While the song is obviously a euphimism for masturbation
, the music video had to be a lot more subtle. In 1980, masturbation, or any type of sexual imagery, was far more offensive than imagery of Japanese stereotypes
. Instead of rockets launching and fireworks exploding, we have a subservient Geisha girl
serving tea while some white guys use their fingers to pull and slant their eyes. Riiiiiight
The song would most certainly never achieve wide release in this day with a title or refrain like that. The imagery, however, is another story. It is not outright offensive and therefore, often makes its way into contemporary media. That type of imagery stands in a long line of stereotypes that feed poor, misguided souls some silly notions.
The video is over two decades old yet the underlying ideas still persist. There is something seriously wrong with that. Of course, given today's current crop of big-booty-shaking rap videos and pre-pubescent pop starlet-virgin-whores, the objectification of women is probably the bigger issue at hand.