First, let’s review Poe’s Law. Without a blatant indication that you’re kidding, any parody is indistinguishable from whatever it’s parodying. Poe’s law refers to extremism or fundamentalism, but think about those Onion article headlines that for a split second you thought were real. In fact, there are people (not you, you’re too savvy) that mistake satire for the real thing all the time.
I reaaaaallly hope I’m about to do that, to take seriously what’s meant in jest.
Because every time Usher’s new song I Don’t Mind comes on the radio, I listen to it with my mouth open in shock. Usher croons about how he doesn’t mind at all that his girlfriend is a stripper because he knows she’s gotta make money somehow.
This is humor, right? Because if it isn’t, I’m completely baffled why I haven’t heard women everywhere decry this song. As much as, yay for Usher for stating he doesn’t mind if his “shawty” dances on a pole because that doesn’t make her a “ho”, NO ONE HAS A PROBLEM WITH THE FACT THAT THE ONLY WAY HIS WOMAN CAN MAKE RENT IS BY BEING AN OBJECT FOR MEN?
Why can’t he write, “Hey I don’t mind/who you serve a summons to/as long as you come home and work on my briefs”? Perhaps, “I don’t mind/all the men you’ve been seeing/because I know you only touch them with your stethoscope”? Or why can’t he not mind his shawty is curing cancer or running a business or, hell, I’ll take the standbys of teaching and nursing? “Yeah, I’m a real man, I’m not threatened that my girlfriend has a profession and that her profession is noble and equal to mine.” That’s a point of view I can support. But that’s definitely not the point of this song. No, no, he’s totally fine with his girlfriend being a stripper, because that means clearly she’s used to being an object and not a human being, therefore she won’t put up a fight or be a problem or have needs. In fact, he can be really thrilled that everyone else thinks of her as an object, but he gets to make the point that he’s the one screwing this particular object.
(In contrast, Ne-yo’s Miss Independent talks about how his girlfriend acts like she’s a boss, pays all her own bills, and pretty much doesn’t need him at all, and he finds that sexy. Oh, Ne-yo, I find you sexy, especially the part where you don’t need me to be less than you to be romantically interested in me.)