Alex Boye stars in Mormon modesty remake of One Direction's 'That's What Makes You Beautiful'

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  • AriBA Toronto, 00
    Feb. 27, 2014 2:31 p.m.

    I think it's inspiring for ALL young girls out there! Girls can be fashionable, trendy AND MODEST!
    A lot of the girls out there do dress up so "boys will like them" and she'll catch the eye of hr crush etc I think it's a great message from guys saying hey we don't need all that!! We like you just the way you are!! We don't want low cut shirts, or short shorts, etc
    Kudos for the kids and Alex Boye!! DISCLAIMER: I am not Mormon. I saw this song on FB on a friend's wall who's NOT MORMON, ANshe had shared it from ANOTHER NON MORMON friend. We're all Christians of different denominations yet, we all share a love for Modesty!! What a great thing to teach our GIRLS!!

  • chey Hyde Park, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 10:28 p.m.

    Bill McGee - Keep fighting the good fight. You said exactly what I wanted to say, were I better with words. To those who just want us to 'relax' and 'stop finding fault' blah blah blah... Seriously? No, when I think something is wrong, I hope people will speak up, and not just roll with it. This is one area -where how little we think about the inherent problems with the modesty dialogue- is extremely damaging and upsetting and needs to be discussed more and with more open minds.

  • Mc West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    Some people just have to find fault with everything. Is there anything they enjoy in life without any criticism? I'm feeling sorry for all you critics! Just enjoy it!

    Sept. 30, 2013 4:34 p.m.

    terra nova, the question of copyright infringement is not ridiculous. The McDonalds comparison doesn't have any bearing. The LDS Church has to be very careful that it, or anyone associated with it, not be placed in positions where they can be accused of infringement of the law. I don't think I or Impartial 7 accused anyone of anything. For my part, I'm just cautioning anyone using copyright materials to be sure they are aboveboard. The groups producing these videos may have been in this case, but the tenor of the article doesn't reveal whether they were or were not.

  • Bill McGee Alpine, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 9:21 a.m.

    Having fun with Alex or not, this video continues to toss girls under the bus, making them responsible for boys with no self-control. So, no, this song cannot be good as a catalyst for discussions on modesty. We have that in abundance already. What it is, is simply piling on and reinforcing a dangerous and damaging stereotype. At some point, we need to take a stand against this sort of offensive, male-centric view of the world. After that, every single example of this sort of nonsense needs to be called out. Including this video.

  • terra nova Park City, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    The kids were having fun with Alex.

    It is not designed to be the "last word" on morality or the philosophy of modesty. Parody is often limited by the source material. Perhaps the detractors can get together and make a better video.

    Yes, there are weaknesses to the song. Yes, guys will leer at a well-turned ankle if that's all they've got to work with in Burkaville. The biology of attraction is problematic. But it is no small part of species propagating.

    There is merit in talking about modesty. This song may be a catalyst. Can we let it be good for that?

    Accusing this group of copyright infringement is ridiculous (sort of like suing McDonalds for not explaining how hot your egg-mcmuffin may be). There may be a tortured form of legal merit in the suit, but it only serves to underscore the why that line from Shakespeare, "First thing, we kill all the lawyers," remains memorable four-hundred years after is was written.

  • Bill McGee Alpine, UT
    Sept. 29, 2013 11:08 p.m.

    This video is a perfect example of everything that is wrong with the modesty/guardians of virtue movement.

    In one place the video lyrics say that girls don't need guys who only judge them with their eyes, and later they say that girls need to understand why boys need their modesty.

    Which is it?

    Girls cannot be responsible for protecting boys from whatever ideas are running through their minds. They have one responsibility - to get dressed in the morning. Boys need to learn to control their eyes and their libidos, and to see girls as human beings with real feelings and value, and not parts or property - even if their shoulders or knees are showing.

    The worst part is that the leaders who made this, and the boys who participated - and maybe even the women who viewed it - have no idea how utterly wrong it is. It sends EXACTLY the wrong message to girls - it is blaming and shaming - and it also hurts the boys by telling them they are helpless victims of their biology.

    Everyone loses as long as this is the irresponsible message we choose to feed to our children.

    Sept. 29, 2013 6:26 a.m.

    Redneck Lefty & Logit: I'm not sure there's a conflict in your statements. Our Western Europe and American idea of beauty is more of an attitude we have about the term "beauty" in our culture, especially when we couple it up with fashion, sexual attraction, pride, and arrogance.
    The Navajo culture has a better view: coupling such English adjectives as beautiful, harmonious, balanced, peaceful, blessed, joyful, up together is a single word "hozho" that is difficult to express in English. But the LDS 13th Article of Faith comes as close as anything in the English Language can come, though the Navajo view contains much more than even expressed in that short statement.
    I'm not sure this Alex Boye or similar adaptions of the "One Direction" song promotes living up to the 13th Article of Faith, but they may do it in part. It's one of those concepts we need to stress over and over from several directions.

    Sept. 29, 2013 6:04 a.m.

    Luke Nelson: "fair use" is difficult to define, as it is different for the particular medium involved: printed matter such as books, video, sheet music, recordings, etc., and a number of other things. What specifics from the copyright law did you have in mind that declares this use "fair?"
    A more pertinent question is: did all these LDS groups get permission from the copyright holders? If too many groups are pursuing that route, there's bound to be a question arise as to how much the use is impacting their rights.

  • Luke Nelson West Valley City, UT
    Sept. 28, 2013 9:46 p.m.


    Parody is covered under Fair Use.

  • Logit ,
    Sept. 28, 2013 9:33 p.m.

    @RedneckLefty, boys (or girls) telling girls (or boys) what they find pleasing and attractive isn't "indoctrination"; it's communication. There's no conspiracy here, no underhandedness or rhetorical slight of hand. I think we can put away our misogyny micro-detector and just enjoy a video that playfully opposes the main stream media's most frequent message to young women.

  • RedneckLefty St. George, UT
    Sept. 28, 2013 3:48 p.m.

    Sorry to be the party pooper, but I can't stand this video.

    While the intent is fine, making a video with a bunch of boys telling girls how to dress in order to please boys still indoctrinates girls that the way they dress should be a function of men's desires.

    If a girl dresses immodestly because she thinks it will make boys like her more, that's a shame.

    If a girl dresses modestly because she thinks it will make boys like her more, that's also a shame--because it still teaches her that her main asset is her ability to attract boys.

    In both cases, girls' virtue is being judges on their manner of dress--by a leering all-male jury.

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    Sept. 28, 2013 2:45 p.m.

    @InspectorC: When I think back to the years that I lived in SL valley, modestey is not an attribute that comes to mind when reflecting on my interactions with the Mormons I lived beside and worked with. That is all.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 28, 2013 1:17 p.m.

    Did they get permission, or pay royalties to One Direction? If not, what they did was illegal.

  • bw00ds Tucson, AZ
    Sept. 28, 2013 11:54 a.m.

    @Bob Bohey Re: "oxymoron"

    "I do not think it means what you think it means."

    Great job Alex and the Boys. So fun! Lucky girls in the Sandy Lone Peak Stake!

  • InspectorC Wasatch Front, UT
    Sept. 28, 2013 10:22 a.m.

    @ Bob Bohey---

    Care to explain your statement in enough detail that we can all understand what you're talking about? thx!

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    Sept. 28, 2013 9:18 a.m.

    Mormon modesty? Oxymoron?

  • sickofpolitics morgan, ut
    Sept. 28, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    I have never seen a video make me smile soooo much! Thanks guys! This will make a difference!

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Sept. 28, 2013 8:20 a.m.

    Weekly Alex Boye story...check.

  • Cray Rexburg, ID
    Sept. 27, 2013 3:59 p.m.

    This is fantastic!! Good job to all involved :)

  • gee-en Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    Awesome job guys and everyone involved in making this!