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    Here's Why Justin Bieber's "Sorry" Video Is So Fucking Amazing

    And it's not why you think.

    Okay, so Justin Bieber released the dance version of his video for "Sorry" earlier this week.

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    Tbh, we're having a lot of deep feelings about this video. Just look at this crew of loveliness contained within.

    The vid features ReQuest and Royal Family dance crews out of Auckland, NZ, and dancer Parris Goebel, and they are on fire. πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

    Goebel also directed the video, which may be why the vid manages to avoid the male gaze so much.

    So yeah, there are all these babes, and no Bieber, which effectively renders them the subject, rather than the object of the video.

    I mean, how many times have you watched a music video where the dancer's bodies have become nothing more than sexualized, fetishized window dressing for the performer? These women have tons of agency.

    Yassss kween! AGENCY. Without the glare of the male gaze, without a man to objectify them or place them within a specific frame, these dancers are free to just ENJOY. THEMSELVES.

    (If you wanna read more about the male gaze, there's Laura Mulvey's essay Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema).

    Their dance moves are about taking up space, claiming ground and subverting the traditional role dancers tend to fill in music videos β€” which is to act as a sexual foil for the singer.

    So also? They're kind of ridiculing Bieber's heartfelt lyrics as they're singing them.

    They're kinda like, yeaaaaah whatever Bieber, you're the clown prince of fuckboydom.

    Plus, the dancers keep their sunglasses on throughout the vid, which is a total boss move.

    And again, acts to protect their subjectivity. They're not here for YOU. They're here to DANCE.

    They're feeling themselves and each other. This isn't about some dude in the room. This purely a dialogue between women for women.

    Which might be why it's such an unmitigated joy to watch.

    Shine on, glorious women.