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Beastie Boys complain about feminist parody

Beastie Boys complain about feminist parody

Toy company GoldieBlox have created an advert for their products which parodies the Beastie Boys 1987 single ‘Girls’. In it they take the original Beastie lyrics, which range from sexist to misogynist, and replace them with empowered alternatives to help interest girls in scientific careers. The Hollywood Reporter has printed a comparison:

“In the original song, the Beasties sang: "Girls -- to do the dishes/ Girls -- to clean up my room/ Girls -- to do the laundry/ Girls -- and in the bathroom/ Girls, that's all I really want is girls." The video replaces those lyrics with: "Girls -- to build the spaceship/ Girls -- to code the new app/ Girls -- to grow up knowing/ That they can engineer that/ Girls. That's all we really need is girls."”

The advert went viral, garnering seven million views. But there’s a problem, and that’s the Beasties complaining that the ad infringes copyright. GoldieBlox deny this, claiming fair use as a parody. Whether there’s a lawsuit remains to be seen. We’ve put the video below so you can see.

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