College Students Argue Adele's 'Hello' Normalizes Stalking
When Adele dropped “Hello” and its accompanying video, early responses echoed wonder and a little bit of humor. Critics were thankful Adele was back with a new ballad, and poked a little fun at her use of an early 2000s flip phone in the black-and-white music video.
But lyrics can be interpreted many different ways, and a group of college students think there’s a problematic side to “Hello,” namely the line, “I must have called a thousand times.”
The University of Oklahoma’s Gender + Equality Center included the Adele lyric in series of posters displayed on campus for National Stalking Awareness Month (Jan. 2016).
"The music examples were used to demonstrate how aspects of popular media could be interpreted to normalize unhealthy relationship behaviors,” Gender + Equality Center director Kathy Moxley told Fox News. Specifically, the project argued the “Hello” line unintentionally normalizes stalking.
Another poster used a line from Maroon 5’s “Animals’: "Baby, I'm preying on you tonight. Hunt you down eat you alive.”
The University of Oklahoma’s vice president of public affairs Catherine Bishop told Fox that the school supports the Gender + Equality Center’s campaign.
Moxley clarified the posters weren’t meant to criticize the musicians or their songs; rather, they were intended to provide examples of how media can desensitize people to harassment.
In other words, continue to enjoy 25 -- just don't loiter outside Adele's bus(es) when she's on the road this year.