Anaconda – The Educational Version

Much, much better version from CollegeHumor.

I saw an article talking about how Anaconda was actually Nicki Minaj’s way of demonstrating that she owns her body and her sexuality, that she is not defined by what men think of her, and that scene with Drake was a metaphor for being in charge of her body and having the right to deny a man access to it. Also, she has every right to dress the way she wants to.

It’s all nice and well saying she has a positive message behind the song, but just how true is that? And who takes music videos beyond face value? Will teens, even adults, see Anaconda and think: ‘oh hey, that’s sending out a positive message about women and sexuality’? Will men see beyond her scantily-clad body? Will women see the reactions of men, and subsequently break free of the patriarchal mindset of dressing sexily for men?

I’m sorry, but that deep analysis about Minaj’s intentions with that song and music video? That’s a tough sell. Nicki Minaj, like so many artists before her, have sold albums with sexy covers, sexy songs and sexy videos. Can you honestly look over her career and say that she’s trying to craft a positive image for women? I’m sorry, but that’s one step too far for me to believe.

If she really wanted to promote gender equality, or condemn our sexist, patriarchal society’s obsession with objectifying women and beauty, then she should have done something like Meghan Trainor with All About That Bass. And if her career was more like Adele’s, becoming popular on the basis of her voice (which is a point about singers I think so many of them miss these days…), then I would readily believe she’s trying to do something fruitful with that video.

But she’s not Adele or Meghan Trainor. She’s not even Beyoncé, who can at least claim to have some overtly feminist songs. She’s Nicki Minaj. I think that says it all.

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