If I have to listen to Selena Gomez’ song “Who Says” one more time my ear holes will start bleeding. In case you haven’t turned your radio on sometime within the last 6 months, this is one of the FOUR songs that the teeny-bopper stations are playing on repeat. Look, I have nothing against Selena. I’m sure someone else wrote those lyrics, and a third party put her up to that song–I mean, the girl’s dating Bieber; she doesn’t have time to write lyrics with all the hairstyling she must be doing for him.
*if you haven’t noticed yet, I coated this entire post with my most pure form of rage. I tried to bridle it in a few places, but I mostly just de-capitalized sentences. Just wanted you to be prepared.
This song is just one example from the playlist entitled, “songs that make my organs twitch in disgust.” So I’ve compiled a list…explaining why I hate the song
1. I don’t hate the first few lines to this song. Really, it’s well intentioned: overcome insecurity…people will put you down…but they’re just mean. Ok, good. Sure. BUT the chorus it terrible and it’s living like freaking parasite in my brain. Ugh.
“Who says you’re not perfect
Who says you’re not worth it
Who says you’re the only one that’s hurting”
OK Selena–here’s where we have issues. Why is PERFECTION the answer to insecurity? Why? don’t be insecure when people make fun of you because you’re perfect and therefore they’re wrong. These are just bad lyrics. Find a better word.
2. “Trust me
That’s the price of beauty
Who says you’re not pretty
Who says you’re not beautiful
Also, when bolstering a self-confidence, why is it that everyone turns to “no, really, you’re PRETTY.” Beauty is the one thing that people sing about today as if it were some golden fucking key to happiness and the land of marshmellows and rainbows. Why is it that there are no songs on the radio where the listener is smart/witty/creative/caring/athletic/confident? This song is all about: really, you’re pretty, I swear you are. Guess what! Not. everyone. is. beautiful. Yes Selena, you’re right, perfection and beauty are the two components that prove you are “worth it!” Ahh why didn’t I see it before…
3. “I’m no beauty queen I’m just beautiful me” Really Selena? Let’s take a look at that music video…you’re not pretty? Really Selena? Actually, I’d say you’re awkward stage has been pretty graceful thus far. Stop denying that you’re beautiful, but insisting that everyone else is drop dead gorgeous! It’s just obnoxious
4. “I’m no beauty queen I’m just beautiful me” (same line). Let’s imagine for a second the whole song is a METAPHOR. Beauty doesn’t mean beauty, it means “inner beauty.” Ahhh, Selena now it’s all clear. You get to be our super hero now because you’re teaching us inner beauty is really the key to marshmellow-happiness-cloud-world, correct? That’s why we’re watching you be charming and beautiful on the big screen. That’s why this song is about “you’re beautiful you’re perfect you’re gorgeous OMGOMGOMG.” Because really it’s NOT about beauty.
5. Now I may have been seething hate throughout this entire post, but I have a serious point here. We’re obsessed with beauty. It sounds trite, but I hate it that diverse identities get compressed into a beauty scale. All my friends are giving, caring, and patient. I don’t know how they do it. Why is it that when I turn on the radio there isn’t a song about the best friend who’s always been there for you? Dear pop culture, you need to get less shallow or find more interesting friends!