When we heard that Nicole Polizzi (better known to basically everyone as Snooki) had released a music video, it’s safe to say we felt a range of emotions. Most of them were synonymous with ‘revulsion’ and ‘terror.’ We expected a mess of a video with bad auto-tuned vocals, kind of reminiscent of Fergie’s ‘MILF$’ (did anyone else feel that video set feminism back a couple decades?). After the initial shock of the video (it really is shocking), we realized that we didn’t hate it at all, and might actually really like it.
First of all, Snooki’s not serious (like we can only assume Fergie is). She says clearly in the description and in her behind the scenes video that this is meant to be funny and fun, and not to be taken seriously. And with that, she has our attention.
Second, you have to get past the visual craziness to get to the heart of the message. The first watch just consists of being bombarded by some of the most random visual stimuli imaginable. Somehow she’s in space, but there are also explosions going off, and three leopard-print-clad ballerinas keep dancing into the frame. Gotta love that green screen.
After you have that out of the way, the video deserves a second watch for the sake of the song itself (it’s not even two minutes long, you can manage that). She starts off with a throwback verse about her life on The Shore, bringing out the platform heels, leopard-print dress and signature Snooki poof. Exactly what we expected. What we didn’t expect was a complete 180 when she ‘met Jionni.’ The rest of the song is about the new direction her life has taken since motherhood and this is where it gets pretty awesome.
Not only are her kids in the video which is completely adorable, she doesn’t shy away from the less-than-pleasant aspects of motherhood and even embraces them. She spends her cheques on baby food and the ‘proud mama’ raps about potty training, breast feeding, stretchmarks and even saggy nipples. Did we know Snooki was funny?
With the social taboo on any negative aspect of motherhood, it’s so rare that we get something this real (especially from a source who spent all of the early ’10s being known as fake). As visually strange and unnerving as the ‘Yung Mommy’ video seems, the content is actually pretty incredible. She comes across as a real mom who at the end of the day, does everything for her kids. This is the version of motherhood we need to see in the media more. Wow, who would have thought in 2009 that we would be touting Snooki as a progressive, feminist mom?
If you’re interested, check out Nicole’s behind the scenes video. She addresses us makeup-less from her kitchen and talks about how weird it is to dress up as Jersey Shore Snooki for the video. What’s not to love?