Those who know me would not say I’m a prude, but they would say I am mostly moral yet with a hint of to-each-his-own attitude.
We don’t have cable TV because we needed to cut corners in our budget. Once we got used to living without constant TV, we realized we were paying for mostly garbage: shopping channels ($24.99 or split your payments into three at $8.33/month), sitcoms with laugh tracks (my husband abhors canned laughing), commercials every 10 minutes (buy this crap you don’t need but we tell you you want), Music TV without the music (but with drunkards, snitches, whiners, spoiled brats), and time wasting (plopping on the couch for a couple hours and surfing the channels until you hit something you don’t hate). Oh, we watch shows (thanks to Hulu+ and Netflix), don’t get me wrong, we just manage our time better without cable.
Even though we didn’t watch the VMA’s last weekend, we’ve seen and read plenty about it in the last week. I’m not surprised at Miley Cyrus’ behavior, she’s been heading that direction for years. I AM surprised that so many were surprised.
I dig the Blurred Lines jig, not the vulgar lyrics/message, such as, “I’ll give you something big enough to tear your a$$ in two.”
Did you know that nearly a quarter (23%) of Billboard‘s most popular songs in 2009-2011 (and 22% of country songs) mention alcohol? Health Day wrote about it in their article, Alcohol Dominates in Pop Music Lyrics.
Another eye-opener about the song in an interview by GQ with Robin Thicke…
Robin Thicke: We tried to do everything that was taboo. Bestiality, drug injections, and everything that is completely derogatory towards women. Because all three of us are happily married with children, we were like, “We’re the perfect guys to make fun of this.” People say, “Hey, do you think this is degrading to women?” I’m like, “Of course it is. What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I’ve never gotten to do that before. I’ve always respected women.” So we just wanted to turn it over on its head and make people go, “Women and their bodies are beautiful. Men are always gonna want to follow them around.” After the video got banned on YouTube, my wife tweeted, “Violence is ugly. Nudity is beautiful. And the ‘Blurred Lines’ video makes me wanna…” You know. And that’s the truth. Right now, with terrorism and poverty and Wall Street and Social Security having problems, nudity should not be the issue.
My lesson in all the hoopla? Know the lyrics of the music you and your kids jam to, maybe do a little research on the way it came to be to know the intent the artist(s) had. The pedestal on which musicians are placed have been done so by the public through video views, song and album downloads/purchases, fan behavior, and imitation. They aren’t going to stop because of a handful of irritated parents. Rockstars aren’t going to change. If we don’t like it, we have to do something about it.