Monster Python: Kanye West’s ‘Monster’ music video controversy

A conversation about That Music Video that has caused a controversy among the critics, the blogosphere, and perfectly ordinary people who have conversations like this from the other evening:

Me:
‘Evening, friend!

Friend:
(stiffly)
Good evening.

Me:

Have you seen that new music video? You know the one I mean, eh, the abomination to all that is good, know what I mean?


Friend:
I, uh, I beg your pardon?

Me:

The rapper, uh, Kanye West, that one, doesn’t it just offend you, eh?

Friend:

Well, of course it does! It gives me the chills.

Me:
Aaaaaaaah I bet it does, I bet it does, say no more, say no more. I knew we were on the same wavelength. The third wave wavelength, if you know what I mean! Say no more!


Friend:
(confused)
I’m afraid I don’t quite follow you.

Me:
Follow me. Follow me. That’s good, that’s good! I knew we would be friends, you know exactly what I mean. It outrages me as much as it does you, believe me!

Friend:
Are you, uh… are you selling something?

Me:
SELLING! Very good! Comrade, you are anti-capitalist and anti-consumer society sure as the grass is green and the sky is blue.
(pause)
Say no MORE!

Friend:
Well, I, uh….

Me:

Does it, well, you know, viscerally rile you that such a vile video is to be unleashed onto this innocent, pure world?

Friend:
Um, I don’t like it, no…

Me:
I bet you don’t! I bet you don’t!

Friend:

As a matter of fact I’ve signed the petition to ban the video.

Me:
Oh, so you have! I knew you would. Fighting the good fight, eh? Misogyny at every corner, yes, must do everything we can!

Friend:
I’ve also marched the streets on a feminist rally…

Me:
SAY NO MORE!!

Marching the streets, say no more, say no more, you know what it’s like, friend! To be on the front line, to be pelted with batons and pent up in kettles, oppressed for speaking your mind. Say no more, friend, say no more!

Friend:
I wasn’t going to!

Me:
Oh! Well, never mind.

Isn’t it horrible that this is now getting into mainstream? Pornographic, violent, disturbing… and the kids listen to it! Can you believe it, this is what they call music!

Friend:
Music?

Me:
Rap stars, glamorising sex and violence, it really is needlessly terrible!

Friend:

Singles, eh?

Me:
They could be, they could be singles. But it’s that 6-odd minute video, isn’t it? The irony of the title, the collaboration of the all those artists, the Gothic statement of it all, isn’t it? Original, incisive, but does he have to be so shocking? So rapacious?


Friend:
No, no I’m afraid I don’t really dig rap.

Me:
Oh.
Still, Kanye West’s new single. The women just have no personal agency, you see, because they are dead! And the men, well, they are alive, aren’t they? Disgusting, disgusting!


Friend:
Look… are you insinuating something?

Me:
Oh, no, no, no… yes.

Friend:
Well?

Me:
Well, you’re a man of musical tastes.

Friend:
Yes…

Me:

And I mean, you’ve got the internet, you know, like, you’ve seen music videos, on the internet, you’ve seen it?

Friend:
What do you mean?

Me:
Well, I mean… you’ve SEEN Kanye West’s new music video ‘Monster’?

Friend:
Like the rest of the world, yes.

Me:
What’s it like?

~

And, of course, this was mercilessly adapted from the script of Monty Python’s ‘Nudge Nudge Wink Wink’ sketch. The iconic original of which you can see below. Culture yourself with this for under three minutes. (And don’t waste time on Kanye West’s. It’s not worth the bother.)

A fresh slice of the leek.

Next up: More comment about Kanye West’s ‘Monster’ video. By which time, I still won’t have seen it.

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