Lena Dunham Is Not Okay With Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean?’ Lyrics
Although she doesn't specifically name Bieber in her critique, the timing of Dunham's subtweet (less than 24 hours after his 2015 VMAs performance) combined with its actual content makes for a fairly obvious correlation to Bieber. She tweeted, "Let's do away with pop songs where a girl nods yes when she means no and vice versa, k?"
The lyrics for "What Do You Mean?" are, in part, as follows: "What do you mean? / When you nod your head yes / But you wanna say no / What do you mean?”
And? If anything, the song seems to be more about communication and confusion. Bieber isn't exactly espousing a "Blurred Lines" scenario here -- he's literally asking his partner "What do you mean?" which we're choosing to interpret as something along the lines of, "Is it cool if we go ahead with this or not, because you're giving me mixed signals here." What's wrong with clarification?
And while Bieber isn't necessarily the most eloquent speaker in interviews (a statement we're pretty sure Deadmau5 would agree with), he did offer an explanation for the song's meaning earlier this summer. During an a chat with Ryan Seacrest he said, "Girls are often flip-floppy. They say something, and then they mean something else. ‘What do you mean?…I don’t really know, that’s why I’m asking.'”
The track isn't even necessarily about sex. So while Dunham certainly has a point about the necessity of clear consent, targeting Bieber seems a bit misguided here.
Do you agree with Lena Dunham, or do you think she's blowing this way out of proportion? Let us know in the comments.
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