Sunday, January 4, 2009

Birthday Girl

Leave it to The Roots to make an abstract video about pedophilia and underage sex. This song was left on the cutting room floor of their latest album, Rising Down, mainly because it did not fit in with the dark sound of the album. Though this video never aired on MTV or BET I think that it was one of the most original, and disturbing, videos of 2008.


Fredric said...

Going to have to disagree with you a little Brandon.

They lyrics talk about a young girl turning 17 and being old enough to buy a gun and see an R-rated movie, but still not really able to handle the rampant sexual advances thrown at them from life.

I think it's a real critique on our society, how we sexualize every young girl, yet judge them when they act on their influences.

What's deeper is that oxymoron is exactly what Sasha Grey represents (as a porn star) and why ?uesto is so obsessed with her.

Brandon said...

You're absolutely right Fred. I gotta admit, though, that my take on it comes purely from the visuals and the "To Catch A Predator" parody at the end...along with the "I just had sex with a 12-year-old" faces of the some of the cats at the party.

I went back and listened to the lyrics though. Deep.

Kofi Bofah said...

Is Sasha Grey a porn star?

Carah H. said...

Interesante. Leave it to B to always put me on to a video that i probably wouldn't have stumbled upon otherwise.

Damn, I feel like I'm in AP English all over again. There are so many underlying themes and messages that have seemingly gone over my head on this poignant video... I'll call ya to discuss later, Professor.