First Amendment defenders always bring up pornography as something loathsome that they must defend on principle. As an advocate of remix culture, I feel similarly about this:
I really have no problem with the appropriation of a famous riff for a new song, but when mainstream acts do it, they usually lack any clever twist. I am buoyed by the knowledge that many years ago, unclever cretins similarly appropriated Rick James’s “Superfreak” and Queen’s “Under Pressure” and in the ensuing years only strengthened their source material’s impact by contrasting it to their own vapid efforts.
Which brings up another point: in twenty plus years, mainstream music doesn’t have any better ideas than this? Hilary Duff isn’t doing anything more interesting than Vanilla Ice did in 1990? Goodbye, mainstream music business. You’re done.