I read some of the comments on the music videos below recently. One of the commenters made a really interesting point, the videos depict a situation
like "The Stepford Wives." I always thought of the videos as just being a beautiful fantasy (I was an adolescent when they were released). I never
asked the question until recently, what's the fantasy being portrayed?
As a commenter pointed out, based on the video, the title of the song "Simply Irresistible" could be changed to "Simply Interchangeable." Again, I'd
find that nightmarish in any other context. But, when you put it in the context that Robert Palmer did, it becomes attractive somehow. Based on the
comments I read, both men and women seem to generally agree on that.
All this reminds me of a quote I heard a Hollywood actor say once, "It's not what you say, it's how you say it." In other words, you can get away with
saying almost anything if it's said in the right context. In this case, "The Stepford Wives" is not put in the light of being a nightmarish scenario
but a sexy fantasy instead. I could understand one buying into that view if they had a weird fetish for it (although I'd say it's a bizarre fetish).
But, somehow Robert Palmer apparently took his bizarre fetish and got most of the world to accept it and agree with him on some level.
Does anyone fully understand the power of media? The more I learn about it, the more unreal it seems.
What bothers me about the music industry (music videos in particular) is the subliminal messaging.
I've got proof of subliminal messages in a music video I found and have been meaning to make a thread about it but can't for the life of me find the
time or know-how to upload all the images and so on..
For those who want to know what it contains, it's mostly "illuminati" imagery, the pyramid with the eye of horus, some images that look like a star
system and other strange occult type things.
The song is called just what I am and the artists name is kid cuddi, he's a hip hop musician who apparently is also pushing an agenda.
a reply to: Profusion
I've always thought that Stepford Wives was a cop-out, from the "horror" point of view.
As the film develops, it looks as though it's about the geunine horror theme of hostile mind control.
"Something is taking people over and turning them into a different kind of person.Could that happen to me?"
But the grand revelation at the end of the film is that they are not being taken over at all. They are being killed and replaced by robots. OK, so
this is a still a crime. But from the wife's viewpoint, being killed and replaced by a robot is not appreciably more horrific than being killed and
replaced by a younger woman.
"Being turned into a robot against your will" is "horror".
"Being killed and replaced" is only crime story/thriller.
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I remember the fuss generated by Palmer's video but I thought the women in the videos were like chorus girls- all dressed alike however the aloof
boredom on their faces gave the impression that they were unattainable. Sort of a "yes I am out of your league and we both know it" expression. I also
saw them as an homage to the artist Patrick Nagel whose prints of fashionable women were everywhere for so many years.
I know this is off topic, but most of today's music "artists" (LOL! Artists ...) don't write their lyrics, and allot of times the beats or music is
created by the same people that do everyone else's. Most, not all, but most.
I'm always joking with my techie husband that I'm his own customized Stepford Wife....now mind you, this is a guy who likes to customize everything,
writes his own code and who is notorious for making Franken-computers....so I guess I check out on the spec platforms he prefers, because he keeps me
around for some reason.
I guess what I'm getting at is in the original movie, the Wives were customized to each mans preferences, with a compatible social proxy for keeping
the town mellow and pleasant without female infighting and irrational emotional chaos so the guys could focus on their work without histrionics.
Oh sure, I suppose most guys would think the Palmer Girls a bland stock model housing, but come on....most programmers like keeping their private
source code private, so the "interchangeability" aspect must be for consumer grade platforms. You know, like the Google-Gear-heads and
iPeople-Pods....so really, what I think we're looking at here in Palmer's video is more of a Consumer Grade Fantasy Bot for the average man on the
street....and of course marketers always get it wrong, so they'll sell the upgrades and DLC after you get the rent to own versions.
Of course, that could just be my personal opinion programming....but....beep beep boop boop...there it is.
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