Honestly, I’m NOT a prude by any means of the word. I’ve been known to tell my share of blue jokes, and even mutter a few naughty sentiments under my breath. I openly admit that. However, I do know enough to temper my comments or behavior in front of youngsters. I’ve always admired the way the Bugs Bunny cartoons had some adult humor in them, that I never “got” until I was MUCH older watching them again!
At any rate, last night, we popped on the television and the Billboard Music Awards were on–in all of their “glory.” Again, I’m not a prude–but PLEASE! Self-proclaimed “greatest,” Kanye West was on there performing, with over 80% of his song being “bleeped” out, due to inappropriate language for broadcast television. And knowing that there are words today that DO make it on TV, that in the past never would, makes one wonder what in the heck those lyrics were last night!
I’ve never considered myself to be old fashioned, but there is something to be said for leaving something to the imagination. Fashion worn by female pop artists these days just doesn’t leave much there. Brittany Spears, while she definitely had a rockin’ body–she must have felt the need for affirmation on it, based upon the getup she was sportin’ as she strutted across the stage, struggling to lip synch to her own repeated one-line song. Honestly, the outfit (and I’m using that term loosely) was what might be worn in the strip club perhaps?
It just made me cringe for any young girls who may have been watching the show at their homes, thinking that THIS was what they have to do, to become popular, famous, or even liked. What a horrible example to parade in front of impressionable minds. You may be reading this thinking– “Oh, lighten up! It’s entertainment!”
I’ll give you that. But then I’ll ask you if you have a daughter, would you want her to attempt to emulate Brittany Spears?
I didn’t think so.
Conversely, there is Carrie Underwood, who scored the Christian Song of the Year, with “Something in the Water.” Of course, we didn’t get to see Carrie accept the award, as it was among those that were not presented on the air last night. Go figure. I guess that’s the price you pay when you aren’t flaunting your body to the public?
Hopefully, your kids are learning that dressing like a two-bit hooker is not the “norm,” despite what is shown repeatedly by some artists in the mainstream. Thank God we’re country music fans, eh?