Random Thoughts from Satan, #4


The other week I took my cat to the vet. The vet is in the same parking lot as the local Planned Parenthood. In that building there was an alarm going off, some kind of smoke, people standing outside. I wasn’t able to find out what was going on, but it’s a safe guess. Jesus terrorists can fuck off.

Yesterday I took my cat back, but this time had to take a cab. At the vet some people had a large cage which took two to carry. Inside were a dozen pit bull puppies. They didn’t look like bodies for the fight ring – they were clean and no doubt there to get vaccinations and such. But there is not enough dog love in this country to take care of the dogs we have, and the thought of a dozen more pit bulls just bummed my shit out.

On the way back in the taxi, the dude driving switched from his culture’s music to some American pop station. It was playing a Meghan Trainor song. I might not have recognized the Eastern music influence if not for the juxtaposition there in the cab. Still, it was definitely there. Some vocal flourishes and other elements intentionally evoking Bollywood styles. Then the song reached a place in the chorus where she said something about being “untouchable” and dwelled on it for too many seconds.

Now is it just me, or is that hella tacky and fucked up? Taking a serious cultural issue from another country and reducing it to a hook in your song about being independent women or whatever. He wasn’t bothered, but then, he might not understand the lyrics at all. Anyway. Things are things.

Comments

  1. Great American Satan says

    Shucks howdy, I never thunk of it that way. Maybe my soul can be saved after all. >_<

  2. Numenaster says

    In answer to your question, yes it’s hella tacky. Being an actual untouchable in the country where the concept originates means having a shitty life which can be cut short by members of other castes without much likelihood of punishment, even today. Proclaiming yourself an independent woman means sweet f-all if you’re still immersed in a society which ignores your proclamation. It’s cultural appropriation for a white western woman to claim that label in a song.

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