The debut video clip for â€œItâ€™s a Woman Thang,â€ from Allee Willis and Holly Palmerâ€™s EP â€œThe Soul of Bubbles & Cheesecakeâ€ – itâ€™s amassed more than 300,000 views (currently at half a million) and become a flashpoint for a YouTube gender fracas.
Bubbles & Cheesecake are Willis and Palmerâ€™s respective alter-egos, a free-spirited duo whose DIY, multi-media collaborations are based at www.bubblesandcheesecake.com
When the duo saw the videoâ€™s whopping YouTube numbers, they thought it was a mistake, as their views had increased steadily â€“ but graduallyâ€”since the clipâ€™s posting. â€œWe had no idea this was coming,â€ said Palmer. â€œItâ€™s actually a very Bubbles & Cheesecake thing that it happened this way.â€
Even more unexpected, the video â€“ an exuberant backyard soul groove celebrating self-empowerment â€“ has incited an online gender war among YouTube users, drawing intensely heated posts â€“ both anti-female and anti-male â€“ from commentators of both sexes.
â€œThis was written purely as a pop soul song; not at all political,â€ says Willis. â€œIt does talk about how sometimes women have trouble standing up for themselves, but itâ€™s really about self-esteem for everyone â€“ about having enough of a sense of yourself to claim whatâ€™s right for you.â€
Palmer commented, â€œI was very surprised at the anger out there directed at a couple of people having fun. In a way, it goes right to the heart of what weâ€™re talking about with Bubbles & Cheesecake â€“ everybody has the right to their own voice, no matter what resistance it meets.â€ Willis added, â€œItâ€™s no wonder many women are afraid to express themselves, given some of the comments weâ€™ve seen.
â€œItâ€™s crazy being in the middle of an unintended controversy,â€ Willis concludes, â€œbut the greatest thing our art can do is spotlight something thatâ€™s not working in the culture, and point to things that are more positive. Itâ€™s a hard position for us to be in, because all you want to do is make art. But we also feel we must be doing significant work if weâ€™ve hit such a nerve with this song.â€