Pop Audience expectations – “No, you can’t put your fingers there!”

*Trigger Warning* the article and video in the link below have descriptions of sexual assault

I just came across this piece about why Iggy Azalea no longer crowd surfs during concerts. While we talk about bringing in newer and younger audiences into Classical Music and how the field needs to change to reflect a changing world, I doubt (or would like to think) that those pundits and advocates intend for these types of activities to be included.

Iggy Azalea Stopped Crowd Surfing Because ‘People Try To Finger’ Her

Iggy Azalea in her video for "Bounce"
Iggy Azalea in her video for “Bounce”

I wish things like this were isolated events but I’ve long discussed the subtle (and not so subtle) sexism that is a part of the Pop Music culture and wider culture on this blog. And this is not to say there aren’t problematic things about her music when it comes to issues of race–take this video for “Bounce,” for example.

On another (but related) note, this recent video advertisement for women’s underwear by Fruit of the Loom features a woman conductor.  Kudos for putting a women in the position of power, but could that have happened without putting her there in underwear?  I have to ask if there’s a complementary video of a male conductor in underwear and if not, then maybe we should ask why not (I must admit that Norman Lebrecht also asks this question)?

As with the Dvořák Twerking video I suspect the Sexual objectification
of women, and race friction is alive and well in pop music (and thus the wider) culture.

 

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