Dear Patent Pending,
I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed.
I’m a big fan of the band. Really. I remember seeing you in small halls in CT when Gary booked you. I think the song Douchebag brilliantly calls out jerks. I think She Only Wants My Blood is clever in an MTX kind of way. Spin Me Around and One Less Heart to Break practically made me cry.
So obviously, I was totally stoked for your new video. In fact, in this moment, I’m still stoked. I’ve already watched it three times.
And I’m watching the video, rocking out… and the line about “chasing this %$&@ forever” comes. Okay, you bleeped it out, you knew it was wrong. But, the line “ain’t never let a ho get em down” stopped me in my tracks. Was it really necessary? It wasn’t.
I know what you’re thinking. “What is with this PC asshole?” It’s not about me being a pain in the ass. It’s actually about not being a jackass. I don’t mind the cliches about hanging out with your friends, “friendzoning,” and telling a guy that the girl’s not worth it. But if you’re going to go down the pop/punk road of “being on the outside looking in,” then casually throwing around the word “ho” is problematic. You’re clever and could make me laugh without using the words you chose to use. You’ve got a voice and people are listening. 100,000 plays in 3 days is nothing to scoff at.
Let’s be clear, I’m still a fan. I just want you to do better because I know you can. Belatedly, I’m going to chip in on your Pledge Music campaign because I want you to be successful and I want you to record more tunes; tunes that don’t rely on lyrics that put women down.