Post. Web. 3/28/12. Website:http://voices.washingtonpost.com/hs/mckinley/2007/03/mtv_portrays_female_as_sex_obj.html
5) Wikipedia, Multiple authors. “Nudity in Music Videos.” Wikipedia. Web. 3/29/12. Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nudity_in_music_videos