Sunday I took my daughter (almost 12) and a friend to the KISS 108 concert here in the Boston area --- a variety of artists for an eight-hour marathon, with a lot of screaming young ladies. I'm no prude, and was not bothered by the risque stuff. But I was very bothered by one artist and the reaction of most of the girls there (except mine, because I had talked to her about this turkey before).
The artist is 3Oh!3 (three-oh-three), one of the most popular acts. It is two guys who just seem to hate women, as far as I can tell. Their big song is "Don't Trust Me." It is offensive to both women and deaf people. I printed out the lyrics and discussed them with my daughter a couple of weeks ago, before I realized these guys would be at the show: http://www.sweetslyrics.com/623379.30h!3%20-%20Don't%20Trust%20Me%20.html.
My daughter, her friend, and I were among the very few not cheering and singing along with these guys. The site of 20,000 young girls yelling "Don't Trust a Ho!" and "Shut your lips ... talk with your hips" was very discouraging. Later in the show we had Fergie with Black-Eyed Peas -- provocative but also very pro-woman, in my view. I was wondering what Fergie must have said to these other jerks back stage.
I have decided that talking about the lyrics with my daughter is better than banning the songs -- I want her to know that it is these guys I don't like or trust, not her. Now she turns off the radio when she hears them, at least if I'm around. And I agree with her about the one unfortunate thing -- it is a very catchy tune. Any thoughts?
My thought is that he handled the situation with great smarts and wisdom. What do you think?
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
A father shared this story last night and I want to share it with you: