Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake are known for their musical
parodies of terrible 90′s R & B. “Dick in a Box” and “Mother Lovers”
both became internet video sensations and it’s highly likely that the
“Golden Rule” will go viral as well, especially since Lady Gaga guest
stars in the video.
I watched this on hulu
recently and the song has been in my head ever since. Specifically the
lyrics: “it’s ok when it’s in a three-way, it’s not gay when it’s in a
three-way.” Hearing those words in my head over and over again got me
thinking about the implications of this video.
You can see this video as funny because of the unconscious desire of the characters and their 90′s ridiculousness.
Or, if you’re homophobic you can attribute the terrible fashion to
gay-ness instead of the 90′s and think that it’s funny “because those
guys were fags after all” (with fag = stupid, lame, disgusting, etc.)
I don’t think Samberg, Timberlake or (especially) Gaga made this
video to be homophobic. I just think there’s a-lot of homophobic people
out there who may take it as funny for the wrong reasons.
According to a user who defined the Devil’s Threesome on Urban
Dictionary.com, “It is the worst ratio to have in a threesome, except of
course 3:0.” These sorts of homophobic sentiments (and much worse
sentiments) are everywhere on the internet, and I’m never sure if the
internet is an accurate representation of what people are really like on
the inside or if it’s just where people go to be their worst selves.
Regardless of the homophobes, I would recommend watching the video
and enjoy it with the idea that Samberg and Timberlake’s characters are
celebrating their bisexuality in the same hilariously inappropriate way
that they mom swapped. My two favorite parts of the video have to be
Gaga walking in on Samberg and Timberlake and “helicopter dick”.