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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3 Comments

  1. Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Is this music?

  2. Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    wow. People actually listen to this guy?

  3. Posted February 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    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 :)

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