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The Lonely Island's "I Fucked My Aunt": NSFW, But Over the Line?

The Lonely Island's "I Fucked My Aunt": NSFW, But Over the Line?
Photos by Autumn de Wilde

If you would have heard the names Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone or Akiva Schaffer six years ago, you probably wouldn't have known who they were. Now the trio has become famous through a combination of their work on Saturday Night Live, their 2007 full-length film Hot Rod, and their mock-rap group The Lonely Island.

It's that same rap group that's finally gone a step too far with their new single, "I Fucked My Aunt," featuring T-Pain.

The song, off the Island's upcoming third album, The Wack Album, starts off with Taccone musing, "Damn, I fucked my aunt.../ I can't believe I fucked my aunt.../ I fucked my aunt, y'all," before jumping straight into the first verse. There, he talks about growing up in the country, summers with fireworks and baseball before saying, "five years later, I fucked my aunt."

The same goes with Schaffer and Samberg in the second and third verses, respectively. Schaffer talks about a spending a rainy day with his aunt before divulging that they had sex 12 years later, while Samberg talks about his eighteenth birthday - a day in which he kills an ant with his junk just before hopping between the sheets with his aunt.

However, unlike other Lonely Island songs, "I Fucked My Aunt" has no real plot, rhyme or reason. Furthermore, it's not entertaining, and definitely not funny.

Instead, each verse delivers a past memory from an unnamed narrator (or narrators - it's never clear) that has no relation to the song title. If anything, "I Fucked My Aunt" seems to be shocking for the sake of being just that.

Or maybe we've just got it all wrong.

Most of The Lonely Island's songs have been featured on Saturday Night Live as a "Digital Short." There the satire is more obvious, and it allows for Samberg, Taccone and Schaffer to present the joke exactly how they imagine it visually. But now that the three have left the show (Samberg was a cast member who left in 2012, while Taccone and Schaffer were writers), they've lost that connection to their audience in moments like this.

Of course, this isn't their first song about sex with family members.

In 2011, The Lonely Island released the track, "Motherlover," with guest vocals from Justin Timberlake. But unlike the incestuous "I Fucked My Aunt," "Motherlover" was about two friends, er, servicing each other's mother.

Certainly, not every Lonely Island song will be as easily digested as the band's hits "Like a Boss" or "We Like Sportz." But at this point, it seems that trio needs to be reminded of what made them successful -- their ability to write catchy songs that push the envelope without completely jumping overboard.

 

The Lonely Island's "I Fucked My Aunt": NSFW, But Over the Line?

Until this point, their most shocking tracks were "Jizz In My Pants" and "We'll Kill You." But even though these songs are considered vulgar and probably aren't suitable for teenagers, it's more for the fact that the group uses colorful language, whereas artists like Tyler, The Creator are unabashedly writing songs about beating women.

And while one could argue that comparing The Lonely Island to Tyler, The Creator is like comparing apples to oranges, the point remains -- a bad action is still bad, even if it's not the worst it can get.

For example, earlier this year, Brad Paisley and LL Cool J released the widely discussed, often mocked single, "Accidental Racist." Fans, critics and bloggers everywhere seemed to light the Internet aflame just talking about it. Hell, even Rocks Off argued just how bad it was. But in hindsight, is the content of "Accidental Racist" more, less, or similarly offensive when compared to "I Fucked My Aunt"?

How do we, as an industry, deal with the consequences of rejecting a serious song that we find satirical, while in turn accepting a song that touches on a topic that is just as taboo, simply because it's presented as a "joke"?

This doesn't mean that Rocks Off suddenly likes "Accidental Racist." But the fact remains -- to some people, "I Fucked My Aunt" is just plain offensive. No genre title, explanation or amount of comparisons will change that.

If The Lonely Island is smart, their next release will be more like "YOLO," the debut single from The Wack Album, out June 11. If not, they can always make a sequel to Hot Rod.



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