3OH!3: Misogynistic, or Fun?

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 15, 2009
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Boulder, Colorado—area code 3 zero 3—used to be known for Buddhists, hippies, Beat poets, old cowboys and Sierra Club lifers. Now, it’s known for renewable energy, tech, natural business tycoons, outdoor athletes, yoga studios and cafes on every block, foodies and…


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Is 3OH!3 offensive, or ironic?

With songs on the top of Billboard, hundreds of millions of listens on Myspace and views on Youtube, appearances on national talk shows, in national press and on big-time music tours—it’s a question that matters.

‘Specially when your songs have lyrics like:

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Shush, girl! Shut your lips!/ Do the Helen Keller, and talk with your hips!

B-b-b-bruises cover your arms/ Shaking in the fingers with the bottle in your palm/ And the best is (best is)/ No one knows who you are/ Just another girl alone at the bar

Don’t trust a ho/ Never trust a ho/ Won’t trust a ho/ Cause a ho won’t trust me


But finding offensive, misogynistic lyrics in Hip Hop Land—where many videos are of the couldn’t-get-laid-if-we-couldn’t-couch-cast-bling-bling-swimming-pool-party variety—is like shooting fish in a barrel: too easy. 3OH!3, since it’s inception in whitey-white Boulder (“Tell your boyfriend if he says he’s got beef that I’m a Vegetarian and I ain’t [email protected]#$*ing scared of him”) and going back to their more emo/hipster/rock days, has been a witty, boys-just-wanna-have-fun band that liked to send up hardcore rap by making fun of it. I know Sean very slightly, and many of my friends know them well, and can attest to the fact that they’re both well liked, good guys.

So I’ll end this little post by just saying that when your fanbase is all 16 year old girls, you gotta watch your lyrics. If their irony is easy to miss, you’re not trying hard enough—and you’ll wind up being the soundtrack to someone’s daterape.

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BTW, you want irony? Bitch’sDouchebag” review of 3OH!3 censored 3OH!3’s song title, Punkb*tch.


From way back, filmed in Boulder:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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