Nick Jonas has come into popularity once again. All of our inner sixth graders squealed when those magazine pictures came out…you know which ones.
BUT we’re not here to talk about the pictures
When his CD came out, I will admit that I rushed to Spotify to hear it. And the songs are catchy…but there’s something wrong when you actually listen to the music.
Let’s start with the most famous song: Jealous
In the song Jonas describes his girlfriend who is beautiful so other men stare at her, and naturally he is jealous. But then Nick turns the jealousy around on the girl.
I don’t like the way he’s looking at you
I’m starting to think you want him too
Am I crazy, have I lost ya?
Even though I know you love me, can’t help it
Nick blames the girl for all the guys staring at her, and even accuses her of enjoying everyone gawking at her. He’s equating his girlfriend to a pretty object that everyone wants, but only he can have her and that makes him feel powerful. Girls are told that they should feel flattered when a boy gets jealous, because he’s just expressing his interest in her. But when a girl is jealous then she is crazy and too caught up in the relationship (i.e Taylor Swift)
In another one of Nick’s songs “Take Over” he says
I can tell that you’re a real bad girl
Underneath it all
You never want to let me see the dark side
Go and let it show
This enforces the concept we talked about earlier in the year with the binary in women—they must be either a good girl or a bad girl. Usually girls are expected to be good girls with a bad girl interior (lady in the streets, freak in the sheets).
So what do you think? Do some artists get away with these socially incorrect lyrics if they are clouded with catchy tunes? Or are these songs just personas put on by the artists even if they don’t believe it?
(Btw, his album is actually pretty decent if you excuse the songs mentioned above)