JT’s “Take Back the Night” Is 10x Rape-ier Than RT’s “Blurred Lines”

July 19, 2013

Hello, all.

It’s Friday. It’s also hotter and moister than an ogre’s armpit outside. OH GOD! WHAT DID WE DO?! Oh… a lot of things. Yeah, humanity hasn’t been the best as of late. I guess we’ll just continue to fry in this E-Z Bake Oven like Summer we’re living in right now.

So, rape. It’s not good.

I heard Justin Timberlake’s new song last week. You know the one that shares the same name as arguably the most famous anti-rape organization in these United States. You know that song that is a very stereotypical song where the falsetto singer is telling the girl he knows how much she wants it even if she isn’t expressly saying that and it also shares the same four words that have become uniformly synonymous with anti-rape. You know what I’m talking about? Because … DOUCHE CHILLS!

WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON WITH JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE?!

Seriously! SERIOUSLY?! SERIOUSLY!!!!

I read that Timberlake said he had never heard of “Take Back the Night” as in the anti-rape org that dates back to before Justin Timberlake existing on this planet. That’s a complete lie. I don’t buy that JT never heard of “Take Back the Night”. I’m not saying I think JT is a bad guy, but I also think that he just didn’t think about how this could be a HUGE deal or should be a HUGE deal, but as the people from “Take Back the Night” admitted – they’re not going to spend their money to sue a multi-million dollar recording artist for taking the name of their organization that has tried desperately since 1973 to try and make a dent against arguably the most heinous and despicable act a man could commit against a woman and then a former Mickey Mouse Club member fucking trivializes the shit out of that and turns it into the title and chorus of a pop song about fucking some chick he meets at a club.

Uhhhhhhh… SERIOUSLY?!

I know people are all fucking butt fucking in love with Justin Timberlake nowadays because he’s funny on SNL or he’s good buds with Jimmy Fallon or cause he seems swell, but DUDE WHAT THE JT FUCK?!

And let’s say that JT is completely ignorant of “Take Back the Night”. Let’s say that. Are we also saying that no one and I mean NO ONE in JT’s inner-circle or outer-circle or a fucking lawyer or executive at the record label didn’t fucking notice that the single about banging a chick at a club and is talking about him knowing she’s wanting it and so on is also the name of a fucking motherfucking ANTI-RAPE CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION THAT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR 40 FUCKING YEARS! IT’S ACTUALLY THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THIS FUCKING ORGANIZATION TOO!

People flip the fuck out about shit that celebrities do, but why isn’t anyone saying anything about JT needing to donate all proceeds from this song “Take Back the Night” to the organization “Take Back the Night”? C’mon, you curly haired fuck!

Seriously? Fucking Jessica Biel has never heard of “Take Back the Night” too? He’s from fucking Tennessee and she’s from Minnesota. They’re 1 and 2 years older than me. There were “Take Back the Night” rallies every year that I know of. I remember seeing posters and there being those late night marches and so on and so forth. Plus, it’s just something you fucking know about.

Anyway… let’s get to the song.

I had heard people saying that they thought Robin Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines” was kind of rape-y. And it was. But I’ll tell you one thing, it wasn’t titled after a fucking anti-rape organization like this piece of shit song. As for the lyrics, just as rape-y AND the whole thing where it is more or less trivializing one of the most prominent anti-rape organizations the world over.

Oh, I’m sure that the lyrics aren’t that bad … oh yeah, especially with it being called “Take Back the Night”. 10 times out of 10 these songs where a guy is eying up girls at a club and saying how much they want it just by the way they look seems pretty rape-y. But 9 times out of 10 the title of the song is usually something innocuous like “Blurred Lines” instead of let’s say “Take Back the Night” where it seems like JT is fully motherfucking mocking anti-rape movements while he sounds super fucking rape-y.

Maybe I’m wrong. Let’s see if the lyrics are as bad as I think…

Yeah, uh, feels good, don’t it?
Listen, uh

Great start.

Great non-rape-y start. Am I right?

[Verse 1]
Yeah, this was your city
You did it all and more, broke every law except for one, babe
Attraction, are you ready
I know you feel it
Pull you nearer ’til you feel it again, oh

He’s found himself a ‘bad girl’ that he thinks is hot and he’s holding her against himself so she can feel his dick through his pants.

Totally not rape-y.

[Bridge]
I wanna do something right
But we can do something better
Ain’t no time like tonight
And we ain’t trying to save it ’til later
Stay out here living the life
Nobody cares who we are tomorrow
You got that lil’ something I like
A little something I’ve been wanting to borrow

Ugh.

Am I the only one thinking it sounds like he’s going to rape this girl?

He’s planning on doing something that isn’t right tonight to her because he’s not thinking about tomorrow and he likes what he sees from he and he wants to ‘borrow’ it. Right?

We certainly have not been told about her thoughts on the matter. We’ve certainly heard a lot from him saying he wants to do something to her with or without a thought about what she wants because he just wants it so bad and he doesn’t care what that means to the rest of his life.

Tonight the night’s, come on surrender
I won’t lead your love astray, astray, yeah
Your love’s a weapon
Give your body some direction
That’s my aim
Then, we could

Errrr… mah… gerrd.

Tonight is the night, so just come on and surrender. Surrender. SURRENDER.

He’s going to give her body some direction. After she “surrenders”.

SURRENDERS!

Also, the talk about a “weapon” is not helping anyone.

[Chorus]
Take back the night
Come on, use me up until there’s nothing left
Take back the night
Dizzy, spinning, sweating, you can’t catch your breath
Take back the night
Ooh, don’t know when the sun is rising next
Take back the night
So if the feeling’s right, then raise your glass and let’s

Use me up until there’s nothing left?

Dizzy, spinning, sweating, you can’t catch your breath?

Using up a “dizzy, spinning, sweating, can’t catch your breath” girl.

Sounds like a drugged/drunk chick getting date raped, right? Seriously? I’m the only one thinking this is super rape-y sounding.

[Post-Chorus]
Take back the night, take back the night
They gon’ try to shut us down, I’ll be damned if we gon’ let them
Take back the night, take back the night
You know you gon’ mess around and find out there ain’t no one better

People are going to try and stop him – why would someone try to stop him if it was consensual – and he’s not going to let them. And he’s going to mess around with her to show her that there isn’t anyone better. Also, super rape-y.

Take back the night, oh
Yeah

[Verse 2]
Rare, there’s not too many
No one but you and crowded rooms, we can do anything (yeah)
Attraction can drive you crazy
The way you move, you go crazy, that’s incentive for me

Uhhhh… do I even need to say anything for this set?

Seriously, he is saying that he can do anything and no one will notice, he’s watching her, and that’s driving him crazy, and that’s enough ‘incentive’ for me. Her dancing and how she looks is enough incentive for a ‘crazy’ man to do whatever he wants to a girl without a mention of her thoughts on the matter and that no one will be able to stop him.

[Bridge]
I wanna do something right
But we can do something better
Ain’t no time like tonight
And we ain’t trying to save it ’til later
Stay out here living the life
Nobody cares who we are tomorrow
You got that lil’ something I like
A little something I’ve been wanting to borrow

Tonight the night’s, come on surrender
I won’t lead your love astray, astray, yeah
Your love’s a weapon
Give your body some direction
That’s my aim
Then, we could

[Chorus]
Take back the night
Come on, use me up until there’s nothing left
Take back the night
Dizzy, spinning, sweating, you can’t catch your breath
Take back the night
Ooh, don’t know when the sun is rising next
Take back the night
So if the feeling’s right, then raise your glass and let’s

[Post-Chorus]
Take back the night, take back the night
They gon’ try to shut us down, I’ll be damned if we gon’ let them
Take back the night, take back the night
You know you gon’ mess around and find out there ain’t no one better

Yeah, so there’s all that rape-y-ness again.

[Middle 8]
And the horns say, alright
And the horns say, alright
Uh, ooh, and the horns say, alright
And the horns say
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Take it over
Yeah, yeah

This is fucking stupid. Not rape-y, but stupid. Just stupid.

Stupid.

Timbaland:
Y’all ready to have a good time out there, ladies and gentlemen?

Take back the night, take back the night…

[Chorus]
Take back the night
Come on, use me up until there’s nothing left
Take back the night
Dizzy, spinning, sweating, you can’t catch your breath
Take back the night
Ooh, don’t know when the sun is rising next
Take back the night
So if the feeling’s right, then raise your glass and let’s
Take back the night

So, there’s that.

Timbaland never heard of “Take Back the Night”? Dude is 41 and from Virginia and he’s never heard of “Take Back the Night”? Ridiculous.

I hope someone whose opinion matters gets Justin Timberlake to admit what a terrible song this is as a song and as a slap in the face to this organization and gets him to fork over money he made on another rape-y women as fuckholes pop song. But whatever, that won’t happen. I can have dreams though.

I hope you have a good weekend.

I love you?

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One Response to “JT’s “Take Back the Night” Is 10x Rape-ier Than RT’s “Blurred Lines””

  1. tiffanized said

    I’m glad you are adamantly anti-rape. I’m guessing most people aren’t adamantly pro-rape but a lot of people are silent about it which is a weird sort of complicity which allows them to decide after rape happens whether they think it was bad enough or not. Justin Timberlake not knowing about Take Back the Night is the very definition of privilege. I think it’s probably more like they knew but didn’t think the org was important enough to change the name of the song for. Privilege. Glad it backfired and hope JT pays through the nose straight into the charity coffers.

    Similarly but not quite as rapey, we should also have some rage for the new One Direction song which opens exactly like The Who’s “Baba O’Riley”, aka the teenage wasteland song, and the producer is just acting like its a fucking coincidence. I’ll give the band members a pass because they are very young and very controlled but I can’t give the adults a pass. LIKE NO ONE WHO HEARD THE SONG AT THE GODDAM RECORDING STUDIO, COMPANY, THEIR PARENTS, OR SIMON COWELL HEARD THE SONG AND DIDN’T IMMEDIATELY SAY “THAT SOUNDS EXACTLY LIKE BABA O’RILEY”. It really is stirring up my shit today.

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