Dear Justin Timberlake: Naked Ladies Don't Make Your Music Video Art

Categories: FemPop

Justin Timberlake nude video screenshot
She gets nakeder.
The latest way to "shock" music video viewers? Nope, it's not making gazers feel like they're tripping out on drugs while they're watching, a la Miley Cyrus and "We Can't Stop." It's putting not just scantily clad ladies, but fully nude women, all over your video. Yep, that's a naked lady in Justin TImberlake's "Tunnel Vision."

And it's one way to immediately lose the respect of your fans, too.

While Robin Thicke was the first guy to start the "dapper guy in a suit surrounded by clotheless models" trend, with a March YouTube video that was banned then later restored; Justin Timberlake's "Tunnel Vision," which debuted this month, features even more naked ladies -- this time, they're not just topless, they're doing the full monty. Forget claims by Rape Crisis that the lyrics in Thicke's clip reinforce victim-blaming in rape cases. Pairing lines such as "I hate these blurred lines / I know you want it" with images of naked women prancing around wasn't just acceptable to Thicke -- his wife, Paula Patton, also has called the video sexy. Score one less for the ladies -- maybe she was just trying to seem more secure with her "I'll look all I want" husband.

Right now, we're left to wonder how Timberlake's other half, Jessica Biel, is feeling about "Tunnel Vision." The song talks about how Timberlake is enamored with only one lady, so the juxtaposition of several hot models wearing nothing seems odd.

Despite all the hotness surrounding him, Timberlake is still dedicated to Biel. Okay. But there are a hundred better ways that message could have been conveyed than objectifying women.

How can videos like these be considered artistic? In "Blurred Lines," the naked ladies are dancing for the enjoyment of a group of men; "Tunnel Vision" has them dancing over Timberlake's face. These guys are superstars and they feel entitled to gorgeous harems of ladies who are paid to stay thin. Not only are the ladies horrible role models for young women viewing YouTube, the clips also help perpetuate unrealistic views of how women should be.

Sure, porn is accessible anywhere, but integrating naked models into music videos just for the heck of it only helps solidify stereotypes, hurt self-esteem, and devalue the work of the artists.

Lots of men will love these videos for the eye candy on display, but some viewers will think that expecting sexiness is the norm and ladies who aren't willing to show off their skin are just prudes.

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rylangerhans
rylangerhans

So, you are critical of Timberlake & Thicke using naked women, meanwhile your profess your favorite video right now is Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop". This video promotes drug use - molly. And I guess it's okay for women to objectify themselves or each other. Miley is dressed like a tramp in her video and also spanking the asses of other women in sexually suggestive positions. I actually have no problem with any of the videos. But it's just a tad hypocritical when you criticize a man doing what other female artists do to themselves and each other. Not to mention your posting on FB about Tandy.com; that site and business totally doesn't objectify women, right?

Fritz  e
Fritz e

P.P.S.  Most of the stuff that you write don't make sense and if you knew how much these women get for what they do and you could do it yourself, you wouldn't blink (I am most likely 99.9% right on this opinion)...  Plus, the concept of the video totally represent the meaning behind the song...  Of course they will not show you an actual tunnel and eyes all throughout the video.  There were many subliminal images to represent that...  Btw, did you see the "light" at the end of the tunnel?

Fritz  e
Fritz e

You know why they call it "Opinion"? because anyone can grab one out of a bag at anytime and they will never run out...  I am not saying that whoever wrote this article is wrong (again, here comes this Mr. Opinion in the picture).  However, Art is subjective and what may be art to some can be crap to others.  In closing, I deal with art, organize large events, and produce videos...  In my professional and sexy opinion, I think this video is kicka*s on many levels... creativity, originality, sexinessss, and catchy beat...  Just ask yourself, if you were to freeze many of the scenes as if they were still photos, would someone print them and post them on their walls...  However, you answer this question, it's should also be your answer to whether or not this video is "art"...  For me, it is "art" all the way...  well, "moving art"...


P.S. Stop this whole thing about a bunch of "naked dancing dudes" vs "naked clad women" thing...  It's old...  Women are beautiful in all sizes, shapes and colors...  Presenting that in a very sexy way is not necessarily "objectifying"...  Yes, they use "traditional" fashion models to sell their ideas.  So, what's wrong with that?  For some (both men and women), that's a compliment!!!  Owwww, again here comes Mr. Opinion!!!!!!!!

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