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.
They were angry about it.
They were very thoughtful.
They blamed America.
They thought it was unoriginal.
And some people were just really excited about Damon AKA Ian Somerhalder’s selfie.
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”?
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