How to React to the #Selfie Song and Others That Make Fun of GirlsGina Vaynshteyn

Where were you when you first heard “#SELFIE”? I was driving home from the grocery store, minding my own business, and inhaling a sleeve of Thin Mints when suddenly, house music and a girl’s voice slithered through my Camry’s speakers. Instead of being a mile away from my apartment, I felt like I was in a club downtown, overhearing a totally annoying conversation about guys and selfies. Oh, and about why “Summertime Sadness” is playing, even though it’s not summer yet, which is actually super on point.

I went over to the video’s YouTube comments and here is how other people reacted to this song:

They absolutely loved it.

“Best song ever” –Draculexie

“don’t know why but i love this song!” –Jordan Taber

They were angry about it.

“#nohopeforhumanity” –TheApplehipster

“Why are people making this song so legit. Like why is it on the radio” –Jessica Zhang

 They were very thoughtful.

“We watched this song in English class. My teacher was referencing this to Fahrenheit 451” -Champz146

“This video is All that, or rather just some of what represents the depravity and self importance of today’s pop culture set to a catchy beat” –tua39437

They blamed America.

“congrats [A]merica , you must be really proud of the average [A]merican teenager” –Edward Gudmundsson

“Dumbest song after what does the fox say, and wrecking ball. BOY DOESN’T AMERICA LOOK  LIKE A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE” -Pastel Goth

They thought it was unoriginal.

“sounds just like “Gentleman” by PSY. there’s no originality” –assasinDave300

“Zero points for creativity” –Michael

And some people were just really excited about Damon AKA Ian Somerhalder’s selfie.

“DAMON FROM THE VAMPIRE DIARIES AT 0:57” –Eshah Begum

“Ian Somerhalder at 0:57 heavy breathing” -Mrs. Mikalson

The 44,175 YouTube comments weren’t exactly harmonized, so I’m going to presume that everyone else is a little conflicted with “#SELFIE,” too. The “lyrics” work as a funny movement, but do they work as a song? I mean, is this what music has really come to?

I never really know how to feel about fad and parody songs, to be honest with you. I think they’re funny the first time I hear them, but then they tend to really wear out their welcome in my life.  Especially songs that make fun of girls.

The first song (that I can remember) to do this is “Shoes”, which was the biggest thing to happen to the Internet in the early 2000s. If you don’t remember using “Shoes” as a comeback, or randomly bursting out into, “OHMYGODSHOES!” with your friends, let me jog your memory. Liam Kyle Sullivan, under his female pseudonym “Kelly”, released “Shoes”, which chronicled a girl’s vapid obsession with, uh, shoes.

Then came along 3OH!3’s album Want in 2008. “Don’t Trust Me” was the biggest dating parody song that year. It was my first year of college, and I remember it blasting in every single house party, every single dorm room, and every single campus event. “Don’t Trust Me” was about not being able to trust a “ho.” It basically objectified under-age women in bars, telling them to “shush, girl” and “do the Helen Keller and talk with your hips.”

Around the same time, LMFAO became a thing, with songs like “I’m in Miami, Trick,” and “I am not a Whore” which are all about getting in on with girls because the guys in LMFAO are so irresistible.

These songs were all super popular and almost everyone, at one point at least, thought they were super hilarious. So does “#SELFIE” fall into the same category as those songs? “#SELFIE” basically mocks the way girls talk to each other in private, because all we do is talk about boys, which filter we should use on Instagram and how other girls are “ratchet.” It’s all pretty mean-spirited, but are all parodies not? Have I taken selfies with my girlfriends when we’re out? Yes. Have I over-analyzed a guy’s phone behavior with another friend? Yup. I’ve done almost everything on “#SELFIE.” So why am I so turned off and conflicted about this freaking song?

Maybe we’re not willing to fully get on board with the selfie song because it condenses a typical girl’s night out into a single electro track which stereotypes females and makes them seem dumb and superficial.  Also, it’s a song written by The Chainsmokers, a duo that consists of two guys named Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall.  While I don’t think “#SELFIE”’s text is anti-female per se, it’s certainly derogatory and kind of mean, even if The Chainsmokers are just making fun of our generation.

Ultimately, I’m going to be on the fence about this song for the three months it’s popular. It’s catchy, but it solely relies on making fun of girls; I can’t support that. If you’re going to generalize an entire generation, don’t just use one gender and one type of person to do that. Plus, it’s been so done before.

How do you guys feel about “#SELFIE”? 

Featured image via YouTube

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  1. I find it more upsetting that there are women out there presenting themselves this way 100% of the time.

    I’m not upset that the song makes fun of that type of girl. I’m upset that that type of girl acts that way in public.

  2. and voilà, there is already a male version of this song: http://9gag.tv/p/KjjW8/dickpic-selfie-music-video-parody-the-chainsmokers

    if they can make fun of themselves, then why can’t we?

  3. personally I feel like some people are taking this way too seriously… yes, it makes fun of girls who do those things. however, it does not at any point insinuate that this is all we girls do. besides, there are selfies from guys in the video as well. I think selfies are kind of ridiculous too… even though my profile picture on facebook is a selfie. so I just make a fool out of myself about it. loosen up :)

  4. Totally agree with all of this. I’m tired of “comedic” pop songs relying on making fun of women and girls in order to deliver the punchline; it’s gross and generally not very funny to begin with. As much as I find “What Does the Fox Say?” annoying at least it comes across as funny without needing to ridicule women.