Let's all put $ in our name$ like Ke$ha!
So, can I ask what the obsession with Ke$ha is? I only ask, because I too am completely enamored with her while simultaneously holding back the urge to be violently ill. The 'party girl' aesthetic and persona is certainly nothing new. From Paris to Lindsay to every other brand of this celebrity girl whose name is synonymous with blackouts and so-called 'bad behavior" – we've seen/heard/and stomached it all. Yet is there something special about this Nashville-bred DIY artist (I, too, wear cowboy boots and rock gaudy gold when the mood strikes me)? The simple answer is ..
Her lyrics reveal a confidence that, knowingly or not, turns the traditional male-chauvinist, sexist attitude on its head to deploy the same tactics for her own purposes: being the life of the party. Take these lyrics from Blah Blah Blah for example: "I don't really care where you live at/ Just turn around boy and let me hit that/ Don't be a little bitch with your chit chat /Just show me where your dick's at." If these lyrics came from a male artist and replaced boy with girl and dick with some catchy euphemism for vagina, the feminist blogosphere would be over it before the show even began.
So what mitigates against Ke$ha's problematic lyrics and message? Her good looks? The fact that she's an unassuming naive party girl who means no harm in her efforts to get the party started? Her penetrating dance hits? That we want to see independent women who like to hang out in strip clubs who declare that men are as disposable as women have been made out to be? We're down with her re-negotiation of acceptable feminine acts? That as formulaic as it all is there's something so raw and genuine about her? Courtney Love thinks it's something to do with the latter. Taking to her twitter account, Love tweeted: "Sweetheart, you make me go all maternal. I want to save you from the jaws of impermanence and soul death." Talking, of course, not about Ke$ha's current behavior and look, but pondering what will happen to this gem after the industry molds her into a more palatable act. And so the cycle continues...
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