If it’s one thing you must never try to do with popular social media content, it’s try to remove it. But that’s just what the famous pop group “Beastie Boys” and the record company Universal Music tried to do…
“GoldieBlox Girls Parody Video has gone viral on the Internet, and has been recognized by the press and the public as a parody and criticism of the original song.”
The big boys in the music industry did not find it particularly funny that toy store “Goldiebox” changed the lyrics of the pop boys’ famous refrain.
From: “Girls – to do the dishes; Girls – to clean up my room; Girls – to do the laundry; Girls – and in the bathroom; Girls – that’s all I really want is girls.”
To: “Girls – to build the spaceship; Girls – to code the new app; Girls – to grow up knowing; That they can engineer that; Girls – That’s all we really need is Girls.”
And here’s the pathetic attempt by “Beastie Boys” and Universal Music to take down the popular video:
“In the lyrics of the Beastie Boys’ song entitled Girls, girls are limited (at best) to household chores, and are presented as useful only to the extent they fulfill the wishes of the male subjects. The GoldieBlox Girls Parody Video takes direct aim at the song both visually and with a revised set of lyrics celebrating the many capabilities of girls. Set to the tune of Girls but with a new recording of the music and new lyrics, girls are heard singing an anthem celebrating their broad set of capabilities—exactly the opposite of the message of the original. They are also shown engaging in activities far beyond what the Beastie Boys song would permit. GoldieBlox created its parody video specifically to comment on the Beastie Boys song, and to further the company’s goal to break down gender stereotypes and to encourage young girls to engage in activities that challenge their intellect, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The GoldieBlox Girls Parody Video has gone viral on the Internet, and has been recognized by the press and the public as a parody and criticism of the original song.”
The decision is to be made by a court,
But as far as image is concerned, I don’t think the Beastie Boys need to worry any more – the damage is already done.
When it comes to what the band should and could have done to use the parody video to their advantage, read all about it at Techdirt.com.
“Missed Opportunity: Beastie Boys Should Have Supported Viral Parody Girls Song, Rather Than Claiming Infringement.”
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