Lena Dunham Just Totally Subtweeted Justin Bieber
Though Bieber received a warm reception after performing “What Do You Mean?” at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, not everyone was thrilled about his comeback on Sunday night.
On Monday (Aug. 31, 2015), Dunham tweeted out a notes that seemingly called out Bieber and the mixed messages about consent he was sending in his new single. In the shady subtweet, the Girls actress referenced one of Bieber’s lyrics from the track, in which he crooned: “What do you mean? / When you nod your head yes / But you wanna say no / What do you mean?”
Let’s do away with pop songs where a girl nods yes when she means no and vice versa, k?
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 31, 2015
According to a previous interview with Ryan Seacrest, Bieber claimed the song was about the “push and pull” of a complicated relationship. His explanation, however, blurred even more lines about consent and rape than, well, Robin Thicke’s infamous date rape anthem “Blurred Lines.”
He explained to Seacrest. “You ever been in the bedroom and the same thing happens? Like she’s pushing you away and then she wants to kiss you, and then she starts crying and pushes you away?”
“I’ve experienced tears — from don’t know where they come — in a moment that I thought was a moment of glory,” Seacrest responded, as Bieber nodded his head in agreement.
Yeah, that doesn’t make the song seem any less predatory. Like, at all.