Thanks to the many brave people who stood up against Harvey Weinstein last year (now a defamed Hollywood director), a sweeping movement of empowerment has taken place. The hashtag, ‘#metoo’ denounced wrongfully commonplace sexual harassment, as more and more accusations came to light against those who have for too long, kept their abuse of power hidden in the shadows.
Yet, ‘TENLo’ – an American duo that form a rock band – have referenced Weinstein in a more than usual way. The music video accompanying their song ‘Kill All The Things’ doesn’t just show actor Dustin Diamond playing Harvey Weinstein, it is directly stated. Yes, Dustin Diamond, known for his role in Saved by the Bell and the odd porn or reality show stint, that Dustin Diamond.
The video, crammed with alcohol, drugs and religious symbols, twists the accounts of Weinstein’s abuse by flipping the gender. It is Weinstein that is lured to a hotel in this instance and a woman who waits for him. The nun costume that makes an appearance, the rosary beads, the flashing red and the graphic ending of Weinstein meeting his demise just makes me question the video more.
What point is trying to be made? Is the whole point just to draw attention to the video but not the specific issues at hand? Could it be the false sense of security behind religion that is portrayed here? Because surely, a religious figure, such as a nun, could not pose a threat to the average individual… Just as a trusted, globally renowned film director, wouldn’t pose a threat to upcoming and well-known actresses, right? Is ‘Sister Mary Rose’, the seductive female character, justified in her actions because ‘hey Weinstein sucks right’? Or is this simply a video about visual perception and appeal? Illustrating that we are far from revealing what really goes on behind closed doors. A spine-chilling thought…
In terms of relevance to the actual song, I struggle to see the correlation between lyrics and visuals. Obviously music videos aren’t always meant to directly relate – it’s an art form; lyrics aren’t a script for what the video should look like. However, with TENLo choosing such a sensitive subject and such a disliked figure literally being stabbed, I would have liked to see a little more reasoning.
Anyway, check out the video here to decide for yourself.
Text: Jessica Saunders
Images: TENLo Facebook Page, Huffington Post, YouTube, Hollywood Reporter.