Your song "Next to Me" is incredibly catchy. I find myself wanting to sing along, and then I actually listened to the lyrics, and found I was offended. Let's take a look-see:
You won’t find him drinking at the tableWow, there's so much wrong with just that one stanza, I need to stop and take a breath before I start.
Rolling dice and staying out ’til three
You won’t ever find him be unfaithful
You will find him, you’ll find him next to me
Okay, here goes.
- Why should I care where your boyfriend goes??
- It's very sloppy "logic" that a person who drinks and gambles is also going to be unfaithful.
- It's also a false dichotomy that a person who is not unfaithful must then be attached to his girlfriend's hip 24/7.
Oh sure, there are some lyrics about her losing her money and faith, and this nameless man (because, of course, it IS a man *coughheteronormativecough*) will still be next to her, but again, who cares? Why do you need to prove this to us, Emeli Sande?
Sadly, apparently a lot of people care. Facebook ads1 would lead us to believe that there are whole segments of the population looking for mates who are "faithful." Apparently there are so many unfaithful men out there, others feel the need to qualify their faithfulness. I at first read "faithful" (on said ads) as a mention of spirituality or religiousness, but I was mistaken. No, Facebook was truly asking if I wanted to meet "Single Black Faithful Men." No, Facebook, I don't. Clearly your algorithms aren't working correctly if you think that's where my tastes lie. And again, there's a lot wrong with that "ad" as well, but this post isn't about that.
So good for you (I guess), Emeli Sande. Facebook ads worked for you in finding a faithful mate! I still find it offensive, and I will protest your damn catchy song by not singing along. Not even a little bit. I may even change the station (though I make no promises).
(Image courtesy of Yellowdog Granny)
1What do you mean Facebook ads are not clear representations of real life??