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Justin Timberlake has a controversial new music video, “Tunnel Vision”

Posted by Kayla Tooma on 07/14 at 07:34 PM

We all know Justin Timberlake is the man bringing ‘sexy back’ but his music video “Tunnel Vision” has been causing quite a stir. It was even banned from YouTube until a few days ago. Many are calling the video misogynistic, while others call it artful. That may be due to the fact that the video is nothing but a fully clothed Timberlake and three completely naked women. Of course nudity is a tremendous tool used in art for various types of expression and celebrations of the human form, however it is debatable whether or not this particular use was art or just a cheap trick.

I can see how Timberlake could have thought he was being artful. At one point, all three women are standing together and his face is projected onto their bodies. While this is perhaps the most ‘artful’ shot, I can’t help but feel like it is still misogynistic to project a fully clothed male figure onto naked women. Also, why is he fully clothed? This contrast suggests the women are more vulnerable than he is and allows the video to be seen more as objectification, besides the zoomed-in shots of their bodies. Also, we can look at what they’re doing—if they were placed in artful poses or anything other than writhing sexually, then perhaps JT would have a stronger case for art. However YouTube seems to support the video and deems it art because they lifted the ban. According to a Rolling Stones article, a Google spokesperson explained that they prohibit nudity unless it is presented in an education or artistic manner.

Even if Timberlake was trying to be artful, when the song is set to this video, it completely loses all meaning and just does not make sense. The entire premise of the song is having “tunnel vision” for one woman. Timberlake sings, “I only see you” however there are three different women featured. Unless Timberlake is trying to create irony, it simply doesn’t come to together well.

As for the song, I found it to be better than “Suit and Tie,” the first single from his new album The 20/20 Experience. However it is not nearly as strong as his other new single “Mirrors,” and nowhere near as strong as the singles from his previous album, my favorite JT album by far, FutureSex/LoveSounds.

What do you think? Below is just the song. To watch the video, you can go HERE (NSFW).

{name} Author: Kayla Tooma
Bio: Kayla Tooma is a senior majoring in English at Penn State. She hails from the great island of Long Island, NY. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing piano, reading medieval literature, watching unhealthy amounts of space documentaries, and making some kind of lame pun. Her favorite genres include a variety of rock, pop, indie, and metal. Some of her favorite artists include My Chemical Romance, Lana Del Rey, Queen, MIKA, No Doubt, Lady Gaga, HIM, The Smiths, The Jane Austen Argument, The Beatles, Beirut, The Dresden Dolls, and The White Stripes. She also has a sweet spot for pop goddesses like Cher, Madonna, and Britney Spears.


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