Daily Archives: August 19, 2013

Teens Show Grasp of Problematic Representations

So the recent episode of react videos from the Fine Bros actually brings up a really interesting topic. The video is Teens React to Blurred Lines, where they have teens watching the PG version of the Robin Thicke Blurred Lines music video. First off I have to be grateful because I have neither heard the song or seen the music video. I had heard about it slightly, but just did not care enough to watch it myself. After watching the watching of the video I am even more happy to say that I never watched it myself.

The most interesting thing that happens during the video is when the teens really examine the video and what it means about the song, many of them are a bit taken back. Many of them even liked the song before watching the video, but the more they heard about Thicke’s comments on the video and the video itself there seemed to be a turning of opinion.

There is a great moment where one of the teens even says that if we just shrug off what is happening in the song and in the video than nothing will change. It was kind of amazing to see this from a bunch of teens when there are some adults who do not understand that concept (just look at almost any comment section dealing with criticism of a specific media). So I highly recommend watching the video above and let me know what you think about the teens reactions.