While watching the Today Show last week I saw an interview with Cee-Lo Green. It was during this interview that I learned who he is and that he has a song that as of today sits at #16 on the Billboard Top 100. Maybe you know of this song, I did not. Tyring to articulate my feelings about this song and its title is difficult. I'm appalled by it. Cee-Lo said his ten year old son is not allowed to listen to the song, and yet it pollutes the airways in which our kids listen. (Does he really think his 10 year old hasn't listened to the song? That his friends at school haven't talked about it?)
My thirteen year old daughter had heard this song on the radio and had heard the lyrics as "Forget You" but knew what the real lyrics were. When I asked her how she knew, she said kids at school have talked about it.
At the Grammy's on Sunday evening, Cee-Lo Green gave a performance of this song - with the MUPPETS. As in the Muppets that we associate with Sesame Street! We all trust that the Muppets would never teach our kids swear words, right? Except in addition to the implied F word, another swear word was also used during the performance.
This just makes me mad. Mad that we seem to have no standards, no boundaries, nothing is off limits. In fact we bring the guy who sings these words onto a network news show and gush over him. And now, we can associate the Muppets with singing lyrics and words we would punish our kids for using.
I have no idea why we struggle with so much disrespect in our culture. No idea at all.
I am aware there are many, many awful songs out there with horrific lyrics. I don't listen to that music and can avoid it fairly easily. The difference is that this song came at me through the network morning news and through a prime time network TV.
Yesterday I posted Love is Patient here.