Misogyny Will Make Them Love Us Again!
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If you’re like me, you have a holy ghost fit everytime “Poison” comes on the radio. Bell Biv Devoe had some certified bangers back in the day, from “When Will I See You Smile Again” to “Something in your Eyes.” I loved them. Oddly enough, I didn’t notice when they kind of faded off the map.. just the law of the r&b land, I guess. One minute you’re hot, the next minute you’re playing gigs at malls and county fairs. I sure as hell noticed when they tried to poke their heads back through the door, though. With a song called “Dance, Bitch,” it was kind of hard not to.
To their credit, I guess, you kind of hinted at some latent creepiness with that “backstage, underage/adolescent” line in “Do Me.” But in spite of that, y’all were a pretty decent group of guys. Not too raunchy, not too crass (from what I remember, anyway). This was just way too much for anybody to believe.
In addition to commanding some random, faceless, nameless bitch to dance repeatedly in the chorus, they got the lightskinned dude tellin’ some girl to “know her position/stay in the kitchen.” UM, WAT? What does this even have to do with a stripper at a club??
So how successful was this venture? Well… let’s just say that Ronnie Devoe is shakin’ it for Remax now*.
*He’s actually moved on to his own real estate company. But we find that business card really, really funny.