The music video is very basic but also very effective. A young woman gets out of a car in the middle of Paris, strips naked, and walks down rue Montorgueil – a trendy street in the 2nd arrondissement (in the Châtelet-Les Halles district) of Paris – brandishing a kiddie radio on her shoulder and lipsynching to the song. One third into the song she is relieved by a second woman, and another woman takes care of the last third of the song, ending by standing defiantly at the intersection at the end of the street.
The video is filmed in true guerilla style from the back of a slowly driving car, almost certainly without any proper permits. All the way through the video the intimate parts of the women are covered with censor bars (remind you of anything? ;) onto which the lyrics to the song are set in a distressed typewriter face. At first I thought it may have been the seminal FF Trixie, but Erik van Blokland confirmed it is one of the countless copycats.
Contrary to the aforementioned vintage 70s and 80s porn logos post on The Fontfeed this one has nothing to do with porn movies. In my opinion you could categorise it as performance art. By putting naked people in an unexpected but familiar environment people's regular lives are gently disrupted by a surprising element. This is by the way what makes this video so appealing – observing the reactions of the bystanders as they notice the women walking by.
Why naked women and not men? Possibly because women’s bodies are generally experienced as more graceful than men’s, and women’s genitalia are less confrontational than men’s. And men are more likely to actively watch naked women than the other way around. I think, because I am no anthropologist nor psychologist. Is this video sexist? I don’t think so, but I am no woman so I wouldn’t know for sure. I find it sexually neutral, not really arousing nor taking advantage of the young women to elicit lust. All I can say is that my wife and her friends found it very amusing. Of course this video is rather lightweight, and the tag “performance art” I used earlier may be undeserved. The song is very catchy, yet one can only wonder if it will outlast the popularity of its music video that attracted around 7 million views to date through different channels.
I wrote that the reactions of the bystanders were so amusing, yet there is one that particularly stands out. At the very beginning the first woman walks by a guy sitting on his scooter. He notices the naked woman and is very quick to start following her.
You see the naughty little pervert appear a total of four times in the video, driving by on his scooter to his next point of view. At first I thought it may be back-up, to quickly evacuate the women in case police would show up or other trouble.
Yet the third time you clearly see him standing behind a couple at the side of the road, obviously enjoying the view.
Of course the video has generated a number of spoofs (two that I know of). The first one is a video to the track “Les Frites de Bruxelles” by Belgian artist Edouardo which frankly is far less clever and funny than it aims to be.
The other one however is golden, plus it is very appropriate. The trailer for Guitar Hero 5 – the new version which is available since September 1st – is a hilarious take on the Make The Girl Dance video. See for yourself.
The video may or may not be sexist, but your analysis here: "Possibly because women? bodies are generally experienced as more beautiful than men?s, and women?s genitalia are less confrontational than men?s. And men are more likely to actively watch naked women than the other way around." sure is.
14.09.2009 - 19.17.31
Posted by K.
Well, I'm only repeating the opinion of my wife and some of her female friends, so I guess I have a sexist wife. It's something else for a change. ;)
14.09.2009 - 19.36.03
Posted by Yves Peters a.k.a. Unzipper
BTW I meant to say "graceful" (lousy Dutch translation) so if you don't mind I'll edit that in the post to reflect my thoughts more accurately. Please don't feel as if I'm cheating you.
14.09.2009 - 19.38.44
Posted by Yves Peters a.k.a. Unzipper
I don't think Yves's analysis is sexist at all.
14.09.2009 - 21.12.37
Posted by Dyana
What is remarkable about the clip is that it has been flipped to make all signage more or less unreadable. Makes you wonder why...
Nice song BTW.
A second perv can be seen running along the right side also. Really, this is just shock value usually used by hacks with no talent. Saying, 'Baby Baby' over and over isn't musical genius. 3 naked idiots make the world go crazy?
23.10.2012 - 20.58.36
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