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to object to misogynistic song lyrics on childs hoodie

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maevesport Sun 25-Nov-12 19:46:28

Hoodie for an 8 year old boy recieved from elderly relatives as a gift has the partially changed R&B song lyrics ..."I got 99 problems but Bench aint one " on the front.Bench is the clothing brand and replaces the word "bitch" from the original lyrics.
I would not put this on my son and think its inappropriate for a little boys top.
Why would a clothing company think its cool to introduce the idea of calling women/girls b***hes to a child ???
Obviously well meaning relatives had no idea.

squeakytoy Sun 25-Nov-12 19:47:25

And presumably your 8 year old has no idea either, so I dont really see the problem.. it says Bench, not Bitch.

juneybean Sun 25-Nov-12 19:48:02

How are they introducing the word bitch?

usualsuspect3 Sun 25-Nov-12 19:49:53

It says bench though not bitch.

Does he know the song then?

scentednappyhag Sun 25-Nov-12 19:50:20

At the risk of going a bit Louis Walsh, they've taken the song and made it their own. (I actually cringed writing that blush)
They aren't being offensive or sexist, just saying that their brand is good. I'm pretty meh about it to be honest.

juneybean Sun 25-Nov-12 19:51:15

grin scented

Tweasels Sun 25-Nov-12 19:51:53

But it isn't mysoginistic. It doesn't make sense but that's not the point. Unless your son starts doing some research on the origins of his hoodie slogan which is surely highly unlikely then there is no issue.

The song itself is vile though, agreed on that.

catgirl1976 Sun 25-Nov-12 19:52:27

Given the child doesn't know of the original song I don't see the problem.

missymoomoomee Sun 25-Nov-12 19:55:56

It wouldn't bother me, its not like he has the actual lyric embazoned across his top. He would have to do an awful lot of research to link the two things together. I would place money on him hearing the word bitch in the school playground long before he associates it with his top.

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Sun 25-Nov-12 19:57:57

I wouldn't buy bench full stop.

TarkaTheOtter Sun 25-Nov-12 19:59:10

YANBU, but I'm not keen on any branded/logoed clothes for children.

Tweasels Sun 25-Nov-12 20:01:00

And ironically, DS probably doesn't have 99 problems just 1......His Bench Hoodie.

maevesport Sun 25-Nov-12 20:02:03

Yes,I take the point that he would not know the song.
I guess I think its an ugly song with ugly lyrics and now its associated with a childs top and I think there is no need for it.

Tweasels Sun 25-Nov-12 20:04:45

Just give it to a charity shop if it bothers you. It doesn't matter whether YABU or not, if you don't like it, get rid.

winterhill Sun 25-Nov-12 20:06:52

Not much different to the FCUK campaign.

Doesn't bother me to be honest.

catgirl1976 Sun 25-Nov-12 20:07:30

It's not that bad a song. He simply says that if his friend is having relationship issues he has sympathy for him, and although he himself has loads of problems, girlfriend issues do not feature amongst them.

maevesport Sun 25-Nov-12 20:10:48

Interesting to hear other views.
Would anyone of you choose to buy this for a son or as a gift ?

mayorquimby Sun 25-Nov-12 20:11:40

on the plus side this thread made me put on Jay-Z
cracking tune

catgirl1976 Sun 25-Nov-12 20:11:50

No. Bench is not to my taste and I don't really like obvioulsy branded clothing full stop. Especially on children

squeakytoy Sun 25-Nov-12 20:12:31

I wouldnt buy Bench as I think it is totally chavvy, but that is just my own personal opinion.

If it had said a brand that I do wear I would if I liked the design and colour and price.

squeakytoy Sun 25-Nov-12 20:12:59

mayor, the AC/DC back in black mix is very good.

mayorquimby Sun 25-Nov-12 20:15:28

just youtubed it. Nice recomendation, that is brilliant.

QuanticoVirginia Sun 25-Nov-12 20:15:47

But loads of people have used that phrase (just google I've got 99 problems but) and added their own comment re the one thing they don't have a problem with. Nothing to do with the word b**ch unless of course they are talking about a female dog!!!

I don't even think that phrase originated from in the Jay-Z song. I 've heard load so of variations over the years along the lines of I've got a million problems but (insert person/item/product/whatever) isn't one of them

missymoomoomee Sun 25-Nov-12 20:17:34

I wouldn't buy anything branded simply because I wouldn't pay the money for it, but my brother buys my kids branded stuff, if he bought that hoodie then I wouldn't have a problem with my son wearing it.

mayorquimby Sun 25-Nov-12 20:17:38

"Nothing to do with the word b**ch unless of course they are talking about a female dog!!!"

which is exactly what Jay-Z is talking about.
The song is an effort to tackle issues of racism and discrimination in American culture.

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