More on The Beastie Boys and “Girls”
joshdierickx says: First off, how does this have anything with the Beastie Boys if they’re a “STEM” organization? Secondly how why this their signature crime for releasing a song about girls, is that why you’re implying? It’s all about not dating someone, not misoynist
» SFB says: On the first point, basically it’s a PR issue for the Beastie Boys. Whether or not it’s fair that it’s an issue for them is up to the reader, but it’s something they’re stuck dealing with. Which is why they responded. Their point: A noble cause can still be a commercial one.
As for the second part, I’ll let The New York Times take this one on for me:
In the original song, which appeared on the Beastie Boys’ 1986 hip-hop album “Licensed to Ill,” the band sings: “Girls to do the dishes/Girls to clean up my room/Girls to do the laundry/Girls and in the bathroom.”
In the online video, children build an elaborate Rube Goldberg device while singing: “Girls build a spaceship/Girls code the new app/Girls that grow up knowing/That they can engineer that.”
You can’t simply objectively say that’s about “not dating someone,” which is why the company parodied the lyrics. Even considering that, it’s not the full story to hit them with a broad brush: I specifically pointed out the era of the band in the post because the band famously shied away from this lyrical approach later in their career both by their lyrics and their actions. It’s something which The Nation's Jessica Valenti, a noted feminist writer, wrote about at the time of Yauch’s death. — Ernie @ SFB