Should music videos be made to carry “age advisory” warnings as new campaign group Rewind and Reframe thinks? And / or should women be free to take their clothes off in public as Miley Cyrus thinks? The debate rages on, not least in the Houses of Parliament and on R1’s Newsbeat…
Last Monday a new campaign launched called “Rewind and Reframe”. They hope to raise awareness through education and lobbying about that most thorny of “issues of the moment” in pop music, overtly raunchy, often sexist and occasionally racist videos. Their ultimate goal is to bring the cause to such prominence that the government will eventually decree that an age advisory system for online videos is essential.
At a parliamentary event last Monday chaired by MP Kerry McCarthy (whose Louder Than War author’s archive can be found here) the campaign leaders invited “young people” along to discuss videos by artists such as Rihanna, Robin Thicke and, of course, Miley Cyrus, and in particular to focus on the fact that they are, in the campaigner’s opinions, harmful and that they affect people’s perceptions and thoughts of other people. In other words, they’re frustrated that so many people are dismissing these videos with an “oh it doesn’t matter, it’s just a music video”.
The day after the debate R1’s Newsbeat team, during and interview with Ms. Cyrus, brought up the fact that her videos had been discussed in the Houses of Parliament and asked her to comment. The conversation went as follows:
Interviewer: Last night at the Houses of Parliament there was actually a conversation about the kind of music videos that you make and the kind that Robin Thicke makes, Blurred Lines. They basically want to rate videos to address what they call, undermining women. How would that make you feel?
Miley Cyrus: I feel like I’m one of the biggest feminists, I mean, in the world because I tell women to not be scared of anything. Why, because they’re naked? I mean those girls are beautiful. Any girl that wants to be naked. For me, it’s not even that I’m a feminist. I’m for anybody, I’m for everybody, for anything.
So there we go, two sides of the same story, the one that says women should be allowed to “take their clothes off if they want” and the other that says they should be stopped from increasing the likelihood that women will being objectified.
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For more information about this check out the Guardian’s most recent media podcast which can be found (and subscribed to) here. They start talking about this issue at around 15 mins and it was used quite extensively in the compiling of this blog!