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anyone else find this offensive?

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It’s the new video from the atrociously-named Two Door Cinema Club.

I’ll admit I do seem to be quite prickly these days but, surely? The submissive way the submissive females all look the same and dance submissively and coyly and prettily, just there to complement the male egos on display. And of course the men aren’t interested… they have far more important jobs to do.

Like sing an offensively bland pop song, for one.

Perhaps they’re being, uh, ironic…?

Here. Have some classic French coldwave from 1980 instead. I’m sure Franz Ferdinand would approve.

Or, if that’s not refined enough for you, here’s some more of those lovely Lovely Eggs.

21 Responses to anyone else find this offensive?

  1. David February 9, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Ahahaha, can’t help but feel you’re reading wayyyyy too much into the video. Each to their own, though! Always love reading your little rants.

  2. Blue Straggler February 9, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Major overreaction Everett! I don’t think the women were submissive, in 80% of shots they barely seemed to register the presence of the band (who look like they are on detention at prep school…well the singer does anyway, is he the son of Tom out of Keane or something?)
    I was far more offended by them not even vaguely moving their fingers around the fretboards of their neither-plugged-in-nor-displaying-radio-transmitters fully electric instruments. At least Jason Donovan managed that much on his Too Many Broken Hearts video!

  3. Everett True February 9, 2011 at 11:44 am

    You could be right, Blue. I was giving a gut reaction and then throwing it open to the floor to discover just why the video has caused such a response from me.

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    Michael Lavine
    i do. but i love me some eggs.

    Jodi Biddle
    I find the music way more offensive than the film clip.

    Everett True
    maybe that’s the idea. to distract the viewer from realising how offensive the music is…

    Michael Lavine
    yea, its the music. it sucks. the girls are cool

    Everett True
    in which case, maybe it’s the juxtaposition of such cool girls acting all submissive promoting such obviously crap music?

    Jodi Biddle
    I feel like this is a losing battle here. This is just like so many film clips. They look like they’re trying to be “ironic” by having go-go girls in their clip for “cool edgy indie music”. Franz Ferdinand did this much more effectively. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxBNft9EuZQ

    Hannah Gould
    Ha!ha! You feminist. Very true though..

    Wallace Wylie
    I think music videos, movies, magazine covers or album art that indulge in gross sexism but claim a get-out clause by trying to say it’s a “comment” on sexism, or a kitsch throwback to times when sexism was not seen as a problem, are pretty much the most pathetic and spineless things imaginable.

    John Troutman
    godawful. i made it through 22 seconds, only because i couldn’t stop it any faster.

    Joanna Nilson
    Wow, well check out this “burlesque” band, it’s really “sexy” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt71NYNtnSE

    Todd Arkley
    This band needs to be punched in the neck.

    Jodi Biddle
    Joanna. I didn’t need that. Sad face.

    Martin Ross
    Actually I was more offended by the singer’s hair.

  4. Erika K February 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Man, I’d rock so much harder if I had motion-activated LEDs embedded into the soles of my Chuck Taylors.

  5. Jen February 9, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Hehehe, ah you are funny. Seriously though this is a TUNE! And, with all respect, you may want to calm down a little about the offensiveness. TDCinemaClub are great! I do like your feminist leanings though.

  6. Ronan February 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I think compared to some rap videos that have come out over the last few years this one is like something from a kids programme (albeit a 60s or 70s one). Check 50 Cent’s P.I.M.P http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDApZhXTpH8 as a tame enough example. Now there’s submissive females trailing a guy around in ego boosting fashion!!

  7. Old Ghosts February 9, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Two door cinema club are popcorn,
    Seemed like a good idea at the time,
    Razzmatazz and expectations,
    But essentially tasteless and bland,
    Salt flavoured girls, a pretend taste,
    Hang like husk between your teeth.

    The book was much better than the film.

    However I love Eggs.

  8. Oriana February 9, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    First of all, i don’t even trust o believe in music critics. If you know so much about music then why aren’t you making some of your own so we can judge it? I know why, because you probably suck at it.

    Don’t you think you’re overreacting a little about the video and “offensive song”? To me it sounds like a fun song and a fun music video with some girls dancing around.

    And could someone please explain to me what’s so offensive about the song?
    Thanks

  9. Oriana February 9, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Oh and i forgot: the two videos you put as suggestions truly suck.

  10. Erika K February 10, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Maybe there are just two kinds of music: that which supports the status quo, and that which challenges it.

  11. Princess Stomper February 10, 2011 at 5:44 am

    I got too bored to form an opinion. Seriously, I couldn’t even make it through the song.

    The only time I’ve ever thought “Oh, come on now” was Beyonce in the Crazy In Love video when she’s literally on her hands and knees, crawling around and waving her bottom in the air! Ya know, back in the 80s with all those heavy metal videos and the women draping themselves over cars, I just thought that was hilarious because you took one look at David Lee Roth and thought “he fucking *wishes* that woman would want him!”

  12. Everett True February 10, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Hi Oriana

    Well argued and well reasoned.
    http://www.collapseboard.com/omg-the-thin-kids-lol-to-support-kate-nash-in-brisbane
    http://www.collapseboard.com/song-of-the-day-2-the-deadnotes

    The song is offensive cos it sucks.

    Bye now

  13. Wallace Wylie February 10, 2011 at 7:33 am

    It’s true though, you can’t criticise music unless you make it and are successful. This also applies to movies. Unless you’ve made a movie, don’t even think about criticising it because you AREN’T QUALIFIED. Same with gourmet food. And writing…Christ am I fed up with people who’ve never had a book published giving me their opinions on it. “Uh, where’s your book on the bestsellers list?” I always say. “That’s right…IT’S NOT ON IT. YOU’RE JUST JEALOUS.” That’s right, you heard me. Anyone who criticises anything, ever, is just jealous. End of discussion.

  14. Darragh February 10, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Mr Wylie, your sentiments is full of holes. By that logic, the only way I could know if I liked my car or not is if I personally made cars.

    Also, by your logic, you’re not qualified to criticise this post because you are (presumably) not a critic and not successful and therefore not qualified to comment.

    Success doesn’t equal quality. There are countless brilliant musicians who haven’t ‘made’ it in a traditional sense.

  15. Everett True February 10, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Erm… Darragh? I’m fairly sure Mr Wylie was being heavily sarcastic.

  16. Darragh February 10, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Everett – Really? Sarcasm detector fail.

  17. Wallace Wylie February 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Looks like somebody’s jealous of my sarcasm.

  18. rhiannon kelsall February 11, 2011 at 2:54 am

    you fucking prick! simple, if you don’t like it, don’t listen to it. but don’t go running your mouth off talking plain shit when tdcc have 89095827925259 fans who adore them

  19. Darragh February 11, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    If you don’t like it, don’t comment on it

  20. Charlie February 12, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Well put Rhiannon.
    Personally I adore them and yes the video’s a little different but they write amazing songs so if you don’t like the video or find it offensive or whatever just close your eyes and appreciate the song.

  21. Tony M October 6, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Charlie, it’s not that people are such prudes they don’t wanna watch; it’s the way the thing perpetuates outdated notions more on line with 1970s thinking.

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