Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Art or Arbitrary? "We Can't Stop" Music Video Is Confusing On Purpose

Art or Arbitrary? 'We Can't Stop' Music Video Confusing on Purpose

Miley Cyrus' new single “We Can't Stop” has been called a lot of things, not many of them good.  The 20-year old pop star makes her boldest departure yet from her past as a Disney teen star with a music video laden with blatant sexual imagery.

On Tuesday, Rolling Stone magazine published an interview with music video director Diane Martel about some of the more confusing moments in the video, like the hot dog pinata and french fry skull. (Martel is known for having directed the controversial music video for Robin Thicke's new song “Blurred Lines.”)

Without giving too much of the article away, the origins of the frenzied party visuals in the video were spontaneous and haphazard. Many were based on a “nasty prop-shop find,” or stories from a four-day party Miley once threw for her friends. Knowing that the rule for this video was, in essence, craziness, the video seems a lot less like an avant-garde adventure and more like a bad hangover memory.

Some people consider this video to be art, but Axis disagrees. So what do you think? Is “We Can't Stop” art? Comment below and continue the discussion...