Why “Baby” by Justin Bieber is sexist

People say that music soothes the savage beast. The old saying says that the sweet harmonies combined with vocal tenacity could make even the fiercest of monsters gaze lovingly into anyone’s eyes.

Now, a new twist has come into the game. It appears as though animals have taste in music, so much so, that when people play certain kinds of music animals flee as if the rapture were upon us.

Igor Vorozhbitsyn was heading to a local fishing spot in northern Russia’s Yakutia Republic when a brown bear suddenly appeared and pounced on him, Central European News reports. Soon after the attack, however, Justin Bieber blasted through a cell phone with his excessively vacuous song “Baby” scaring the bear away. After a few seconds of hearing the direful tune the bear stopped attacking and ran away, much to Vorozhbitsyn’s astonishment since the ringtone was a joke played on him by his granddaughter.

Animal specialists say that it wasn’t the quality of the ringtone that scared the bear away but the sheer volume of the ringtone.

Vorozhbitsyn suffered several cuts and large bruises around his face and chest and is currently recovering from his vicious attack.

Even though volume does play a vital part in animal’s reactions, animals can understand words too. Obviously not to the degree and preciseness humans can but animals can definitely distinguish tone and inflection and pick out a few words here and there.

Justin Bieber’s song, Baby, certainly does have some lyrics that will make a person flee, however. It’s a song about Justin Bieber telling his baby why he should be her baby and that he doesn’t understand why he’s not her baby because he will be the best baby ever because he will get her anything she wants, anything she needs, as an epic baby. He’s a baby that will chase after whatever girl he’s singing to, because he will basically do anything for her after an opening chant of “whoa!” times three.

The song is layered with possessive undertones, even in the final verse. Romance shouldn’t be telling someone what they do to you just because you are around, such as skipping coffee because you are their life source and you’re needed to keep this person alive, because your their baby, baby.

Animals care for their young because It’s instinct. It’s a motherly instinct that anyone has, no matter what species someone is. The possessive nature of the song, however, serves as a subtle kind of different instinct that many just don’t want to believe in yet and that’s perfectly understandable.

The second half of the song isn’t much better, partly because a woman hasn’t bowed down submissively by the last few verses, but the song switches from persuasion regarding Justin Bieber and his baby qualifications and focusing on singular aspects that his previous “baby” did to make him want to live. Caked on co dependency the second half clutches at independent minds with tugs of clingy disposition, especially with sentences like “Oh, for you I would have done whatever and I just can’t believe we ain’t together and I wanna play it cool, but I’m losin’ you. I’ll buy you anything, I’ll buy you any ring.”

If I had a pop star profess his need to have me by his side on a song that screams possessive celebrity I’d flee too because I wouldn’t give up my independence for anything, not even for a chorus about why you need me, not want me

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Robert W Kingett

Robert Kingett is a gay blind journalist, and author, with many publications in magazines, anthologies, and blogs. He has judged many writing contests and has won many awards for his writings and advocacy.

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