Writing about Hostel 2 recently, Rich Juzwiak raised the old question about the infamous I Spit On Your Grave: “Is this director Meir Zarchi’s parable for women’s struggles and the strength needed to overcome them, or is it a 20-minute porno wrapped in 80 minutes of bullshit?” Which bring us to Simian Mobile Disco’s most recent video for “Hustler,” which raises a similar question on a much-smaller scale:
Does the “Hustler” video, as the NME and so many others seem to believe, “send up glamour girl culture”? Or is it just an excuse to have a bunch of women dressed like American Apparel models debase themselves by writhing around in their own filth for four minutes? Answer: probably the latter, unless you think multi-colored vomit and shiny bikinis are actually an effective critique of hypersexualized culture. But who knew vintage low-budget torture porn and indie-dance could have so much in common?
Simian Mobile Disco – “Hustler” [YouTube]