Bridgit Mendler: Blonde Meaning
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anonymous May 5th report
Not a native speaker, but I think I got this:
She starts singing about how she's hitting on somebody by acting as if they had asked her for her number the other day. The other person asks what they talked about and she lies, giving unnecessary details 'with my brother','cloudy skies', 'had to get home', to make it more believable that she really believes what she says. Finally they ask what their name was and she readily explains that she forgot their name.
Immediately, the refrain comes in 'I'm a blond soul, excuse me.', explaining why she can get away lying to people, because they think that she's too dumb to make sense. Through this punchline, she also makes it clear that she made up the whole story, that she hit on somebody like that and says that she's sorry for fooling us, the audience, into believing her for a moment. Why did we believe her? Because she's a blonde. In the music video, when she sings 'I get crazy' this first time, she pushes her lower jaw forwards while saying 'crazy', possibly emphasizing how sick she is of hearing blondes called 'crazy'. Singing 'and everybody knows we're a little more fun...', she enacts the stereotype, talking in a silly way, directly accusing us of how atrociously terrible our general idea of blondes is.
She doesn't use the silly voice and facial expressions she used before in the video (she has fun with it, but not in a clear enough way) to give a few silly examples. It's pretty clear that these are to be taken seriously and not again as a parody of her being a stupid blonde. To me, she introduces herself again as a real person now and at the same time makes the indirect claim: Having read a certain book other people have read, being a college graduate or quoting Shakespeare in your sleep aren't things that make you smarter, so being a blonde shouldn't be perceived as something that makes you dumber. It's not absolutely clear, but still clear enough. All in all, she also simply gives examples of what the stereotype is about and with the 'but I could quote Shakespeare...' in there she implies that she would like to escape the stereotype.
In the interlude where she makes a parody of a blonde trying to escape the stereotype through things the 'stupid blonde' would think of the other two singers saying 'no o o' after each of the two examples, gives the impression that this the inner monologue of a blonde who's currently suffering under the stereotype and doesn't believe there's a way out. Especially because she sings 'oh oh oh' over them the second time, already knowing what they would say. This desperation is made more clear when she ends with the last lyrics before the last refrain 'so they know, everybody knows, that I'm not dumb d dumb dumb dumb.'
I love how the song manages to be funny and also make a shit ton of points. Also most cynical start into a song I've ever heard.
anonymous Sep 30th 2020 report
that all blondes are never just boring blondes can be crazy aswell she's trying to get across that blondes are are the same as all different hair colours, Like when she says maybe if I dyed my hair you'll take me serious, The message she's trying to get across is don't judge someone over there hair colour or anything else.
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