Fans are loving Justin Bieber’s new song ‘What Do You Mean?’ but don’t count Lena Dunham in that category. The Girls creator tweeted her disapproval about the lyrics.
“Let’s do away with pop songs where a girl nods yes when she means no and vice versa, k?”
She’s referring to the part of the song where Bieber sings: “What do you mean?/When you nod your head yes/But you wanna say no/What do you mean?”
Seems bad, right? But here’s some context in case you haven’t already listened to it 85 times.
The whole song is about poor communication in a relationship.
“You’re so indecisive of what I’m saying/Tryna catch the beat, make up your heart/Don’t know if you’re happy or complaining/Don’t want for us to end, where do I start?
First you wanna go to the left then you wanna turn right/Wanna argue all day, making love all night/First you’re up then you’re down and in between
Oh, I really want to know/What do you mean?”
We’ve all been there, especially at 21 like Bieber. Sometimes you or the person you’re with is unsure and causes all kinds of emotional grief in the relationship.
Context is everything.
I get what Dunham is saying, and if the rest of the lyrics alluded to something sinister I’d be on her side. But the song isn’t about consent or sex, it’s about a young love dealing with common issues, like a lack of proper communication.
However, the video really messes things up. In the new version that came out on August 30, he basically pays someone to kidnap him and his girlfriend, terrify the crap out of her, then take her to a party where she’s having the time of her life. Damnit Biebs, I was defending you.
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