Lena Dunham Has Some Reservations About Justin Bieber’s New Single “What Do You Mean?”
Justin Bieber’s comeback is shaping up to be a massive success with new single “What Do You Mean?” sitting at number one on iTunes with a predicted first-week sales tally of 300,000+ downloads. However, the song has one notable celebrity detractor. Girls creator Lena Dunham jumped on Twitter last night (August 31) and lamented: “Let’s do away with pop songs where a girl nods yes when she means no and vice versa, k?” (Lyrics from the Skrillex/PooBear-produced hit).
The implication appears to be that Justin is promoting rape culture by sending a mixed message about consent. While the lyric is deeply unfortunate out of context, it doesn’t have an obvious sexual connotation in the song and ties into the overall theme of miscommunication between the sexes. More disturbing is the abduction scenario in the video, which finds the 21-year-old arranging to have his girlfriend kidnapped… so they can get into a party. See Lena’s tweet below.
Let's do away with pop songs where a girl nods yes when she means no and vice versa, k?
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 31, 2015