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More Revenge Music Videos. May 16, 2007

Posted by ajaramillo in Aventura, betrayal, Blu Cantrell, controversy, domestic violence, Ethics, Female Power, morality, music video, Power, video.
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I wanted to continue Melissa’s point about the popularity of the “revenge narrative” in music videos, yet a complete avoidance of domestic violence issues. It made me think of Blu Cantrell’s video “Hit ‘Em Up Style.” It is exactly how Melissa explained it: Blu’s man cheated, so therefore it’s OK to get back at him by destroying his property. Not only does she damage all of his possessions and spend his money, she encourages other women to do it too! It becomes a catchy girl power anthem.


Unfortunately, I also couldn’t find any other videos with women addressing the issue of domestic violence first-hand. However, it seems that we hear about women’s struggle from an unlikely source (more…)

Music Videos and Revenge May 16, 2007

Posted by Melissa in Before he Cheats, Carrie Underwood, controversy, Dixie Chicks, domestic violence, Eve, Kelly Clarkson, music video.
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I wanted to continue our discussion of music videos and our earlier discussion of the “revenge narrative” by looking at two hugely popular videos released by Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. Both women came to fame as winners of the American Idol competition and have subsequently built their careers in both the pop and country music markets. Clarkson released “Since You’ve Been Gone” in 2005; Underwood’s single “Before He Cheats” was released a year later in 2006. In their videos’ both women exact revenge on philandering partners by destroying property both men cherish. (more…)

Hilary Duff: An Unlikely Source for a Multicultural Video May 7, 2007

Posted by jenniferlewk in Hilary Duff, Multiculturalism, music video.
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While this song isn’t particularly profound, it is refreshing to see a whole range of races and ethnicities in this pop-star’s video. Although the video does speak about London, Paris, and Tokyo, race and ethnicity are not necessarily highlighted in response to the words in her song. Rather, her extras, the friends in her car, those on the dance floor, etc are of all different races, ethnicities, and “types.” After speaking in class yesterday about the Spice Girls’ multicultural phenomenon and what a huge deal it was, I thought it was exciting that Duff, blond pop-star extraordinaire, shows her young fans in a very casual manner that the world is in fact composed of people that do not necessarily look like her.