Adele’s “Hello” Normalizes Sexual Harassment According To Oakland University’s Gender + Equality Center
There’s a dark side to Adele’s chart-conquering single “Hello” according to the University of Oakland’s Gender + Equality Center. They believe the song normalizes sexual harassment and have distributed warning posters across campus citing the lyric: “I must have called a thousand times.” It sounds like an SNL skit, but spokeswoman Kathy Moxley is using the campaign to publicize Stalking Awareness Month.
“To begin a much needed conversation about harassment on college campuses, the University of Oklahoma Gender + Equality Center used popular songs that students listen to, to attract students’ attention and to bring awareness to subtle messages in popular song lyrics,” Moxley explained to FOX411. “The music examples were used to demonstrate how aspects of popular media could be interpreted to normalize unhealthy relationship behaviors.”
The Gender + Equality Center also circled out Maroon 5’s 2014 hit “Animals,” drawing attention to the lyric: “Baby, I’m preying on you tonight. Hunt you down, eat you alive.” The video for that song had previously come under fire from RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network) for being a “dangerous depiction of a stalker’s fantasy.”