Selena Gomez's New Song 'Fetish' Might Be A Little Problematic
    • THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017

    • Posted by: Olivia Lewis


    Selena Gomez just released her new single "Fetish," featuring a verse from Gucci Mane. This is the second single she's released, the other being "Bad Liar," since ending her Revival World Tour in 2016, stating that she needed to take some time to deal with the debilitating effects of lupus. Although Gomez has yet to announce anything about an upcoming album, the release of these singles seems to hint at some kind of follow up to her 2015 album Revival.

    I kind of like the song, and I get the seductive vibes she's going for, but I have a couple issues with this. First of all, the line in the chorus from which the song gets its name - "You got a fetish for my love." It's obviously a pretty important line in the song, but I don't think that's how fetishes really work. Generally fetishes are defined by a particular object or body part, and it could definitely be more of a figurative statement here, but if a guy's just really into you, I feel like calling that a fetish is kind of a weird way to put it. The beginning of Gucci's verse is also cringeworthy - specifically, the lines "The way you walk, the way you talk / I blame you ‘cause it's all your fault." In the context of the song, Selena does say she doesn't "see a point in blaming you," but the wording of those lines is still just… uncomfortable. It sounds like Gucci's basically saying he can't control his urges and it's all the girl's fault, which is, well, problematic.

    Those specific lyrics probably aren't actually that #deep, but the visual that accompanies the audio is my last issue with this release. The aesthetic is cool and the video isn't necessarily unpleasant, but the close up of Selena's glossed lips starts to feel a little weird after a couple minutes. Honestly, I think the video is the most "fetish" thing about this song.
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