Pop star Brian McFadden pens new ode to date rape

You would think that a song called “Just the Way You Are” would be about loving and accepting a person with all their faults and foibles and so on and so forth. But it turns out that the full title of Irish pop singer Brian McFadden’s new song is “Just the Way You Are (Drunk at the Bar).” And it turns out that this song, far from being about unconditional love and acceptance, is in fact a gift for the committee in charge of picking a new national anthem for the Republic of Daterapia. Check out this chorus:

I like you just the way you are, drunk as shit dancing at the bar,
I like it, and I can’t wait to take you home so I can do some damage
I like you just the way you are, jump in the back seat of my car,
‘Cos I like it, and I can’t wait to take you home so I can take advantage.

McFadden has almost no presence here in the US, but he’s a reasonably-sized deal in the UK. So thanks a lot, reasonably-sized deal guy, for endorsing the practice of taking drunk girls home and taking advantage of them! And extra thanks for setting it to a collection of musical notes so unbearable that I can only called them a “melody” if quotation marks are used. Oh, and for those of you who don’t live in the UK or in Australia and are therefore not privy to the tabloidized detailed of this man’s private life, this man has two young daughters. Yeah, this date rape-endorsing man is raising children! Way to go, rape culture!

Melinda Tankard Reist at The Drum has more!

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

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  • http://cabaretic.blogspot.com nazza

    Is this music?

  • http://feministing.com/members/soprano4ever/ Ariel

    wow. People actually listen to this guy?

  • http://feministing.com/members/nina/ Nina Funnell

    Unfortunately it’s getting a lot of airplay in Australia atm, but there is also a backlash. for more read http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/44500.html (it also quotes me at length :)