Did Bieber pull a Miley Cyrus with the ‘lolly dance’?

While everyone was ragging on Miley Cyrus and her hammer-licking antics in the Wrecking Ball video, Justin Bieber was cooking up a new treat for pop culture fiends to point and laugh at. And we missed it … almost.

The 19-year-old's latest appearance is a feature in Lolly, the new single from R&B artist Maejor Ali. A song about drugs and women and licking, lots of licking, served with a side of Bieber rapping his transition-to-adulthood little heart out in a very cringeworthy fashion.

"I'm all fancy, yeah, I'm popping Pellegrino/I'm in the El Camino when I pull up on the scen-o", he rhymes. Or not so much … What Justin?

Surely if he's not old enough to rap about alcohol and has to use mineral water as a substitute, he's not nearly old enough to be singing about his ding-dong and how much girls like it, or to be featured in a song about drugs, period.

(Where is all the rage and hype about race appropriation now? Because seriously, it's needed. And if someone could write it in Dr Seuss fashion, that would be great, I think the Biebs would understand it better.)


To top it all off, the dance featured in the video has now been touted as the "lolly dance". Granted, there are no "home girls here with the big butt, shaking it like we at a strip club" – thank you Miley for your poetic references to twerking in We Can't Stop – and although the video is sans tonguing of hardware and the dance is fairly innocent, it's the subject matter of the song that Justin is asking his teen fans to "lolly dance" to that's questionable.

While it's fairly safe to assume that the lyrics Justin sings – "She say she love my lolly, she wanna make it pop, she say she love my lolly, she wanna lick the top" – are in reference to his penis (this image is still wrong, so wrong), there are also references to Molly, a club term for ecstasy. Another artist featured on the track, Juicy J, sings: "Molly make her lose them underwear."

Playground crushes
Are you condoning the use of drugs to take advantage of women, Mr Bieber, in the hope they will love your lolly? Three problems exist. 

1. Again, where is the outcry?

2. Justin's fan base at this stage are mostly girls who are not of consensual age yet. (Are these references and the innocence of young girls being subjected to it not bothering anyone else yet?)

3. When these girls do grow up and realise you condoned all sorts of things by singing about them willy-nilly, while hiding behind some pseudo-dance, they're going to do everything but love your lolly.

I realise that pop stars who grow up on Twitter and our televisions do in fact still grow up. They move from cute, cuddly, talented little things who sing about playground crushes, to teenagers who have experiences with drugs and alcohol and run-ins with the law, to eventually featuring all of this in their music.

But do we as an audience, or rather, does Justin Bieber's female, impressionable, school-going audience really need that proven to them? In the most crass way? We get it. You're growing. Take a time out if you need to and then come back and get on with it. cc Miley Cyrus.

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Related stories

Advertising

Subscribers only

Zuma tells ANC top six not to hold their breath

Former president Jacob Zuma will only meet ANC leaders if deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo recuses himself from the state capture commission

‘Captured’ water utility exec holes up

Thami Hlongwa seems to be in hiding after a blacklisted technology company scored millions from Umgeni Water and the owner was murdered

More top stories

The private-sector players who facilitated public-sector fraud

Let us never forget the private-sector players who facilitated public-sector fraud

Pregnant women should be vaccinated, doctors say

New research shows that there has been an increase in maternal deaths during the Covid-19 restriction

Simeone is Atlético’s secret weapon

El Cholo remains true to himself — consistent, totally committed and prepared to graft — and these values are retained by the team

Eight things you need to know about the vaccine rollout

About 80 000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine have arrived in South Africa out of the nine million procured — 300 000 to 500 000 are expected to arrive within two months
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…