'Love Myself' MV Celebrates Female Empowerment and... Masturbation?!
'Love Myself' marks Hailee Steinfeld's first single and music video. After debuting in 'Pitch Perfect 2' earlier this year and showcasing her singing chops on Jessie J's 'Flashlight,' she was quickly given a record deal in May. The music gods spared no time at all and swiftly built on Steinfeld's hype with her new single.
Currently at #96 on the charts and quickly climbing, 'Love Myself' is a hit, but what does it mean?
"Gonna love myself, no I don't need anybody else" is a fine way of saying that you are an independent woman who needs no man. It speaks of female empowerment, strength and a lack of reliance on a man's strength to keep you going.
But the internet would have to disagree. Music websites and Twitter fans alike see Steinfeld's anthem as a song about masturbation. Crazy, right?
Here are some examples, though there are many, showcasing the alleged 'masturbation' lyrics.
"When I get chills at night/ I feel it deep inside without you, yeah/ Know how to satisfy/ Keeping that tempo right without you."
"I'll take it nice and slow/ Feeling good on my own without you, yeah/ Got me speaking in tongues."
"I'm gonna put my body first/ And love me so hard 'til it hurts."
"I'm gonna touch the pain away/ I know how to scream my own name."
With a little bit of critical thinking, anyone could come to the fair conclusion that Steinfeld is referring to masturbation in her song.
But remember that kid in school who laughed at the site of a banana, turning any little thing in the world into a dirty joke? That is everyone on the internet right now.
My advice - If you like the song then listen to it loud or with your headphones on, however you like it, and if you happen to detest it, then take 'Love Myself' off your playlist and go listen to One Direction's 'Drag Me Down.'
This song could be about female empowerment, it may even be about masturbation, but let's not read into it and just enjoy Steinfeld's song for what it is - a sweet hit that lingers on the ears and makes you want to shout out loud. In the end, who cares what 'Love Myself' is about?