Gotta love the mix of reactions…
Jake - No. I’m tired of this crap, and I have something to say about it, so I’m going to.
Avery - I wouldn’t go that far, but they need to seriously make some changes.
Jasmine, Angel, and Nina - Basically, the entire song is like Romney and the “binders full of women” comment. It plays into the idea of oh-look-at-me-and-how-wonderful-I-am-because-I-still-like-you-even-though-you’re-so-flawed-where’s-my-medal attitude, which in turn creates the expectation that girls (and people in general) should be in relationships with anyone who is willing to tolerate them, not someone who will actually be good for them. It’s masked in the idea of “I love you for your personality,” but the subtext is “there’s all this stuff wrong with you; here, let me point it out.” Considering that their fans are almost universally impressionable teen girls, I wouldn’t want to be sending out the mass message that good relationships are the ones where the boy deigns to be with the girl, not genuinely wants to be. That’s an important distinction. It also plays into the idea that girls should have to be constantly validated through their relationships and that being all of those “little things” they refer to is only acceptable if someone else likes them, not if you like them about yourself. But that’s a deeper issue that’s in many more songs than just theirs.
Johnny - He’s a complete asshole who cheated on and otherwise hurt one of the single most wonderful women on the planet and even after they broke up he still is making snide comments about her, which is really funny because he’s a backup singer in a boy band and she’s one of the greatest new pop/soul artists of the past ten years.
Nick - Yep. Same.

Gotta love the mix of reactions…

  • Jake - No. I’m tired of this crap, and I have something to say about it, so I’m going to.
  • Avery - I wouldn’t go that far, but they need to seriously make some changes.
  • Jasmine, Angel, and Nina - Basically, the entire song is like Romney and the “binders full of women” comment. It plays into the idea of oh-look-at-me-and-how-wonderful-I-am-because-I-still-like-you-even-though-you’re-so-flawed-where’s-my-medal attitude, which in turn creates the expectation that girls (and people in general) should be in relationships with anyone who is willing to tolerate them, not someone who will actually be good for them. It’s masked in the idea of “I love you for your personality,” but the subtext is “there’s all this stuff wrong with you; here, let me point it out.” Considering that their fans are almost universally impressionable teen girls, I wouldn’t want to be sending out the mass message that good relationships are the ones where the boy deigns to be with the girl, not genuinely wants to be. That’s an important distinction. It also plays into the idea that girls should have to be constantly validated through their relationships and that being all of those “little things” they refer to is only acceptable if someone else likes them, not if you like them about yourself. But that’s a deeper issue that’s in many more songs than just theirs.
  • Johnny - He’s a complete asshole who cheated on and otherwise hurt one of the single most wonderful women on the planet and even after they broke up he still is making snide comments about her, which is really funny because he’s a backup singer in a boy band and she’s one of the greatest new pop/soul artists of the past ten years.
  • Nick - Yep. Same.
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