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Literally I Can’t…Deal With This Song – An Analysis Of The Video For 'Literally I Can't'

A quick look at the video "Play-N-Skillz - Literally I Can't (ft. Redfoo, Lil Jon, Enertia McFly)" which has caused a stir online. Redfoo says the song isn't sexist. You can see for yourself.

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The music video starts out with a group of what I assume to be stereotypically “ditzy” sorority girls who are not impressed with the drunken frat party they see before them.

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Once inside, they are asked a series of questions. The women reject the advances of the men and show they are not interested.

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A shot of vodka? – I can’t.

Tequila? – I can’t.

After party? – I can’t.

Want to dance? – I can’t.

With your friends? – I can’t.

Girl on girl? – I can’t.

This displeases Lil Jon, who proclaims: “What?! Oh my god, shut the f**k up!"

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The men in the room then surround the women and start dancing, ignoring their stated lack of interest in partaking in the party activities. The women are disgusted by the intrusion into their personal space.

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Redfoo then appears and raps a verse, harassing a woman in the process.

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He tells that woman, who is visibly disgusted by him, that “You got a big ol’ butt, I can tell by the way you walkin’. But you an annoying [beep], because you’re talking.”

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It has been proposed that the bleeped word is "slut", making the lyric: "But you an annoying slut, because you’re talking.”

Redfoo goes on to rap about how one of the women should “bounce on the pogo, jump on the jackhammer” (an undeniable reference to his genitals) and says he will Instagram her during the act of sex.

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Next he approaches one of the women at the party and patronizing tells her to shush. “Shhh, don’t talk about it be about it. Work it, twerk it and maybe I’ll tweet about it.”

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And then he tells the women to shush, once again, because “I said jump on the pole; I didn’t need your opinion…”

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And he further showcases his disregard for the human qualities of these women, ignoring the fact that they are people with thoughts and feelings who do not appreciate his advances, by saying: "Girl I’m sipping on this drink, trying to see what you got, not hear what you think.”

Redfoo’s friends then repeat their questions to the women (hoping to get a different response to the last time). The women refuse their advances once again.

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Lil Jon, unimpressed by their continuing lack of interest in joining the party, again tells the girls to “shut the f**k up”.

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And they are then made to feel physically uncomfortable once again.

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Now, in enters Enertia McFly who raps a few verses. He tells the women what he is trying to do (he is trying to get their “fine ass on the dance floor”).

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During this time two of the women are dragged against their wills into a small paddling pool.

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Someone holding their phone open to the website Redtube then inexplicably appears.

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Perhaps this is meant to highlight the intent of the men at the party to engage the women in erotic activities or it is a reference to Redfoo’s earlier verse about Instagramming the women – he may intend to make a sex tape and put the video on the internet.

Then, for a third time, the same questions are repeated to the women – one of whom is trying to leave, looking like she is distressed.

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Both Lil Jon and Redfoo this time scream into her ear to “shut the f**k up” and she leaves.

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Facing criticism for sexism, Redfoo's response on Twitter was as follows:

He also says the word “slut” never appears in the lyrics because the word is bleeped.
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He also says the word “slut” never appears in the lyrics because the word is bleeped.

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