I’m really liking this new video by Lupe. It’s started a bit of controversy due to a character in the video with a pink wig. I didn’t get any sense that he was making connections between the antagonist and a famous pink haired hip hop princess whatsoever. In fact, the idea that he might be drawing connections to any person in particular completely escaped my mind.
I think the video speaks for itself and it follows the lyrics perfectly, discussing how a “just a word” can influence and distort one’s perception of self and/or others.
I think this song and video is worth discussing. I personally believe that although words are “just words”, they hold feelings and various interpretations despite original intention. I like to think liberally – that people should express themselves however they see fit as long as it doesn’t hurt others, but sometimes expressing yourself can indirectly negatively influence others. Its always important to be careful what you say and how you say it, especially when very young people are in the equation. In general, it’s important to think about everything we do and how it impacts the world…ie: littering, etc.
I think the point is, just because we are free to do as we please…we must always consider how the world will interpret it. As much as it may not be our problem, it actually is. It effects others…whether its your fanbase or your child at home.
What do you guys think of the video?
What are your views on the word “BITCH” or other words that hold negative connotations?