Music

Decoding Katy Perry’s Ill-Phrased Tweet about Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj

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Katy Perry has weighed in on the debate sparked by Taylor Swift’s defensive, tone-deaf exchange with Nicki Minaj, who at the time was calling out pop music’s racial bias in light of yesterday’s VMA nominations. Unfortunately, Perry’s tweet is confusing to read, due to its lack of punctuation and awkward phrasing. Shade can only be as effective as its syntax, after all.
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Flavorwire Premiere: Slim Twig’s “Slippin’ Slidin'” Video Confronts the Power Dynamics of Sexual Objectification

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Slim Twig’s “Slippin’ Slidin’” is, by his own estimations, a “cock rock analogue to Kanye West’s similarly phallic ‘On Sight.’” Like Yeezus, the Toronto psych experimenter’s forthcoming fifth LP Thank You For Stickin’ With Twig begins with this sonically menacing bit of swagger. But translating that attitude visually took “Slippin’ Slidin’,” an ambiguous take on sexual politics, to an uncomfortable place that leaves viewers with more questions than answers:  “Are we owned in some sense by those that take pleasure from our bodies? Are we equal to, or submissive of someone while we objectify them, or are objectified ourselves? Is it possible that liberation may in some instances be a consequence of being objectified?”
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