In Cobra Starship’s “Middle Finger” video, released Thursday (January 19), there are plenty of allegories to economic injustices, socio-political discourses on a return to the Gold Standard and, perhaps most pointedly, thinly veiled criticisms of the United States’ imperialistic foreign policies and their long-term effects on global de-stabilization.
OK, not really. It’s basically just a lot of middle fingers, of all shapes and sizes, ages and genders, thrust defiantly skyward. At one point there’s a callback to their “You Make Me Feel …” video, a “Zoolander”-esque Jeep trek, a cute puppy, some basketball and exactly one old woman getting drenched. Oh, and Mac Miller shows up, too.
Of course, all of this is basically one giant contradiction to what frontman Gabe Saporta told MTV News late last year , when he promised the “Middle Finger” clip would feature “a lot of cheekiness … and no middle fingers.” But, then again, if Cobra Starship have proved anything over the years, it’s that they’re not adverse to a good joke , which is probably what Saporta was doing when he touted the complete lack of fingers in the new video. Their videos are never serious, and, well, “Finger” is definitely keeping with that trend. High art this most certainly ain’t.
So, much like Big Sean did with his “Dance (A$$)” video — which, like the title implied, featured plenty of posterior — Cobra Starship delivered a clip that’s just one long vignette of bird-flipping. The basic plot follows the guys (and gals) as they traipse across a city, basically being complete jerks to everyone, which, in turn, earns them plenty of one-finger salutes. It’s pretty funny, to be honest. And that’s the best thing you can say about any Cobra Starship vid.
Leave the social commentary to the Boss; Saporta and Co. are content churning out the goofiest clips in the rock universe. And “Middle Finger” is a welcome addition to their, uh, oeuvre. Proudly, profanely so.
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