boobahton post-mortem: are we dead yet?
Ok, so the short “flyer essay” I half-assed got posted on a moombahton facebook group thread that generated 400+ comments. I was made aware yesterday at work and since I was busy, I just monitored it throughout the day trying to figure out if it had any meaning, since most of it seemed like standard boring internet dj chatter. I don’t really care much about the site traffic, but interestingly, I got exactly one comment on the post here. I was hesitant to comment in the facebook thread too, because of all the trolling, all of the comments being twisted, and the ache of APATHY. As a woman music critic of color, I’ve felt out of sync with the target market of dj culture for about a decade. Nothing new to me that my ideas on women and flyer design aren’t stamped with approval.
I am surprised though that this smart counter-argument wasn’t fleshed out: the album covers for reggaeton and cumbia bootlegs from Latin America, as reference points for moombahton, are strictly T&A, so what’s my problem?
Yes, Andy (luh u), you right. It’s about the patriarchy: in Latin America, in dj culture, in Internet forums. Why are people complaining that I’m complaining about that?
You right. Me and Bent were trying to sort it out, but this forum was def productive for that too.
I don’t really know James, but he stepped up as the defender of the blog posts and was super patient, misunderstood at times, became the scapegoat, got kicked out the forum, then reinstated. I nominate him Superintendent of Trolls: 2011.
Munchi is the dude. No matter how much I may question/try to sort out moombahton personally, dude has got THE TOUCH to get this blaquadorian dancing.
Having strong women in your life is a beautiful thing. I love orion’s music and the peligrosa party. That being said, there was a strong anti-academic/ethnomusicology sentiment in the thread that makes me feel like linking to history might be unproductive, but it might be worth googling: tikitech, primitivism, criticism of Josephine baker, the cult of respectability, spicy Latina, how to photograph Africa
GOOD LUCK WITH THAT (this doubles as a @heems tribute post)
J Shep is too real for this world. Still half-regretting my single post to the forum, i doubt that i will again. Everyone who commented (including myself) should perform a ritual seppuku because this is obviously the most important thing any of us have ever done.