The GEM Debate:
What Do You Do With Lusty Lyrics? (POLL)
You’ve heard them on the radio.
Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines.
Miley Cyrus’ We Can’t Stop.
A few years ago, Flo Rida was burning up the charts with Whistle.
Ah yes, what’s a responsible parent to do? I mean, other that put your hands over your ears and yell, “MAKE IT STOP!”
Songs with racy lyrics are nothing new; you don’t have to go too far back to remember ditties like, Why Don’t We Get Drunk And Screw.
And why, WHY do those songs have to be so damn catchy? You hear it the first time, you’re appalled; it makes it’s way up the charts and you’re tapping your fingers on the steering wheel. All’s well and good until your child asks you the meaning of the words. What’s worse is if you ask them. AND THEY KNOW!
That’s kind of a light-hearted way of asking a very serious question; do you let your kids listen to raunchy radio and are you worried about the influence.
I’m pretty easy going but I’d rather not be driving in the car with my kids listening singers talk about date rape (apparently), oral sex and drug use.
And then there’s this.
Two people died last weekend at a big concert in New York; four others are in critical condition. The deaths and injuries are related to the drug MDMA, which is known as, you guessed it..
Molly. The same drug Miley sings about.
See that’s where the problem comes in. Singing about, glorifying to an extent, makes things that are illegal and dangerous, seem..
And they are not.
So the question is, are we allowing our kids to become desensitized to potentially dangerous things by wrapping them up in cute lyrics and catchy tunes? What should we do? Do we reach for the radio dial as soon as it comes on? Or do we listen and use it as a potential teaching tool?
I get that music is art and artists need to have the freedom to do their thing; or sing their song.. but where do you draw the line for the little ears in your family?
What do you do?
Take the poll and leave a comment!