Sunday, July 25, 2010

Blog Two Post : The Subverted Version of Trey Songz ~ Say Ahh

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1 comment:

  1. Tylin-
    I'm incredibly impressed by your ability to do this video production (and act as its star), yourself without any other classmates helping you!
    I thought that you demonstrated an overwhelming number of instances where subversion could occur; however, the instances weren't particularly clear to me (and I've got the WGS background). However, the instances that weren't clear, could definitely be made clear. For example:
    1. The dancing imagery, banana, and low budget porn-style-scenery seemed more like a remake of the original on a budget... which doesn't quite subvert the messages of the original song/video.
    2. It took me a bit of watching, then I realized the performer was you! I had no idea at first; however, that remake as a drag performance could be the most transformative element of your video! The issue becomes one of clarifying that for your audience and (perhaps by eliminating the bananas et al or using text in scene changes, or flashing back to you at the beginning or end of the video as yourself in your usual attire) making the issues of gender that much more exaggerated through the drag king style performance. Drag, after all, is meant to make a spectacle of gender (as opposed to transgendered individuals who are trying to switch genders and "pass" as the gender they are working to become) and by making it clear that you're in drag, then making the hyper-sexualized and misogynist messages of the song completely obvious to your audience.
    I'm amazed by what you produced and this could be soooo killer!