Use of Satire in Pink's Stupid Girls

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Yelena Samar
Professor Mullen
Eng 350 Satire
15 December 2010
Research essay
Use of satire in Pink’s “Stupid girls”
Have you ever thought about what is being sung in the song? Did you think about the meaning of the text? Probably yes. So, you have noticed that some songs are about how two people love each other, others about how could he/she leave him/her. In thirds you do not even know what singer wants to say. But also of course you heard some songs where the singer mocks at something. Where he makes fun of people, their behavior, their habits. Pink is not exception. Pink is relatively old singer. Her main music genre is diversified: alternative rock, pop-rock and r’n’b. She does not have specific genre. During her carrier she wrote a lot of songs and had a lot of video-clips. Some of her lyrics are motivating to stay strong after having hard time in life. But also she has a lot of songs where she mocks at human behavior, at the life style of some people. She shows it not only through her texts but also through her videos. One of the great examples is her song “Stupid girls”. In this song and clip Pink exposes how different, and sometimes ridiculous, girls can be. Let’s look at her lyrics verse by verse

First Verse:
“Go to Fred Segal, you'll find them there
Laughing loud so all the little people stare
Looking for a daddy, revolution pain
(Drop a name)”
Pink compares simple people to famous ones, by calling the first “little people”. But this is not what Pink thinks, this is what these models think about normal people: that they are “little”. Chicks are usually laugh really loud to get an attention to. They want to be in the center of everything. In the third line they are looking for a daddy. It means that usually such kind of girls are trying to find rich man , with numerous bank accounts, who will spoil them with money, and when he will die all his property will be inherited by his young wife. “What happened to the dreams of a girl-president

She's dancing in the video next to 50 Cent”
These two lines are one of the most sensual in the whole song. What happened to this girl, who dreamed about being president and make her country better? Or may be even she is just too right girl, she had excellent grades, she was leader among her peermates. And now, influenced by the TV and Mass media, she left her desire to develop her leadership qualities. She learned how to dance, and now she is on one stage with 50 doing dirty moves. Is this what is condsidered today to be more valuable and more respectfull than being a president? Pink is not agreed with all of this. We can say that she is protesting against such actions. Being strong woman herself, she does not want young girls to follow this “chick” image. “They travel in packs of two or three

With their itsy bitsy doggies
and their teeny-weeny tees”
From the first line of this part of the verse I had a feeling that Pink is talking not about people but about things, stuff, just like books or gums. They are in pack. They always need to be with someone, and usually this “someone” is their best friend (just exact copy of them) or a small and cute pet. And they cannot travel without their integral part-their small “doggies”, who are dressed up not worse than their owner. “Where, oh where, have the smart people gone?

Oh where, oh where could they be?”
Here it sounds even more serious, Pink is puzzled, how come there no more smart people. May be they hide away? Or there no more of them left, cause all of them decided to follow these stupid stereotypes. Of course none of these two assumptions is totally true. But if we look closer we will see that nowadays we have more and more girls, and sometimes even a boys, who we can refer to the group “stupid”, as Pink called it. Now the chorus:

“Baby if I act like that,
that guy will call me back
What a paparazzi girl,
I don't wanna be a stupid girl
Baby if I act like that,...
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