One woman just added a feminist twist to the lyrics of a Drake hit, and it's pretty damn awesome.
On Oct. 3, 27-year-old Javetta Laster rewrote the lyrics to "Hotline Bling" in a Facebook post. Her new words give the song, which was originally released this past July and got a much-discussed video full of (not so fresh) dance moves just this week, a distinctively feminist bent.
Here is a sample of Drake's original "Hotline Bling" lyrics:
These days, all I do is wonder if you're bendin' over backwards for someone else.
And here is a sample of the rewritten feminist lyrics from Laster:
These days, all I do is wonder if you are in a consensual relationship with someone who is still here in the city where I left you.
Let's take another look at the two sets of lyrics. From Drake:
Why you never alone? Why you always touching road? Used to always stay at home, be a good girl. You was in the zone, yeah. You should just be yourself. Right now, you're someone else.
And Laster's spot-on "translation":
You used to stay at home and be someone I saw fitting into the patriarchal expectations of women to be infantilized good "girls" which is some bizarre father/daughter husband/wife dynamic left over from women being considered adult children & property.
Read Laster's full post below to bask in the genius of her feminist translation.
Well done, Javetta. Drake would definitely bust an awkward move or two to these lyrics.
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