On This Day in PinkHistory… 20th March 2006

On This Day in PinkHistory… 20th March 2006, Stupid Girls was released in the UK

Tagged as Pink’s ‘comeback’ single, Stupid Girls was released as the first single from Pink’s forth album, I’m Not Dead, in the UK on 20th March 2006 (February in USA). [B-side: Heartbreaker]

It peaked at number four on the UK singles chart, becoming Pink’s highest charting single in the UK since Feel Good Time in 2003.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling said on her official website that “Stupid Girls is the antidote-anthem for everything I had been thinking about women and thinness”

The music video was directed by Dave Meyers and premiered on MTV’s broadband channel Overdrive in January 2006. Pink shot the video at the same time as U + Ur Hand before a decision was made about what the first single should be. Pink described the video as “sick and twisted and insane” and said of Meyers, “He has an insane imagination. I don’t think everyone else is going to laugh, but just know that we all did.” Pink did her own stunts for the video.

Characters:

The video shows Pink as an angel and a demon who try to influence the future of a young girl. The angel shows her a series of images demonstrating the stupidity of current trends in female celebrity, and the images feature Pink in various roles, including a dancer in a 50 Cent video, a girl attempting to attract the attention of an instructor at the gym, a girl who uses her emergency inflatable breasts at a bowling alley, a girl at a tanning salon, a girl with purging disorder who considers calories “so not sexy”, an old woman in a pink tracksuit who looks as if she is trying too hard to look young, a girl getting plastic surgery, a girl making a sex tape, a girl washing her car and rubbing a facecloth and soap all over herself, and a girl who goes into what looks like a pet shop, buys an “itsy bitsy doggy” with the advertisement that it “stays younger longer”, and drives her car so carelessly while putting on makeup that she runs over two people. Pink also plays characters meant to represent the opposite of “stupid girls”, such as a female president and a girl winning a game of football. The video ends with the girl choosing a football (fitness), a computer (work), books (knowledge and adequate education), dance shoes (love), and a keyboard (leisure) over makeup (vanity) and a set of dolls (children) as she wants a normal life and the images are too overwhelming for her; the demon is defeated.

Some of the negatively portrayed characters in the video are parodies of young female celebrities such as Mary-Kate Olsen, who provides the basis for the Boho-chic dressing style of the girl who visits a Fred Segal clothing store.The redheaded girl who accidentally hits pedestrians with her car is a parody of Lindsay Lohan. The scene in which Pink washes a car in a bikini is a parody of similar scenes in the video for Jessica Simpson’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin” (2005)and a 2005 Carl’s Jr. television commercial featuring Paris Hilton. The digital video shots showing Pink in bed with a man parallel those in the Paris Hilton sex tape 1 Night in Paris. The scene where Pink portrays a blonde coming into a bathroom throwing up food in order to be skinny (portraying bulimia) is reported to be portraying Nicole Richie. Towards the end in the video, a middle-aged woman with leathery skin appears next to a hot pink Honda S2000, which is exactly the same car driven by Devon Aoki in the film 2 Fast 2 Furious.

Lyrics:

PinkHistory’s favourite performances of Stupid Girls:

Wikipedia, Youtube

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