Sunday, 8 May 2016
Black Magic - A Review
For anyone who doesn't know who little mix are, they are a girl group who found fame on The X Factor in 2011, and have gone from strength to strength since they won.
Black magic is a song that they released in early 2015, and it has been a major success. It's catchy, has a very well put together music video, and the vocals are great, (like with all little mix songs). However, I do have some issues.
The music video starts out with four stereotypical nerdy girls (the photo above), pining after a boy who already has a girlfriend,(who isn't very nice to them). The four girls then proceed to visit the library where they find a book which contains "black magic".
This book has changed the way the girls dress and their fashion sense and the make up they choose to apply.
These girls then walk over to boy earlier mentioned who is with his girlfriend, and cast a spell on her which embarrasses her and causes her to run away looking quite upset. It then shows another group of girls laughing at a stereo-typically nerdy boy, who little mix cast a spell on and this new group of girls are suddenly attracted to the boy they were just laughing at.
My issue with this video is that it will be watched by young girls and young boys. This video teaches young girls who are nerdy and who care about their studies that if they want a boy they like, they should change. There is nothing to be ashamed of if you care about your studies. It's something you should be proud of and something you should keep doing, and if a boy wants you to change for you to be with him, he's someone you could do without in your life.
This isn't new idea. I could have picked on Grease, or Princess Diaries. I chose this particular piece of media because it was released so recently and we are now in the age of promoting gender equality. We shouldn't be teaching girls or boys that they need to change to find love, or that it's okay to shame someone in order to gain approval. We should be teaching them to be proud of who they are and to accept other people even if they are different.
I really do think little mix are a great group, and they have an amazing talent. I hope they carry on creating, I just hope it's more songs like 'wings';songs that promote being independent and chasing your dreams.
What do you think? Am I over-reacting? Should we be sending a more positive message to young girls and boys? Let me know in the comments or by email