"Hello" by Adele Promotes "Unhealthy Relationship Behaviors" According to Oakland's Gender and Equality Center

Adele is sending a dangerous message.  A very dangerous message.  And the University of Oakland's Gender and Equality Center's got your back.  Just in time for "Stalking Awareness Month."

Yea, this is not a joke.  And maybe that's ignorant to say buuuuut I have never in my life listened to that song and thought, hey, this might be normalizing sexual harassment.

The group is highlighting the line "I must have called a thousand times," and their primary focus is "to attract students' attention and to bring awareness to subtle messages in popular song lyrics."

They also stated,

"The music examples were used to demonstrate how aspects of popular media could be interpreted to normalize unhealthy relationship behaviors."

Maroon 5's "Animal" has also been scrutinized for the lyrics,

 "Baby, I'm preying on you tonight. Hunt you down, eat you alive."

AY AY AY.  Shit's gettin' crazy.  What do you guys think? Is pop music promoting stalker and unhealthy relationship habits? Oooooooor are we a few years past 1952 and we're all adults who understand that music, is well, music and is not necessarily always to be taken literal?  

But maybe we're missing something, take a listen:

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  • Marcelo Lopes on

    I think it’s one of those cases where people try too hard to find guilt in something. At the end of the day, it’s a good thing that they’re trying to bring awareness against violent relationships, but I don’t think Hello or Animals have something to do with it.

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