8/17/09
Dumb Video of the Week: Ben Taylor’s “Wicked Way”

Look, we’re all for the occasional casual sex, especially when it’s between two parties who equally understand the casual nature of said fling, who are fully aware of the inherent risks of such behavior, and who treat each other with kindness and respect even though they may never see each other again. But this stupid video from Ben Taylor (spawn of James Taylor and Carly Simon) is a perfect example of what’s wrong with a lot of sex today:

It’s all, “Me, me, me, me. I don’t care about you, what you have to say, or what you think. I just want to get you drunk so I can basically date rape you.” The visuals only compound the offensiveness of the lyrics, further suggesting that it’s all about quantity rather than quality, that (hot) women have nothing to say, that one just blends into the next. What a terrible message about sex…and women! Claiming it’s all a “joke” to begin with doesn’t make it funny. Besides, if you’re going to do the whole face morphing thing, you better make sure it looks at least as technically good as Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” video which was made 18 freaking years ago. And don’t even get us started on that pseudo accent that’s supposed to make you sound cool and sexy but actually just makes you sound like your self-involved celebrity parents dropped you on the head as a baby one too many times. And if you’re uneasy being in front of the camera for this song’s video (as you should be), why are you in front of the camera to introduce it?… Can you tell we’re annoyed?

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Man
Man
1 year 7 months ago
As expected from today’s society…overreacting. What is he saying? “I think you’re attractive and I want to have sex with you.” You may like to write paragraphs and essays overanalyzing but at the end of the day, it’s that simple…”I want to have sex with you.” This sentiment is one of the most basic of human nature right next to “I want to eat” and “I want to sleep”. So to take issue with this song is to take issue with acknowledging our own humanity. I think the world woulf be better off if we were all as honest as… Read more »
Tonye
Tonye
4 years 9 days ago

My flatmate was playing this not five minutes ago, which was when I heard it for the first time. At first I wasn’t paying attention, but then “get you drunk” caught my ear, and things just went downhill from there. How any self-respecting woman can listen to this and not be disgusted is beyond me. Lmfao.

Madamoiselle L
Madamoiselle L
6 years 29 days ago
Erin, I highly DOUBT ANY girls were “forced” to participate in this video. People don’t need to use “roofies” to get girls with NO self esteem, who think being in the same room with a “Star” will somehow raise their internal self appraisal value, to do self degrading things! There are just too many young women who have no idea who they are, what they want, or the fact that they can get a good relationship on who they are. It’s sad, but no one was “forced” to do this. There are and sadly, always have been enough women everywhere… Read more »
Madamoiselle L
Madamoiselle L
6 years 29 days ago

I had to stop it about a minute and a half in. YUCK! Does he live in LA? Is it the Land of Girls with No Self Esteem?

How does one get so many girls to go along with a thing like this?

I’m as disturbed as you all are. On a viceral level more than anything.

🙁

Kyle
Kyle
6 years 29 days ago
Ok Kate fine, you’ve addressed the issue of whether or not he’s making a joke or an ironic stab at the elephant in the room that is the “player.” You’ve discussed that he’s laid it all out there with adultfriendfinder accuracy and that makes it consensual, and there fore either two people having mutual respect or choosing to not respect one another outside of physical attributes. You’ve addressed it as art, and it’s true, most art is controversial. So even if that’s all true….. HOW CAN THAT BE THE PREMISE FOR FREAKY SEXUALITY? The whole spiel he went on in… Read more »
Kate
Kate
6 years 1 month ago

P.S. Erin:
Take a look at those girls…not that they are ugly but they do not appear to be models,actresses, or anything else that would make them good at acting in front of a camera. The look like pretty average,everyday, good-looking girls that were asked if they wanted to be in this video. don’t you think it’s possible they just don’t know how to act apropriatley “sexy” “playfull” enough infront of a camera as to appease your critical eye from thinking them “sad””glazed over”?

Kate
Kate
6 years 1 month ago
Okay, first off: I agree it is a terrible message to send that women are just objects and that Ben Taylor just wants to lay them all, but is that really the purpose of the song here? come on let’s think a little bit beyond what catches your pre-concieved rage on the topic….What man who lives somewhat in the public’s eye (excluding some lude rap music) would honestly want that connotation to himself and his music floaging around? Second: The comedy of the song (from what I understand) that so many of you seem to have such trouble grasping…is in… Read more »
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