New pop song encourages girls to give phone numbers to creeps
Published: Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2012 15:07
To some, “Call Me Maybe” may just be a dumb pop song that’s playing nonstop on the radio. To others, it may just be the push they need to hand their number over to an axe murderer.
“I just met you, and this is crazy, but here’s my number, call me maybe,” singer Carly Rae Jepson sings.
Upon first listen, it may sound like a cute tune sung by a cute girl about building up the guts to hand over her phone number to a possible romantic interest she just met.
When you take the deeper implications of the lyrics into consideration, however, the song is about handing a complete stranger your phone number while ignoring your intuition that’s telling you that “this is crazy.”
Next thing you know you’re singing “I just met you, and this is crazy, but I’m going to hop into your white van with no windows.”
The message of this song is not that you should have the courage to attempt to connect with someone you may be romantically interested in; the message in this song is to ignore your intuition and common sense when it’s telling you that this situation can have dangerous results.
It all goes back to your childhood and your mother teaching you not to talk to strangers.
Not only is this song glorifying talking to complete strangers, but it’s even telling you it’s OK to hand them something as personal as your phone number.
What if that person you give your number to is wanted in six states for murder? If your guts are telling you that “this is crazy,” then it’s crazy!
Trust your instincts. You don’t live in a pop song; people get killed in real life.
The song then goes on to say “and all the other boys, try to chase me, but here’s my number, call me maybe.”
That’s like telling a murderer “hey, I have a lot of people who are interested in me, better kill me while you have the chance.”
Don’t give strangers your phone number — they may be ax murderers.
Jack Chavdarian is a senior journalism major and the assistant social media editor for the Daily 49er.