This New Jenny Lewis Video Involves Kristen Stewart and Anne Hathaway in Drag

I am forever grateful to the wildly talented and stunning Jenny Lewis for making many kickass records with Rilo Kiley and as a solo artist. Today, I must add a new reason for gratitude: She dressed Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway and Brie Larson in track suits and mustaches and put them in the music video for “Just One Of The Guys,” the lead single off her forthcoming album The Voyager.

The song is all about questioning gender roles and fucking with the patriarchy — “I’m not gonna break for you/I’m not gonna pray for you/I’m not gonna pay for you/That’s not what ladies do!” she sings, inspiring much hell-yessing by me.

The video takes the androgyny power to a new, amazing level. Lewis wears a magical rainbow star suit, and Stewart, Hathaway, Larson and others form her backup band. The alternate between playing instruments in feminine-cut white suits and doing great, weird stuff in Adidas track suits.

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I do not need or want to know what she’s pointing at.

There is a not small amount of exaggerated interpretive dancing:

This is Ann Hathaway begging.

This is Anne Hathaway begging.

She also breakdances. It would all be slightly alarming if it weren’t so damn adorable. Jenny Lewis makes screwing with gender norms look even cooler than usual. Check out the full video:

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87 Comments

  1. Did anyone else have the impression from the lyrics that this song is about struggling with emotions as a woman surrounding the issue of having a baby? Regardless, the song and video are both totally awesome!

  2. Jezebel claims that the best part of this video is the Lisa Frank suit. I had to disagree because, like you said, LOOK AT KRISTEN STEWART.
    Second best was probably the suit, though.

        • You are correct in calling me out on my contradictory sweet first comment to the later ones when I felt like we were all treating the ladies as visual sex objects like a guy thinks. But I believe my criticism was out of proportion. Swooning…as you wrote is much less objectifying than guys’ crude staring at a female’s body parts without consideration of the sensitive heart and mind inside.
          I have heard some lesbians make crude and objectifying remarks about women…. and guys….. but none of the remarks made here were of that nature. I am embarrassed for overreacting.

  3. I have a stupid amount of positive feelings about this video. Also I have a lot of questions like when did Anne Hathaway’s haircut become so asymmetrical and who the hell coached her in Queer-Girl Smirk because whoever it is deserves a fucking medal.

  4. Thank you, Jenny Lewis, for inadvertently (or not?) creating my new trans lady anthem. Also, for involving Kristen Stewart, thereby increasing my love for it tenfold. When I die, I want my tombstone to say, “I really really loved Kristen Stewart, you a-holes.”

  5. additionally I’m not tryna speculate about KStew’s sexuality (because I know sooner or later the rest of y’all are probably going to take care of that for me heyo) but please observe that she is clearly having 10x more fun dancing around in drag than she’s ever appeared to have playing any of her prior female roles

  6. Good grief! Are you all just a bunch of drooly mouth pig boys slobbering over a cute face girl who thinks you are just another queer? Grow up! And quit being like the ones you love to hate!! pshhhhh!

  7. I have mixed feelings cuz this video is great and fun but the song itself was really not doing it for me. and that makes me sad cuz jenny lewis has made some of my very favorite albums.

  8. JENNY LEWIS GET OUT OF MY BRAIN

    This is everything. And by everything, I mean “everything in the fun-fantasy-Lisa-Frank-unicorn-experience escapism corner of my psyche” – OK haters so lay off.

    😀

  9. There aren’t words in the English language to describe the look on my face while I watched this video. As if I wasn’t already excited about Jenny’s new album, she had to go and grab KStew, Mia Thermopolis and Princess Valhalla Hawkwind, raid Sue Sylvester’s closet, hand them instruments, and deck herself out in Lisa Frank for this, the best video ever. I’m verklempt.

  10. Forever glad I got Jenny Lewis’ lyrics tattooed on my chest

    I’d totally get a classic heart-with-an-arrow through it that reads K-STEW cause damn what a babe and also she’s a rad person

    I’ve loved Jenny and Rilo Kiley for a long time, so glad to see her get so much buzz without Jonathan Rice hanging around

  11. Ok, I was too bitchy about all of the crushy things some of you wrote. It just bothers me when we think it is ok to drool over straight girls when we hate guys drooling over us. Or am I wrong about that?
    And I did think the video was fun with lots of cute juxtapositions.

    • I think there’s a big difference between admitting attraction for someone and being a creep about it. And I don’t think anyone here was being a creep. There wasn’t even a single “DAT ASS” or “sit on my face” comment or anything of that nature. I don’t mind when guys think I’m attractive as long as they’re respectful.

      And besides, I know that at least my comment wasn’t even just about being attracted to Kristen Stewart. I am, but I also think she seems like a genuinely cool person and is a much more talented actress than she usually gets credit for. And that’s mostly what my comment was about.

  12. The video is a gift, because all four women (and the mystery drummer!) are SO DAMN AWESOME in it. The dancing, the facial expressions, everything! The song lyrics also really hit home for me. Jenny Lewis kills it as always.

  13. I am ambivalent about the song because I read it as being vaguely about “biological sex” bullshit/ Freudian “all women espesh queer women wish they were men” bullshit… that said please see below for my vapidly fluffy K-Stew feelings.

  14. All I want is to watch cheesy movies on a couch with Kristen Stewart.
    And to occasionally call her by her middle name, which is Jaymes.
    And to do that mock-aggressive play-hugging thing where we are bumping into each other but then hug for real.

  15. I really liked the video, but then I read this article and reconsidered
    https://medium.com/race-class/jenny-lewis-what-the-f-ck-are-you-doing-8fca72c5bab5
    I mean it’s super cute in some ways (like KStew actually smiling), but the music itself is pretty banal, and the lyrics don’t reflect my feminism.
    I’m seeing a lot of love for this video from white people, but I’m very interested to hear what queer people of colour have to say.

    • I have a hard time taking this guy’s critique seriously when he admits upfront he knows literally nothing about Jenny Lewis, gets the name of the song wrong in his essay, and offers the most surface-level possible interpretation of the lyrics. I saw the outfits/behavior of the dude versions as a parody of a particular flavor of white douchebag guy whose appropriation of black cultural cliches is as lazy as everything else he does. I don’t want to be defensive (although it’s my inclination, as Jenny’s music is very important to me as a music fan and human) but I think he’s seeing something that’s not actually there by making this racist. I am, however, quite open to people thinking I am totally wrong (just not the guy who wrote this Medium column, because he gave me no reason to give him credibility)

      • That is a much more likely interpretation of the track suits and gang signs, and I hope it is the reality. I also do not know much about Jenny Lewis, so thanks for responding with alternative explanations. Rereading that article, it is more like a preconceived rant against (white) feminism, without doing any research to back it up, so sorry for giving it maybe too much credit.

        • Yeh, but again, I think this person is not giving the song enough credit. The last chorus twists the lyric to “there’s a little cop inside that won’t let me,” which I think makes it clear that she’s responding to external preconceived ideas of gender roles rather than things she actually believes. Also, I think I’ve listened to every song JLew has ever made, read many interviews with her, etc, so I know that she does not believe that Women Are Women and Men Are Men and That’s The Way It Is. I understand why someone not primed to see Jenny’s work in good faith would take it the way this author does, but I just think she’s wrong.

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