If you only watch one video all week, please do yourself a favor and make it Jenny Lewis‘ video for her single “Just One of the Guys.”
The song comes from her forth coming album The Voyager which is set to drop July 29th. The video, directed by the incredible Jenny Lewis (also of Rilo Kiley and Jenny and Johnny and about a million other collaborations, just in case you can’t quite figure out where to place her face), also stars Anne Hathaway, Brie Larson, Kristen Stewart and Tennessee Thomas as an utterly fabulous girl group.
However the video takes a turn for the even more fabulous when the beautiful ladies don ADIDAS track suits and fake mustaches and dance around as they try to be “just one of the guys.” The video is hilarious, as the ladies bounce back and forth between being serenely feminine and stereotypically macho. When they are women, they are dressed in pristine white suits (well, except for Lewis’ star-spangled rainbow get up that we would like to add to our wardrobe right now) with perfectly done hair and make up. They give off a sense of picturesque purity as they play their respective instruments, shooting flirty eyes to the camera as they sing along. And then this happens.
There is lots of crotch-grabbing, bro-hugs and kick jumps (you know, man stuff) as well as some stellar dancing. The video as a whole is perfection, but it is the individual performances that really make it hilarious. I have a few unpopular opinions when it comes to pop culture. Unless it is Destiny’s Child I am pretty indifferent to Beyonce, I don’t feel any desire to watch Breaking Bad and I absolutely, shamelessly love Kristen Stewart. I feel like she gets a lot of unnecessary hate because she is shy and awkward and young and speaks kind of flatly but her performance in this video is comedic gold and will hopefully show some of the haters that she is, as Mallory Ortberg put it best “a lion in housecat drag.”
I like to think that Lewis’ decision to put both Stewart and Hathaway, two actresses that receive tons of unnecessary hate, was calculated and kind of a subtle middle finger to the masses. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t but even the most vehement of haters cannot deny that their performances in this piece of art are flawless. As flawless as Brie Larson’s hair.
With everyone going on lately with the #YesAllWomen movement on Twitter, the whole Hobby Lobby/SCOTUS debacle and the whole feminist movement in general, this song comes at the perfect time. It is light and laid back but with lines like “There’s only one difference between you & me: When I look at myself all I can see, I’m just another lady without a baby” or “I’m not gonna break for you. I’m not gonna pray for you. I’m not gonna pay for you. That’s not what ladies do,” it is obviously that Lewis has something to say, and she is doing a pretty good job of getting her point across.