Do you think people put way too much emphasis on how bad "explicit language" in songs is?
So, last week at a party, I Shazamed this awesome song called “Patron Tequila” by Paradiso Girls. It’s an excellent party song and now that I finally downloaded it, I’ve been listening to it over and over again.
But what came off to me as stupid was that on iTunes, there are a billion people begging for the clean version of the song because their parents don’t let them buy explicit songs on iTunes.
This song is about getting drunk and throwing up (and mentions it in the song), but no, that’s not the bad part, it’s the “fuck” that’s a no-no. Why is mentioning alcohol and getting so drunk that you’re sick and vomiting better than saying “fuck”?
Words that were once powerful have also lost their power, so the power of bad words changes over time. Back in the ‘50s, you couldn’t say “pants” on TV. It changes.
I just think people make too big of a deal out of it, especially in music. I understand that to many, it sounds trashy, and you don’t want kids exposed to trashy speaking or the sexual and rude meanings of the words. Makes sense. But the kids listening to songs with swearing in them are old enough to know what the words mean and use them. So what good is beeping out the word going to do? I think it just makes the parents feel better; it doesn’t really have any practical use.
Disclaimer: Some people are used to the edited version of the song and prefer it, some just prefer no bad words. I was referring to the ones who only want the clean version because their iTunes restrictions won’t let them get the explicit version. P.S. My parents never restricted my iTunes usage, but that’s because they’re CRAZAY. And we’ve already established that.
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