On International day of the Girl a Song Mocking Trumps "It's a scary time to be a Man" goes Viral


#1

Happy International day of The Girl, Girls.

This is so brilliant.

Lynzy Lab

Published on Oct 7, 2018

It’s a very scary time for men and boys. So I wrote a song about it. It goes like this!


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‘A Scary Time’: A Texas woman’s catchy YouTube song mocks Trump and goes viral

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Standing in front of a camera, Lynzy Lab smiles, laughs and says that she wrote a song. The vertical camera view shows Lab, a dance lecturer at Texas State University, holding her ukulele in a YouTube video published Sunday. Days earlier, President Trump described how the national debate surrounding the sexual misconduct accusations made against Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh represents “a very scary time for young men.”

“It’s a really scary time for dudes right now,” she tweeted early Monday. “So I wrote a song about it.”

It was the president’s line that made for the inspiration for “A Scary Time,” a catchy political satire that’s become an unlikely viral sensation in the days following Trump’s comments and Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the highest court in the land.

“I can’t walk to my car late at night while on the phone. I can’t open up my windows when I’m home alone,” she said. “I can’t go to a bar without a chaperone. And I can’t wear a miniskirt if it’s the only one I own.”

Though Lab never directly mentions Trump or the newest Supreme Court justice, perhaps the most poignant part of the song comes with her use of the term “35 years,” a reference to how long ago Christine Blasey Ford alleges Kavanaugh assaulted her at a high school party. The verse also reflects the time period of the second accusation from Deborah Ramirez, who said Kavanaugh assaulted her at a dorm party at Yale. (Kavanaugh denies the allegations.)

“I can’t jog around the city with headphones on my ears. I can’t speak out against my rapist after 35 years. I can’t be taken seriously if I’m holding back tears,” Lab sang while plucking the ukulele. “And I can’t ever speak earnestly about all my fears.”

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Trump: ‘It’s a very scary time for young men in America’

When answering questions about Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh on Oct. 2, President Trump said, “It’s a very scary time for young men in America.” (The Washington Post)

By the end of a two-and-a-half-minute song that lists a number of everyday situations as to why it’s “a scary time” not for men but for women, Lab morphed into the newest feminist voice of the Democratic resistance — even receiving celebrity endorsements — with her tune acting as a protest anthem for those frustrated with Trump or Kavanaugh just weeks away from the midterm elections.

The success of “A Scary Time” is in the numbers. Since the YouTube video was published, it has gotten more than 438,000 views as of early Wednesday. The video on Instagram has racked up more than 40,000 likes. On Twitter, it has earned more than 220,000 likes and nearly 100,000 retweets. Before tweeting out the video on Monday, Lab, who now has more than 50,000 followers, hadn’t posted to her account since March 2016. And a video of Lab’s song posted on Facebook by NowThis Politics, the political channel of the video news content company, has been viewed roughly 28 million times since Monday.

“I did not expect such an overwhelming response,” Lab, a performance artist in San Marcos, Tex., told HuffPost on Tuesday.

It was a response that got attention from the likes of actor Mark Ruffalo, who offered his support on Monday.

“Listen to women like @MercedesLynz to give you an idea of the world as they experience it,” Ruffalo tweeted. The Marvel actor added: “We are evolving toward greater equality, which is a great thing for us ALL. Don’t be afraid to have greater awareness. It can not harm you nor diminish you.”

On Tuesday, Ellen DeGeneres, the popular daytime television talk show host, offered a one-word agreement to Lab’s performance: “Yup.”

But it hasn’t been all celebratory for Lab, as supporters of Trump, Kavanaugh or both have questioned her motivations. With Lab becoming a viral star in recent days, she took to Twitter early Wednesday to clear up whatever perceptions people have made about her or her reasoning for making the video.

“I’m not here to delegitimize men’s struggles. I’m just hoping that we can finally start legitimizing women’s,” she tweeted. “Regardless of what you’ve decided about me, I’m not ‘anti-men’. I am, however, super ‘pro-women’. You should be too.”


#2

Cringe


#3

I would yes it in the dj thread.


#4

That pretty well sums you up.


#5

It is catchy.


#6

The ■■■■?


#7

OK smart ■■■. What’s the cringe part? Is it the fact that a strong woman is singing a song that highlights the maltreatment of women in a world where they should feel safe to roam the streets, leave a glass unattended in a bar or be able to wear whatever the fark they want?


#8

Quirky girls playing uke on YouTube are very 2006.
And it was kind of cringy then.

Still, catchy.


#9

Wim summed it up. The uke, the sarcasm, the cliches. It’s the cringe trifecta


#10

I dunno, “International Day of the Girl” is pretty Cringy.

Actually, International Day of anything is.


#11

Hmmm. When we’ve just had 6 women killed in 5 days by men I think anything that highlights their everyday plight is worth embracing.


#12

I imagine some blokes who can’t sing, can’t play a musical instrument, have never written a song, and/or have no Girlfriend might not get the point of it,

…, or how well put together, witty, forthright and cutting the lyrics are,

That’s their problem.


#13

I am against this.


#14

Yeah and writing sarcastic bitchy songs about it will definitely help.


#15

Like I said. I make my judgements from your comments.


#16

You’re free to do so.


#17

Where in the Middle East does she live?


#18

I think the part where she is free to do all the things she referred to.


#19

Pretty sure she’s ripped off the melody from the song the daughter sings in Moneyball


#20

That would be unusual, … and almost unforgivable to do that, …