Song Challenge Day 16: Guilty Pleasure

“A song that is your guilty pleasure”

Moving into much more mainstream territory here. t.A.T.u. were very popular around the beginning of the millennium, and “All the Things She Said” is their most famous song.

Though, now that I think about it, I heard about t.A.T.u. before their English debut (I swear I’m not saying that for any hipster-y reason.) on the shoujoai.com forum, so I guess I still discovered them because of anime.

Anyway, what makes this song a guilty pleasure? Not the song itself, and not the artists (actually they’re kind of awesome; when told they couldn’t comment on the Iraq war on the Tonight Show, they wore shirts that said “F*ck war!” in Russian (yes, the camera cut away when they kissed)), but everything I’ve ever heard about their original manager makes him sound very controlling and quite possibly a total creep, and he did direct this song’s video.

There’s a part of me that doesn’t want to criticize this, because at the time it got a lot of criticism for having two girls kiss and “promoting lesbianism”, and all of those critics can go хуй themselves.

I don’t think the video is that bad (it’s actually less “sexy” than I thought I remembered), but I think, for example, the completely pointless upskirt shot makes the kissing and wet shirts look worse than they would otherwise; the reason any of it would be questionable is the fact that the girls were 15 when this was made (for the original Russian song, two years before the English song was recorded).

I should probably comment on the “fake relationship” thing since some people dislike them for that reason. Presenting themselves as a couple was the manager’s idea too. They were never consistent about it (and only even came close to explicitly saying so a couple of times) but enough people believed it that they cried “fake” when Julia’s pregnancy was announced. Ironically, Julia is the one who actually is bisexual while Lena apparently isn’t, and for additional irony Julia is the one who said something homophobic about gay men while Lena is a very strong supporter of the entire LGBT community.

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