Lil Dicky’s word choice falls flat in “Freaky Friday”
In his hit song, "Freaky Friday" featuring Chris Brown, Lil Dicky takes a left turn in the lyrical script, according to staffer Emersyn Brown.
April 18, 2018
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Killer beat. Catchy lyrics. But do some things go overboard?
Lil Dicky’s new song, “Freaky Friday” featuring Chris Brown and a few brief appearances from other artists, has its ups and downs.
At the beginning of the song, it starts off with Chris Brown singing and describing what it’s like to be in a new body from Lil Dicky’s point of view.
However, it quickly took a wrong turn when Chris Brown said the N-word over five times. In the context of the song, the repetitive use of this racial slur rubs me the wrong way. Being a black teenager and having this said to me in any condescending way makes me upset. I am truly conflicted because a black man is saying the word but Lil Dicky, a white man, is supposedly in his (Brown’s) body and he was the one who made the choice to say it.
A lot of people believe the word should only be said among the black community, while others feel as though it should never be said at all. I personally lean towards the former. Although the word is a slur, there is a history behind it, and that history should be respected.
Along with the N-word aspect of the song, there is another part at the end that makes my skin itch. When the song is ending, Lil Dicky goes into Ed Sheeran’s body, DJ Khaled’s body, and then lastly, Kendall Jenner’s body.
The part that speaks to me in all the wrong ways is the Kendall Jenner part. As a feminist, Lil Dicky’s objectification of women in the three lines that Kendall had in the whole song sent me over the edge. All Dicky chose to talk about was the fact that she has a vagina and he has full access to it. As a woman, I would expect Kendall to want more respect put towards women.
Although this can be taken as funny and humorous, the objectification of women bewilders me. I am annoyed and displeased by the thought that women still can’t be treated or spoken about like they’re worth more than their bodies. This one part could easily give men of any age, especially young teenagers, the idea that women are only for pleasure and not to be respected.
Although Freaky Friday has two major things in it that could change the perspective of the song for some people, it is a good song that deserves recognition for a new take of an old movie.