Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Physically Beautiful Beyoncé Fails to Gain Meaning With “Pretty Hurts” Music Video

I got a request to write about Beyonce’s music video for “Pretty Hurts.” So here goes…

Set apart, the lyrics and tune and tone to “Pretty Hurts” all rightfully chide society for putting the focus on physical ideals. The chorus goes:

            Pretty hurts
            Shine the light on whatever’s worse
            Perfection is the disease of a nation
            Pretty hurts
            Shine the light on whatever’s worse
            Tryna fix something
            But you can’t fix what you can’t see
            It’s the soul that needs the surgery

Great message, right?

Yet in typical Beyoncé style, she ruins it in her music video by spreading her legs, pushing up her breasts in revealing tops to feature extensive lines of cleavage, and even crawling on the floor at one point. Basically, as she does with the topics of love and intimacy, she debases the idea of women empowerment with her signature brand of cheap sexuality.

Watching that sad display of a music video, I found myself recalling Colbie Caillat’s “Try.”

Set apart, the lyrics and tune and tone all rightfully tell girls that they’re beautiful in and of themselves. The chorus goes:

            You don’t have to try so hard
            You don’t have to give it all away
            You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
            You don’t have to change a single thing

Great message, right?

And in typical Colby Caillat style, she aims for that message to retain the spotlight, not her body.
So the accompanying music video features girls and women of all ages, including one with cancer, some with wrinkles, one with tattoos and two who are chubby.

It might not be original, it might not be flashy, it might not be sexy, but the resulting images are exactly what impressionable females need to hear: That they don’t need to “Try” so hard to conform to the kind of unrealistic standards of sexuality that people like Beyoncé promote.

Colby Caillat might not be anywhere near as physically beautiful as Beyoncé. But if their music videos are any indication, Colby’s got a lot more going for her in every way that actually matters.

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