Video Review: The Veronicas “Hook Me Up”

A view of a boarding school can be seen. Inside, students march in a straight line, monitored through security cameras. They are divided by gender and have a female authority figure in the front, tapping her stick in time.

Signs dictate where the boys and girls can go within the building.

In a background shot, Jessica and Lisa Origliasso holds onto to each other’s waists. Lisa rubs her sister’s arm. Then they hold hands.

The students march into the classroom and the female teacher taps her desk, ordering them to sit down.

In the cafeteria, The Veronicas play their song. The students stand in lined rows, their expressions blank.

On the floor, near a hidden hallway, Jessica and Lisa sit with papers in front of them.

In class, they are watched by a guard as they learn math.

Lisa gets up and knocks on a gray door. About five young men emerge from a room and sit next to Lisa and Jessica to listen to the strategy.

They tape the microphone shut and roll out wire, hooking it up to the sound system inside the school. Someone turns the volume up on the controls.

It’s the signal for the students to act. A young man stands up and throws a wad of paper at the teacher. She dodges several wads of paper from other students.

In the cafeteria, the once expressionless students come alive. They dance and jump. They kiss each other and take off their clothes. They run down the stairs and the hallways and exit through the nearest door.

Rating: 0/5

The twincest between Jessica and Lisa Origlliasso undermines the rebellion against authority at the boarding school. It numbs the impact of the teacher slapping a young woman and man’s hands, who try to hold hands during a lecture, reducing sexuality to a fantasy.

By inviting twincest, sexuality becomes creepy and wrong which buys into the shame the have been taught to feel. While the sisters may feel as though they are revolutionary, they are simply choosing to burn the school down with their extremism.

Nonetheless, the views on women are problematic. The people in authority are women, who have short hair and tight mouths. They are older and unappealing, free of any make up. In a sense, it becomes an age issue. But it seems as though the older women are threatened by youth and view the young women with contempt. Older women enforcing their misogynistic ideals onto other women is chilling, considering the hatred which had to be learned by men.

Director: Scott Speer Year: 2007


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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit ,Greatest City Collective, 45 Magazine ,Fevers of the Mind, Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology. and forthcoming in Scrawl Place

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