by Becca, Hollaback Baltimore Blogger
The music video for “Sacrilege,” Yeah Yeah Yeah’s first release off their new album Mosquito, out April 16th, features Lily Cole, married woman and town slut, being burned alive at the stake. The predictable punch line: The perpetrators (men and women) have all had sex with her.
Directed by Megaforce, and told in reverse order, the mini movie begins with Lily Cole and her husband in flames, and ends with their wedding in a small American town, Lily walking down the aisle in white, neighbors already ogling her with their eyes. In between are sex sequences and a witch-hunt.
What is the “sacrilege?” The literal flame-induced end of this woman’s life? The end of her purity as she sleeps with everyone under the sun? The twisting of sex into a one sided sin that only females can commit?
Yeah Yeah Yeah’s newest video is an extreme example of a culture that views the female body as an entity unconnected to thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
Laws about hallway width in abortion clinics make Roe V. Wade obsolete, and high school girls pledge abstinence in white dresses in front of their fathers. Meanwhile, magazines tell us to be sexy…but only in an inactive, unintentional way. Sex is something that happens to us, but it’s our fault when it does.
Kudos to Yeah Yeah Yeahs for such an obvious nod to rape culture. I’ve read dozens of articles on the video, but only one feminist blog has picked up on the implications. With Steubenville on our minds, I’m pretty sure it was intentional.