I Love Charli XCX

by Shelt Garner

It used to be, long ago, when it was just assumed that a female pop singer would show a little skin for the fans. This was the 80s and, to some extent, the 90s. Madonna was running around with no clothes on. Other female singers were talking about how much they liked to fuck as many men as possible.

Charli XCX

Did the woke police freak out and tell us that this was taboo and somehow Not Allowed?

No. We, the audience, living our miserable existence just enjoyed it an moved on. It was no big deal.

I mean, fuck, people, if this was 1989, Dua Lipa would have done a full nude spread for Playboy by this point. The only artist I can think of off the top of my head that is willing to be cool like singer were back in the day is Charli XCX. She’s great.

She isn’t afraid to show a little skin. And it’s not like she’s done a featured spread for Playboy. She’s just not afraid to strut what she’s got when necessary.

And, what’s more, she’s a really good singer and I love her oeuvre.

Charli XCX Is Cool

by Shelt Garner

The reason why I like Charli XCX is she’s sex positive in a way that reminds me of Madonna (etc) way back when. It used to be that female vocalists would run around without any clothes on. I’m old now and I miss that vibe. Charli XCX reminds me of that.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 18: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Charli XcX attends The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on February 18, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images for Bauer Media)

I like her music, too, but she wears her sexuality on her sleeve in such a matter that it’s like, “Finally, a pop singer who’s willing to not be a prude.” It’s weird — at least to me — how all the major female vocalists these days a extremely modest compared to what they used to be.

Madonna, for one, made a whole career out of exploiting — and exploring — her sexuality in a very public fashion. I mean, the woman did come out with a book called “Erotica,” for Christ’s sake.

Anyway, it’s all moot. It’s not like the good old days of my youth are ever coming back — with female vocalists or anything else. But I do enjoy Charli XCX being something of a throwback.