Let’s All Watch Michael Jackson Pretend Like He Is Going To Rape This Lady

Noted, for the Rape Culture crowd: this video for “The Way You Make Me Feel,” where Michael Jackson pretends like he wants to stalk and rape this beautiful lady, through an alley, at night, while his buddies make “she went that a-way” gestures, came out 12 years after the first Take Back the Night rally was held in the United States. (The first TBTN was actually in Belgium; we believe you will agree that does not count.)

Ghost Michael Jackson, none of us believes you want to rape this lady. We believe you would sooner rape the ground, as you do about 17 minutes in to this eight million minute video, than rape this lady. But that does not mean it is not Rape Culture, because it very much is, and we cannot have been the only 14-year-old in the world in 1987 who was like “what the fuck, this video is very stalky and rapey, is that just us?”

sid and nancyAlso, when we are walking alone, through an alley, at night, the best way to get us to let you fuck us, in an alley, at night, is probably not to thrust your crotch and grab your crotch and thrust and grab your crotch. Instead, the best way to fuck us, in an alley, at night, would probably be zero ways. There are zero ways to fuck us, in an alley, at night, UNLESS YOU WANT TO RAPE US. Which is pretty much precisely our point.

So, great Michael Jackson song! Very rapey video, even for the 1980s! Very cool ending, not at all stolen from Sid & Nancy, the Alex Cox masterpiece of a beautiful love story featuring poisoning trash that came out the year before.

Also, it is quite sad that Michael Jackson believed that stalking and raping a lady in an alley, at night, was a very cool and heterosexual way to do very cool heterosexual sex.

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  • SullivanSt

    Unhappy unpleasant oldtime, people.

  • PhattElvis

    I absolutely LOVED that scene in Sid & Nancy, the punk analogue to “Raindrops Are Fallin’ On My Head,” from Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid.

  • PhattElvis

    Yeah, very stalky-rapey, with the same old canard that “No means Yes.”

  • Indiepalin

    Michale Jackson gave up a carrer in cattle mutilations just so he could entertain us.

  • le_renard_de_velours

    In the modern version, she would have just shot him on sight.

  • Elaine Kurpiel

    Oh, for heavens sake! It’s called poetic license or something like that. It may have been a little better if done in broad daylight with gobs of people around but it would have lost that edgy edge. I give it a 7 because you can dance to it.

  • Lectricboogaloo

    A very good review. The video is the very definition of rape culture. That’s right, deal with it, MJ fans.