Fly Young Red’s “Throw That Boy P***y” Video: Sexy Or Sexist?
Here’s a quick game: Can you guess what this song is about based on its passionate lyrics?
Clap that a** in a split, let me see you clap that a** like a b**ch
Yeah, I’m tryin’ to get you back home, see if you can clap that a** on this d**k
I see you over there twerkin’, that a** got my attention
I’ll hit your a** with this d*ck, send that a** home limpin’
What’s your real name, not your Jack’d name
Bend it over, bust it open, bring it back man
Hold it open, imma eat it, like a Pacman
I’m tryin’ to beat it out the frame and give you back pains
For some, these majestic Shakespearean-like sonnets read like the typical misogynistic yarn used to denigrate women, a yarn that has been employed by most of today’s top 40 hip-hop artists. However, would you be surprised if I said you were half-correct? While definitely hip-hop and possibly denigrating, these lyrics are not aimed at women, but rather men. Likewise, the song was written and performed by another man.
His name is Fly Young Red and he is a New Orleans-based (or Houston, depending on who you ask) emcee who is blowing up the Internet right now with the catchy tune, Throw That Boy Pu**y (but for the purpose of this post and our filters, let’s called it b-ussy). According to his YouTube channel, the song is the first single off of the upcoming mixtape Pretty Boy Realness. However, the best part of this story is the actual video, which features a bunch of faceless dudes bent over in little black shorts, popping, dropping and even a throwing a couple of splits in for posterity. So far, the video has garnered more than 200k hits on YouTube.
For those with cheap data plans or filters on your work computers…The best way to describe it is as shameless, crass, and freaking awesome all wrapped into one! Seriously, not since Nikki D’s “Freak Out” has there been this much unadulterated bouncing of male flesh in a hip-hop video. And according to Gawker, when he was asked about the inspiration behind such fine lyricism and visual imagery, Fly Young Red had this to say:
A few good ni**as…nah I saw a ni**a dancing in the club that I wanted to f**k so I made a song about it..
After years of women being eye candy and disembodied body parts in music videos, as well as in advertisements and in film and television, I have to say I am really enjoying the video for the total role reversal that is happening here. This isn’t some corny, I’m-gonna-play-with-sexist-archetypes-while-still-abiding-by-them sort of objectification, as witnessed in J Lo’s “I Luh Ya Papi” music video. No, this is backside-of-the-balls-in-your-face objectification. And the misandrist (not a real thing) in me takes great delight at watching straight men in particular, wince and squirm at the 3-D visualization of the old saying about homophobia: The fear that another man will treat you like you treat women.
But is this actually progressive? Regardless if it’s another male doing it, it kind of still feeds into the patriarchal ideas that bodies are objects for someone else’s entertainment and even financial gain, particularly men. Even calling it pu**y–oops, or b-ussy, puts the whole sexual act into a feminine space, which is then being used in the song and in the video to the benefit of the more masculine/or dominant figure.
Honestly, the giddy side of me thinks it’s kind of cool that a gay male hip-hop artist is speaking some unabashed sexual truths over a pretty decent track (I was bouncin’) but I do wonder if we champion it at the expense of pushing some of the same troupes, which kind of reinforce not just sexism, but homophobia in the first place?