Sometimes, the best way to see misogyny and racism is through the satirical lens of homoerotic humor. Yes, really.
Not gonna lie here, I love Seth Rogen. I’d happily spend a day inserting any vaguely salacious metaphorical humor you can think of, with him. But I love him even more when he and James Franco team up to show us exactly how ridiculous – and racist and misogynist – Kanye West’s latest ode to his own penis is.
In their brilliant frame-by-frame remake of Kanye’s video for Bound 2, they shine a light on just how cringe-worthy the lyrics and imagery are. I could go on and on about how vile the lyrics for this song are, but somehow, seeing James Franco say “when a real nigga hold you down, you supposed to drown” just does it better than I ever could.
As a woman, I want to say “thank you.” But, as a human, I want to celebrate this use of humor to highlight what I still see as a real problem. The incredibly vile, violent and demeaning lyrics and imagery in so much pop music still hold this behavior up as being somehow part and parcel of being a “real man,” and “successful.” It is shameful, at best.
But so hard to talk about. Women get accused of being angry, people get accused of being racist. I’m not even sure how we’re supposed to talk about it. But Seth Rogen and James Franco did a brilliant job of opening this up in a different way.
I’m so in love with this I’m not afraid to say that I literally peed my pants laughing. For real. (Well, footie jammies, really.) And no, I’m not afraid to been seen as mocking Kanye and Kim and this sort of thing, because honestly, that might be the best way to put an end to it. I would love to see us, as a society, stop rewarding the behavior of guys who try to emulate Kanye and his ilk, and start rewarding the guys who emulate Seth Rogen, by standing up to injustice in whatever way they can. But, ya, the guys who use humor will always have the shortcut to my heart.