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Ingrid Michaelson’s New Music Video Gender Swaps An ’80s Classic

The video homage to Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” is getting mixed reactions from fans.

1. Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson just released a music video for her single “Girls Chase Boys” and at first glance it will seem eerily familiar.

2. That’s because it is a direct restyling of Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” music video from 1988.

3. The videos look nearly identical, except for the fact that Michaelson’s version uses male dancers.

 

4. Michaelson said of her decision:


‘Girls Chase Boys’ started out as a break up song but took on a deeper meaning as I continued writing. More than just being about my experience, its focus shifted to include the idea that, no matter who or how we love, we are all the same. The video takes that idea one step further and attempts to turn stereotypical gender roles on their head. Girls don’t exclusively chase boys, we all know this. We all chase each other and in the end we are all chasing after the same thing: love.”

5. It’s hard to say who does it better:

 

6. Towards the end of the video, Michaelson used both male and female dancers mixed together.

8. Everyone in the video looks stunning.

9. Responses to the video were mostly very positive – with a few exceptions:

11. The singer immediately responded to criticism on Facebook:

12. Nobody messes with Ingrid.

13. Compare the videos for yourself:

14. Michaelson’s brand new album Lights Out is due to be released April 15th of this year.

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