Casual Misogyny Ruins a Great Song: Patent Pending’s “Hey Mario”

My good friend Jake sent me this song the other day, needing some place to vent. And he’s right. It’s totally fine to pander to a 15-year-old audience, and to write a classic “You gotta move on, stop thinking about that girl” type song. Nothing wrong with that! And doing it through the veil of Mario? Even better! But to tear down and insult the woman (Princess Peach, in this example, who’s not only a Princess, but a badass fighter in her own right) is not only unnecessary, but it also contributes to many of the larger problems that plague our culture, by sending the message that this is right, this is okay.

I’m not particularly a fan of Patent Pending, but it’s nice to see that their singer took some time to respond to Jake’s blog post and apologize. I know it’s a popular trend these days to rail against apologies that “aren’t good enough,” but personally, I don’t subscribe to that belief. If it seems sincere, I’ll take it, so long as it comes with the promise — and delivery — that next time, you’ll do better, because that’s all that any of us can really do.

Jacob Wake Up!

Dear Patent Pending,

I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed.

I’m a big fan of the band. Really. I remember seeing you in small halls in CT when Gary booked you. I think the song Douchebag brilliantly calls out jerks. I think She Only Wants My Blood is clever in an MTX kind of way. Spin Me Around and One Less Heart to Break practically made me cry.

So obviously, I was totally stoked for your new video. In fact, in this moment, I’m still stoked. I’ve already watched it three times.

And I’m watching the video, rocking out… and the line about “chasing this %$&@ forever” comes. Okay, you bleeped it out, you knew it was wrong. But, the line “ain’t never let a ho get em down” stopped me in my tracks. Was it really necessary? It wasn’t.

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