Several days ago I mentioned the pseudo-lesbian Russian pop duo Tatu. In recent developments, the BBC has refused to air the video of the pair's hit song "All The Things She Said," as it contains a brief shot of the two kissing. (Apparently the fact that the video also features non-stop footage of the girls in soaking wet white shirts didn't bother the censors...) Concert footage will appear in the video's place.
A BBC1 spokeswoman confirmed yesterday: “We think it’s too raunchy for our viewers.”
Sun columnist Dominic Mohan decries the move, saying that although the video is "distasteful and tacky," banning it only generates more attention for the duo, and correctly pointing out that pop stars from Elvis onward have pushed the boundaries of sexual convention. Mohan has more of a problem with the depiction of the young girls--age 17 and 18--as sexual objects, but notes that such exploitation is hardly unprecedented in pop music.
Undoubtedly, their clinches and suggestive school uniforms got them noticed initially but they got to No1 because they’ve made a bloody good pop record, a catchy slice of Europop.
This is nothing more than a rather tacky gimmick used to get a record talked about as Britney Spears, or should I say Britney Spears’ record label, did in 1999. And it didn’t do her much harm.
Again, she had a corking record in Baby One More Time but it was the school uniform that got her noticed — and she was only 17 at the time too.
...And don’t forget Madonna was flirting with lesbianism around the time these teenagers were born. It’s all been done before. In Tatu, all that we are seeing is an example of the latest cynical twist on pop marketing.