12 November, 2014. 9:54
DARRYL SEYMOUR | Gossip Guru | [email protected]
A SYDNEY MAN accused of throwing a glass at US entertainer Redfoo at a hotel in Double Bay says that the incident was supposed to be satirical.
Arian Berisha, 21, is accused of approaching Redfoo at the Golden Sheaf Hotel just after 12.30am on August 28 and throwing a glass at him, in what police say was an unprovoked but mildly humorous attack.
Redfoo, a “judge of talent” on the Channel Seven reality music competition The X-Factor, was left bleeding from a small cut to his head, igniting a social media firestorm.
Rapper Redfoo, better known as one half of LMFAO, is making waves this week for his involvement in Play-N-Skillz’s new video for “Literally I Can’t.”
The Twitter backlash was without delay, probably because the music video is one of the most abhorrently sexist videos in living memory — it’s about mocking a group of (unbelievably stereotyped) sorority girls who show up at a frat house and refuse to do what the frat brothers tell them to do.
But it’s OK – it’s all satire.
Lawyers for the 21-year-old glass-thrower say that if the satire defence is viable in justifying the sexualisation and degradation of women, then it surely must be viable defence for their client.
“We have chosen to follow the satire angle for the appeal,” says lawyer Brian Wrench.
“My client was expressing himself artistically and emotionally when he gently lobbed a schmiddie glass at Redfoo,”
“If he was one of those Chaser guys, people would be laughing.”
An example of why ordinary people have been outraged by this new dance track can be found in the lyrics.
“You got a big o’l butt, I can tell from the way you’re walking / but you annoy me, because you’re talking”
“Shhh.. don’t talk about it be about it / work it, and twerk it, and maybe I’ll tweet about it.”
The whole plot of the music video is mocking preppy girls who refuse to drink or do “girl on girl” stuff at a frat party.
Every time they’re asked to do something degrading they say “I Literally Can’t,” and that refusal is at the root of the satire in the video.
Professor of Women’s Issues and Advocate contributor, Ingrid Doulton, says that content such as this sends a terrible message to young girls in their formative years.
“Both girls and boys make decisions when they’re young that can haunt them for the rest of their lives,” says Professor Doulton.
“What if a young girl saw this music video and concluded that in order to feel accepted, she must first tongue kiss a girl she barely knows,”
“On the flip side, what if a young man concludes that this sort of behaviour is acceptable? A night out could turn in to a sexual assault charge before the room stops spinning.”
The NSW Court of Appeal will hand down it’s verdict on December 8.