It’s difficult to state a valid opinion when contradiction covers the entirety of a written article. A post that can be read and re-read, scrutinized and judged will always be an embodiment of a precarious piece of writing.
The writer of this particular blog post, Arianna Davis, approaches the task of reviewing Bruno Mars’ album ‘24K Magic’ in an unformal and ultimately too personal manner. In some regards, personalising a review could benefit the relationship between reader and writer, strengthening the connection to allow the reader to understand and accept the writer’s point of view.
Davis begins the review in the style of a conversation, blunt and justifying her love of Mars. This sets the reader up for a positive review, an expectation of all the reasons as to why we should spend our time listening to this album. However, Davis begins to contradict her own opinion of Mars by bringing up the sexist issues he displays in his lyrical content.
“It definitely gave me PTSD to some of the arrogant, cocky guys of my past (and, okay, present) who boast about all the women they have on their never-ending lists as some backward way of communicating to me how lucky I am to get in on their time.” (Davis, 2016)
This statement, and the others made regarding the sexist tracks on Mars’ album, struck a chord with the feminist within me. I can relate to the disgust she shares. Upon listening to the tracks mentioned, which unfortunately she didn’t hyperlink for the readers convenience, I could immediately understand her views in this segment of the review. Although, it was difficult to respect her opinion due to other statements within her writing. It makes sense that not every song written is going to be appreciated, some songs you like, and others you don’t. However, I do not agree that you can blow off the mixed messages that Mars has created in his album. Consistency, I find, is an important ideal to uphold – especially when it concerns equality. It’s only fitting that the review of ‘24K Magic’ is a contradictory piece of writing, because the album itself is just that.
Overall, Davis was an engaging read, for all the wrong reasons. I’m fully supportive of the individual rights and their opinions, however I cannot and will not justify providing support for those who evidentially forgive and forget. The atmosphere of this article was exactly that, and if we don’t confront these issues there will never be any forward motion. The oblivious narrow sight of the general public concerning equality is apparent in the comment section of the YouTube video for ‘Calling all my Lovelies.’ (YouTube.com, 2016) fear that if we turn a blind eye to the disgraceful actions of artists, musicians and celebrities – idols for not only the younger generations but for us all, that there will always be an underlying sexist culture. And that, is not ‘Magic.’
Image sourced from: http://www.idolator.com/7647755/bruno-mars-24k-magic-watch-video-album-cover
Davis, Arianna. “A Feminist Bruno Mars Fan Reviews His New Album.” Refinery29. November 19th 2016. Accessed March 9th 2017. http://www.refinery29.com/2016/11/130421/bruno-mars-24k-magic-album-review
YouTube.com. “Calling All My Lovelies.” YouTube.com. November 17th 2016. Accessed March 9th 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV5fwAiStzo