Amy Douglas (who wrote this piece) embodies the spirit of rock and roll while being the last of a dying breed of great American singer/songwriters. She’s also your favorite dance music vocalist. Nullset’s Lewis Black, she’s greater than zero but different than one.
"Porn is something that is a graphic sexual image that conjures up an animalistic reaction in you. You like it or you don’t," she says. “Erotica also is graphic sexual imagery, but it has an extra component or several extra components that resonate with the viewer—be it artistic, be it passionate, be it something that emotionally engages you, be it something that parlays into a fantasy that you have about sexuality or the way that you relate to the people on screen.” - Violet Blue
"It’s hard out here for a bitch", Lily Allen quips in her new single/video which a la Scary Movie and horror films, spoofs the singularly threaded ideologue of the modern female pop star. Women, as commodities in music is nothing new, they’ve been sexualized to the point of parody for arguably over a century. That said, the modern pop star in the Youtube generation of the “internet babies” (as Tim Wagner, my partner in NYC-based underground pop trio Sunrise Highway partner Tim Wagner likes to refer to them), is a new animal, one that has inspired much ire, even inspiring former pop stars to write letters of warning (Sinead O Connor). The new pop star is a porn star, and a self pornographer at that. She understands the playground, she accepts and even takes delight in her new role. Talent, be it genuine or like beauty, in the eye of the beholder, is immaterial. It is a complete backdrop, to a far more important role, attention getting, and attention holding. In a world, where everyone, has literally “seen it all,” she picks up the mantle of self-commodification and pushes it to her own max point.
The proof, of course, lies in the headlines. Miley smokes weed onstage. Miley fellates a hammer and gets naked on a Wrecking Ball. Lady Gaga and R Kelly simulate sex onstage during Saturday Night Live. Lady Gaga gets naked in art piece. Rihanna out-twerks them all, half naked, full ass-out with strippers in “Pour It Up.” Katy Perry shocks in racist Asian get up during the AMA’s. Miley bleaches her eyebrows. In a competition on the level of that depicted in the film The Hunger Games, it’s clear that the minute you lose their attention, you’re done.
I like pornography. I’d like to start with that, so as to make sure that everyone understands that this piece should and does serve solely, as a social exploration relating to young pop stars, and their role in today’s entertainment field. In the internet era, these pop stars are enhanced by an audience that has absolutely no attention span - the result of having too much information, all of the time. Pornography has it’s place. It has a function and much like any other form of “vice” be it alcohol, weed, coke, food, shopping, if used in healthy moderation enhances life. I am not here to castigate pornography, so much as I am here to force contemplation of one question: “where has the art gone, and does anyone even want it any longer from young girls who sing and or sing and dance.”