With the release of his new album, I became a fan of Justin Timberlake. I loved the suave vibe of the album and thought the music video “Mirrors” was great. What’s not great is Timberlake’s newest music video “Tunnel Vision.” The music video has quite an interesting view to say the least.
To start off, this music video comes with a warning that it is explicit. When I saw the warning I thought “it’s probably just for effect.” But no. It’s definitely there for a reason — that reason being bare chested, thong clad models.
I am not going to lie but I am less than thrilled by this video. While I can see how some Justin fans would enjoy the seven minutes of models dancing around with some cheap looking lighting effects, I can’t say I do. Call me a prude but I’m not a fan of music videos resembling a strip club. It just makes me feel uncomfortable and I don’t think it’s appropriate.
Now I can see how Timberlake might have been aiming for n artistic representation of his song “Tunnel Vision” by using pratically naked women to show the concept of “I only got eyes for you” — but I think he misses his mark. It just feels like a ploy to attract more male fans or — gasp — top competing artist Robin Thicke’s music video for “Blurred Lines” (which came out in March of this year). I hadn’t seen the music video before looking up reviews for “Tunnel Vision,” but I see why numerous critics compared the two recent music videos (similar singers are surrounded by dancing models with their racks on display).
As much as I’m not crazy about both videos, I’ll give Thicke props for having two versions of his video (one with the models dressed) and the humorous moments throughout (want to distract Pharrel from a naked lady? Give him a goat.) Timberlake’s video on the other hand is all seriousness which makes the long video dull to watch. Even though the video has gaggles of racks, Timberlake croons “I only see you.” Let’s make sure we remember “you” can be used plurally sometimes. But hey, at least Timberlake’s song itself isn’t only about getting into a “good girl’s” pants. I mean really, can you imagine what girl wouldn’t be flattered to T.I. serenading her by calling her a “bitch” over and over again and telling her “I’ll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two”? Wow. And people say chivalry is dead!
Lovelies, not to go ultra-feminist on you but what the heck. I understand music and videos can be a little dirty (for example, “Sexy Back” was just the right amount of risqué and hot), but enough is enough. Years ago, I used to say that rap was too vulgar for my taste because I didn’t like how many artists objectified women. But objectifying women is just everywhere in music now. Seriously, even Thicke’s newest song (which is dub step for some reason) he “has a big dick for ya… I wanna give it to ya.”
While it can be argued that “whatever it’s just catchy music and cool videos,” it’s really not just that. It’s a cultural thing. I’m convinced chivalry really is dead. I’m all for women being equal to men in the workplace, but come on guys. If a girl is the hottest thing ever, sure say that, if you’d like to get it on with her, it’s not necessary to be so explicit in how exactly things need to happen. Some things are better left to the imagination.
Also here’s a reality check — I’m a young woman, I have long legs, a butt, a chest and one more shocking thing: a brain. It lets me remember that any guy who talks about women anything other than appropriately is a pig. Now that’s a way to even make the most attractive guy cringe inducing.
Check out Justin Timberlake’s “Tunnel Vision” here.
Check out the explicit version of “Blurred Lines” here.
Lovelies, what do you think of Justin Timberlake’s new video? Love it or hate it?