Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Supermom Soapbox - Kidz Bop . . .

Okay so I got the urge to go and look up some of these songs that the Kidz Bop commercials advertise. And I have to wonder, why would ANY parent allow their children ages 5-11 (the age group the CD's are geared toward) to listen to these songs???

I researched 5 songs off the commercial - Pink's "So What", Kevin Rudolph and Lil' Wayne's "Let it Rock", the Pussycat Dolls' "When I Grow Up", Rhianna's "Disturbia", and Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold". I. Was. Shocked.

Lets look at these individually, shall we?

(Special thanks to MetroLyrics and KO for Lyric look ups).

1) "So What?" (Pink)

Okay, now don't get me wrong, I love me some Pink. I think she's a wonderful artist, extremely talented, and a strong woman. I do not, however, think her music is appropriate for anyone under the age of 15 - simply b/c of subject matter (most young kids just aren't going to get the lyrics). But this song is even worse than most b/c of not only subject matter, but language as well -

"I just lost my husband . . . So I'm gonna drink my money . . . "
"The waiter just took my table and gave it to Jessica Sim - Sh***"

Now, I don't know about you, but I would NOT let my five year old listen to this!!

2) Let it Rock (Kevin Rudolph featuring Lil' Wayne)

I don't listen to much R&B or rap, so I have no idea who Kevin Rudolph is. I do know about Lil' Wayne b/c he's been on some talk shows I've seen though.

Parts of this song are beautifully written, but should a young child be listening to it? No. First, it is beyond their comprehension. Second, again, harsh language is used. Third, other parts of the song are AWFUL (I wouldn't even listen to this myself):

"But it broke his heart, So he stuck his middle finger, To the world . . ."
"Yeah! Wayne's world, Planet Rock, Panties drop, And the tops . . ."
"I'm in here up like b***h what's up, Mechanic, me, I can fix you up, I can f**k you up, I can f**k you down . . ."

3) When I Grow Up (Pussycat Dolls)

Okay, now, to me, it's just disturbing that ANYONE would let their young girl listen to the Pussycat Dolls. I think they are awful role models for young girls - they teach them how to use sex and their bodies for manipulation and they also promote highly negative self body images. But that's another blog post . . . Sticking to the lyrics of the song here . . . Well I'll let them speak for themselves . . . :

"Now I've got a confession, When I was young I wanted attention, And I promised myself that I'd do anything, anything at all for them to notice me . . . "

"When I grow up, I wanna see the world, Drive nice cars, I wanna have boobies (edited version: Groupies) . . ."

4) "Disturbia" Rhianna

Now honestly, I really like Rhianna. That's why this song really shocked me. I was reading the lyrics thinking, ah, there's nothing really wrong with this one . . . until I got to this part:

"Disconnected on call, the phone won't even ring, I gotta get out, or figure this sh*** out, it's too close for comfort . . . "

*Sigh* . . . Oh Rhianna . . . I am so disappointed . . .

5) Hot N Cold (Katy Perry)

Now Katy Perry is another artist that I really like. I just like the grove of her songs. But, again, they are not appropriate for kids!! And this song is no exception. In fact, the opening lyrics state:

"You change your mind, like a girl changes clothes, yeah you, PMS, like a b**** I would know"

I am not trying to bash these artists in any way - I think they are all super talented in their own right. But their music is NOT appropriate for children!! And the creators of the Kidz Bop line of CD's, DVD's and Web pages are irresponsible for thinking they are!!

Okay, I know they are edited for children, but you know what? When I kid listens to a song, they want the whole CD - I know this from experience. And guess what. The CD's by these artists are NOT edited for children!!

Okay, I will get off my supermom soapbox now. Thanks for listening.


Virginia said...

I have always thought the Kidz Bop line of CD's was a little off. Just because a song is sung by a kid (or a group of kids in this matter) does not make it ok for kids to actually listen to. I prescreen all of my sons music (he's 9) and nothing gets on his ipod without my approval first. Pretty much most of the songs that the Kidz Bop crew covers, would never make the cut.

Cori, age 16 said...

I totally agree with you in that the songs Kidzbop produces/remakes are inappropriate for young kids. However, I disagree with your comment about how these songs are not appropriate for kids 15 and under?? Excuse me, but I'm fairly sure most kids are swearing or have heard most swear words by at least age 12. At least. 15 year olds are teenagers and are pretty well exposed to swearing in songs by now. Also, I couldn't help but notice how you contradicted yourself when you first stated that Kidzbop was to blame, not the artists of the songs they choose to put on their cds. Yet, you also seem to blame Rihanna. "*sigh...Oh, Rihanna, I'm so dissappointed in you." Rihanna and her producers, I'm sure, did not aim the song Disturbia at younger audiences.

Shelly said...

You know Jen, I was just wondering the same thing! I even told Kyleigh that those songs were a little much for kiddos even though they have edited them. It's just awful.