Is it just me or is everyone singing naked? And by everyone I mean a good majority of female artists. Last night I was watching this music show. When it started the first song that was played was Beyoncé’s partition, which is overtly sexualized. As in most of her recent releases, she was wearing well, close to nothing.
And as I watched the rest of the partition video I almost vindicated Miley. She’s a young woman. Still trying to discover who she really is and we’re in the ‘sex sells’ era. How will she not do what she’s doing, when everyone else seems to be doing the same, only that she has taken her provocative performance a notch higher?
Rihanna’s pour it up was played next. Scantily dressed and twerking, I understood why poor Miley seems to think only provocative moves will win her the numbers; gain fame. Who wouldn’t anyway? Sex is really selling. Coincidentally, Miley Cyrus’ collabo with Mike Will made it, Whizz Khalifa and Juicy J., 23 was next. In the video she’s in a red Chicago bulls’ bikini; and this is Miley we’re talking about so it’s kinda obvious what her performance entails: infamous foam finger, signature tongue move…
Lady Gaga’s applause succeeded Miley’s. Of course, this being Lady Gaga, her outfits in the song were kept to a bare minimum. Shakira and Rihanna’s duet, can’t remember to forget you came right after. The two dance seductively, grinding, with Shakira dressed in a revealing red dress and Rihanna in a black; two hot colours in their sexy video. In the video still, the two are in black body suits and high heels, lying down, caressing each other, and in a different scene they appear to cuddle while naked.
With all that heaping bowl of nudity, Miley’s adore you was the cherry on top. God, I miss the days when she used to wear proper clothes; when her name wasn’t synonymous with nudity, twerking, and all that ugly stuff. I didn’t watch the show long enough to know what song would be played next. I’m thinking guys appreciate that stuff, but in my case, it felt too much.
The songs took me back in time, when people used to sing clothed. Growing up I loved destiny’s child. I loved how Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle co-ordinated their outfits. And while in my teens, I enjoyed listening to Rihanna’s pon de replay and if it’s loving that you want, which were her first songs. I started losing touch when she released her good girl gone bad album, with songs like disturbia.
Lady Gaga’s the only artist from the above list I don’t remember seeing fully dressed in her music videos. After releasing let’s dance and poker face, I heard rumours that she had said she preferred being scantily dressed because her grandmother, who is partially blind, sees her better when she’s naked. I don’t know how true that is.
Then there’s the Latina goddess, Shakira. I have a huge collection of her Spanish and English songs, which I consider sexy but still decent, compared to her latest collabo with Rihanna. And Miley, where do I begin? When I first listened to the climb, I instantly fell in love with it. I watched it after watching her movie, the last song, which I didn’t find so intriguing, but the song itself reeled me in. It was/still is a very uplifting song. Who would’ve thought some years down the line she would earn herself the title, ‘the controversial singer’ because of her risqué performances?
What happened to people actually dressing up? Not in thongs, bikinis, body suits or lingerie, but actual clothes. What became of those songs one wouldn’t cringe or fight the urge to run when they’re played in the presence of one’s parents, or underage kids? It’s true that sex sells, but at this point I feel this nudity thing has been blown out of all epic proportions. Funny thing is, all these are artists I really love (d).