By now, I’m sure you’re all familiar with Kanye’s new video for “Bound 2” featuring North West’s mother writhing around topless on a motorbike in front of a backdrop that’s oddly reminiscent of the cover of my Lisa Frank trapper keeper from 6th grade.
If you haven’t seen the video, go watch it. Seriously, I’ll wait. (I’m kidding I would never wait for you.) If you have seen it, you’re probably confused. Don’t worry. I was, too.
But then I realized that I had seen this all before.
The incredibly famous – though controversial – recording artist who is known for wearing ahead-of-its-time-couture, for lashing out at aggressive paparazzi, and for making music that defines a generation. This same artist who enjoys mashing up his creative impulses with his personal life then casts his shockingly attractive girlfriend in a music video. This video, of course, serves as the couple’s desperate public plea for privacy. Blink. Blink.
The female video vixen who must also – at times – stare directly into the camera lens in an attempt to convince viewers that she is probably conscious. It’s a video that includes excessive nudity, uncomfortable moments of choreographed affection, and only the best desert backdrops that Microsoft Office clip art has to offer.
Of course this seemed familiar. I had seen it in 1995.
Starring Michael Jackson.
Yeah, that’s right, Kanye: You. Are. Not. Alone.