I was innocently listening to the radio yesterday when a song popped on the public airwaves called “Don’t Trust Me” by 3oh!3. Here is part of the disgusting lyric set to a bouncy beat and a bubblegum melody:
Don’t trust a hoe
Never trust a hoe
Won’t trust a hoe,
Won’t trust me!
Shut your lips
Do the Helen Keller
and talk with your hips
The entire song is teenybopper misogynistic, but the real disgust of the song is how it views the disabled: Just be still, spread your legs, move your hips, and take it without speaking to, or listening to, or looking at, me. Be blind. Be Deaf. Be “Helen Keller” during sex.
What does this barbaric song — with its glossy backbeat — say about us as a society?
Does the public propagation of this song as entertainment confirm we, as a nation, are tolerant of hate speech and the denigration of the disabled?
How do songs like this infect the young and inexperienced mind?
Here’s the tune being “performed” live in Denver, and I suppose the one saving grace is how awful the performers are, and that means they won’t have much staying power —
— but how much psychic damage has already been done?