“When the man talks, the woman shouldn’t argue,” says the lyrics of this all new Ramy Sabry song that apparently tackles the ethics of a balanced relationship from the perspective of the song’s writer Wael Tawfik. This upbeat track goes on and on about how the woman should be understanding of her partner if she wants the relationship to last. Moreover, the song states that she must say “Hader” (Okay) and the following day she must not forget what he has told her. While some might consider this a mere tune that doesn’t signify anything wrong with our society, it is evident that our art is a portrayal of our core beliefs.
“A fair share of singers now seek attention through absurd lyrics, they don’t just want to be heard, they want to be talked about!”
To be fair, Ramy Sabry isn’t the pioneer of the Si El Sayed music genre, as Tamer Hosny has lead the way down that road when he enlightened us with the song, “Ah Ana Sy el Sayed w Kalamy howa el hymshy” (Yes, I am Sy el Sayed and whatever I say will happen!). It appears that the trend nowadays is to go all 1980s on women in order to create a nice track, except this “moustache”-symbolled song isn’t anywhere near nice. Reflective art should reinforce the development and progress of society and upgrade its perceptions rather than perpetuate its flaws and sing melodies of deterioration.
“Men are just as involved in this promotional game”
The common factor in these works is utilizing the adoption of street language and extreme lyrics as a commercial way of producing music that generates controversy. A fair share of singers now seek attention through absurd lyrics, they don’t just want to be heard, they want to be talked about!
People’s responses to this track has varied quite a lot. Some women were absolutely cynical of it:
While other women were completely supportive of it even ones that were aware of its toxicity.
On a whole other level of real societal issues, some men tagged their female partners so they can listen to Ramy’s instructions of a song!
And what proves that this is more than just “a song” is the fact that some women tagged their partners saying things like “This is exactly what you tell me”. One woman was even seriously wondering if her fiancée is the one who wrote the lyrics.
It is not “just a song”, it is not “just a movie” or “just a phrase” that you say and you don’t mean. Sexism can be found in our every detail, in our language, in our literature, in our songs, and in our subconscious. And it is not just women who fall victims for poor lyrics, men are just as involved in this promotional game as the consequences of rooting such false ideas can only affect a relationship as a whole and not just a partner.
Our main societal catastrophe lies in our perceptions of a “man” and a “woman” and with these hideous lyrics distorting any progress it is rather hard to hold on to concrete progress.