“Run the World (Girls)” is a song recorded by Beyonce Knowles in 2011, with the accompanying music video directed by Francis Lawrence. The video displays a post-apocalyptic war-zone in which Knowles and an army of scantily-clad women square off against men in riot gear – all through the use of seductive dance moves. The video ends with Knowles ripping off the military general’s badge and putting it on herself. The aggressive lyrics center on the superiority of women, with much of their power being attributed to their intelligence, money-making abilities, and “persuasion”.
This clip comes from a 2004 episode of MTV's "Making the Video". It features Britney Spears and director Joseph Kahn taking the audience through the video-making process of her song "Toxic". The sexual nature of the video and of the production process is clear from the start. "If MTV approves it, which is a big if, I think you're going to get a nice treat," the director describes.
In this 2007 advertisement for the 2008 Cadillac GTS, actress Kate Walsh is driving the car through a modern city landscape. In a voice-over, she describes the various luxury features of the GTS, but says that the most important feature is, "When you turn your car on, does it return the favor?" and then speeds off into the night. Walsh is most known for her roles on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy and its spin-off, Private Practice, which centers on her character, Dr. Addison Montgomery, a world-class neonatal surgeon.
This is a clip from the 1947 musical comedy film Copacabana. The clip is of a musical number by the film's star Carmen Miranda, a Brazilian singer, dancer and actress who was a celebrity in the 1930s-1950s. In addition to her talent as a performer, she was also known as a sex symbol, marketed as "exotic” and a stereotypical "Brazilian bombshell." Miranda's signature costume was a revealing dress and colorful "tutti-frutti" turban, a glamorized version of the traditional costume of poor Brazilian women of primarily African descent. Miranda first became a star in Brazil, and then in the United States, even performing at the White House. Her career was encouraged by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "Good Neighbor Policy," which sought to improve foreign relations between the United States and Latin America though cultural exchange rather than military intervention. However, as she became more popular in the United States, Miranda became less popular in Brazil. Some Brazilians felt that she was succumbing to American commercialism. Others, particularly the upper class, believed that she was representing Brazil negatively because her image appropriated from the most economically and racially marginalized groups within Brazilian society. In addition, Miranda often played characters from many Latin America countries, and some felt that this lead United States audiences to believe that all Latin American cultures were the same. In this clip, Miranda performs a high-energy version of the Brazilian song "Tico-Tico no Fubá" while other characters-- including her character's husband, played by comedian Groucho Marx-- look on and comment about her performance.
This Campbells soup ad features NFL Quarterback Matt Hasselback, who was playing for the Seattle Seahawks at the time this ad was produced. He is featured in a dark, grainy photograph where he is grim-faced, pumped up, sweaty in his workout clothes and holding a football. In the foreground of the image, a large, color image of Campbell’s Chunky Beef soup is positioned in front of Hasselbeck’s stomach/groin area. The text of the ad reads “Feed your NFL size hunger” and “Big chunks of beef. Big chunks of veggies. It fills you up right.” This last sentence is emphasized with italics.