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This song is a couple years old, but I only heard it for the first time the other day. Perhaps I’m becoming much like the target of the song:
This is a chant and a taunt, similar to the types of taunts cheerleaders send across the bow of an opposing team that Ke$ha wrote after getting hit on by an older man at a bar. Like cheers, the song is intended to be obnoxious and to infuriate and to troll the intended target. And what is a taunt? It is a cowardly threat. It is made only because the taunter assumes that they are safe from retribution of the taunted. It is the child at the zoo poking a stick at the lion behind the cage.
The gay-themed TV show Glee rebooted the song and made the snarky cheerleader connection. What’s kind of funny there is that the show is bent on bringing the perspective of gays to the forefront and often rehashes songs from the perspective of gay men. Or they’ll often change up the gender perspective of the song or tinker with the relationship between the singer and the subject of the song. And such a song would provide ample opportunity to ridicule old gay men who lust for twinks. They don’t go there though possibly because Glee’s creator is the former.
And of course, pop stars can taunt Old Men because of some generalizable mythical behavior that they supposedly engage in at bars, but it would be offensive to single out any other non-white/non-male group for behaviors that are commonly attributed to said group.