Bringing Sexy back: how porn bots co-opted Kings of Leon’s biggest hit

A decade after its release, Sex on Fire’s legacy seems to be a slew of NSFW Twitter sex bots

The easiest way to gauge the pop cultural status of literally anything – from Donald Trump’s hair and just how fit New Jack on Love Island really was to the mighty Ed Balls – is to give it a quick search on Twitter. By using this digital, cat gif-heavy answer to Debrett’s, it seems that in the 10 years since its release, Kings of Leon’s Sex on Fire has lost its status as an indie disco floorfiller and has instead become a shortcut for highly NSFW sex bots.

Search the song by name and, in among the occasional “this tune still bangs!” proclamations from enthusiastic 27-year-olds lamenting the loss of their teenage years, are a huge number of mucky links to cam girls who almost certainly don’t really exist. And while there is a certain Bukowski-esque poetry in free association tweets such as “kings of lean [sp] sex on fire lyrics girls having sex in the weather porn sex commandos”, grubby is the fate of the one of the most unintentionally hilarious songs of the 2000s. Now excuse me while I wipe my search history.

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