Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Call me, maybe.

While on a short drive with my dad, his favorite Spanish station started discussing the song "Call Me, Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen.  Never did I know such a perky little song would ignite such controversy!

Here we have two DJs and two opinions. 

The male DJ was saying that the song helped promote promiscuity, the female DJ was saying "you all are whack, it's just a song."

Crazy Obsessed Girlfriend Meme :)

The male DJ then started saying that little girls are sluts now a days, and they shouldn't be encouraged to talk to boys because it increases their slut-ness.  He also said that girls are born sluts...and songs like Call Me Maybe just prove it.  He kept referring to teenage girls as "zorras," which if you click the link, shows that it is a Spanish slang terms for "bitch, hooker, prostitute..." etc.

The male DJ was pissing me off, needless to say.
Who is he to call little girls sluts!

Mr. Racoon, go bit the male DJ!

So then they started taking opinions from callers...perhaps the most idiotic radio callers i have ever heard. 

One of them called to say that she wants Call Me, Maybe OFF THE AIR all over the world because it is making little girls turn into prostitutes.  She claimed that the song was making it seem that girls could just march up to a guy and give out their number so that the boys can call them for sex later. 

Not that the could call them to talk, or go on a date.  Nope. Just sex.

She also said that girls should be taught to not talk to boys until the boy approaches her and only boys should give out numbers or ask for phone numbers.  because girls that take that step first are totally asking to prostitute themselves.  Clearly.

My dad just laughed saying the lady sounded ridiculous.

So then the female DJ piped in and said to the caller and the male DJ that the song does not promote prostitution, that is is just a song.  That parents are the ones who should be responsible enough to teach their kids right from wrong, and teach the kids that songs are just entertainment.  What a sane response!

The male DJ in turn told her "you're out of your mind, this music is bad for kids!"

THEN WHY ARE YOU A DJ, SIR?!  you hate the song, you hate the music industry, get out of it!

Maeby Funke judges you, male DJ.
My thoughts:
This station has no problem playing songs from the male point of view about girls.  Girls with a booty that don't quit, girls and their breasts, girls and their lips, etc.  But there is never any outcry from the DJs or the community about these songs because it is expected for males to want women.
No one will complain about the male songs. Ever.

Call Me, Maybe is about a girl stepping up and saying "hey, i think you're interesting, let's get to know each other" and taking her fate into her own hands.  Girl power, right?!  Don't be the girl waiting in the shadows! No more wallflowers!

In the Mexican community, I know that female empowerment is still a rouge thing. A lot of conservative thoughts, apparently.  As a Mexican-American woman myself who is very much a liberal, I get funny stares and comments when Mexican males learn that I own my own business, or that I pay for myself, etc.

These callers voicing their opinions have this mentality that girls are delicate, slut-born flowers that need to wait to be courted.
To them, it is hard to even fathom a girl making the first move. Any girl who does MUST be a slut in their eyes!

I don't know what it will take to make those people realize that Call Me, Maybe playing on their daughter's iPod will not make them drop their panties for any boy that comes along. 
I would be more worried about their daughter's friends, activities, weekend plans, and what they hear parents saying at home.  Those four things would be the major influential  factors that decide what those girls do. Not the music they listen to.

Unless they listen to Nicki Minaj.  That's a whole other story.


  1. love the arrested development meme

  2. I laughed out loud at the dwight and arrested development references :D

  3. It's crazy that people would think this about that song! I mean, of ALL the songs out there, this is the one that promotes promiscuity? I can think of a dozen songs that are worse than that right off the bat. Like the Birthday Sex song or Whistle by Flo Rida . . . and yet Call Me Maybe is a dirty song? Man, seems crazy.


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