YOLO of the Week: Carly Rae Jepsen Goes out on a Limb

In a recent interview with Seventeen, tween sensation Carly Rae Jepsen dished on, among other things, ingredients for the perfect slumber party: “Definitely a comfortable pair of pajama pants, some good girlfriends who know how to laugh at themselves and be silly, and Skittles!”  Thankfully, she remembered Skittles.  These days, too many partygoers arrive armed with M&M’s.  M&M’s!

Of course, Carly Rae Jepsen has the platform to address an unsettling sleepover faux pas because of her momentous hit “Call Me Maybe”, which currently ranks fifth on iTunes.  The interview turns into a no-holds-barred confessional when Ms. Jepsen bashfully admits, “I’ve never actually asked a guy for his number.”  Okay?  But what about his Voxer username?

Call Me Maybe’s hypnotic chorus goes something like this:

Hey, I just met you,

And this is cray,

But here’s my number,

So call me, maybe?

These lyrics ooze YOLO. If Carly Rae had multiple lives to fall back on, would she impulsively distribute her digits to the man with “ripped jeans” and “skin showin’”?  I think not.

Hypotheticals like this demand a closer examination of the song.  The following thoughts ran through my mind as I watched the official video:


0:04: Hey, starting a lawnmower is sexy!  Does that make John Deere the nation’s most eligible bachelor?

0:13: Literary recommendations, courtesy of Carly Rae Jepsen: Skylar’s Outlaw, by Linda Warren, and Love at First Sight, by B.J. Daniels.  Great books, both of them.

0:27: If I saw a guy with a tattoo across his chest claiming “The Sky is the Limit!” I’d punch him in the face.

0:50: Is that vodka? Or water?

1:17: Poor car washing technique.  Doesn’t Carly know that you have to hose down the vehicle before applying soap?

2:09: Has anyone pointed out to Carly that missing someone before meeting them is chronologically impossible?

2:25: I can’t WAIT to buy this book.  Catch me at a midnight release party somewhere, somehow.

2:35: This reminds me of the Sandlot scene where Wendy Peffercorn is hoodwinked into kissing Squints.

3:08: OMG he’s gay! This is like that Train video’s ugly stepsister.


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