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Blurred Lines and young girls on This Morning

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MulberryHag Thu 22-Aug-13 18:51:13

Watching This Morning (AIBU?? grin ) and they are having a family quiz/challenge session between two families.
For one part of the challenge they play the song Blurred Lines and two of the young girls (aged about 7-9 I think) get given top hats, canes and blazers and they dance about to the music while Ruth says "I love this song!" And their parents clapped, smiled and cheered them on.

Now, am I being a grumpy old fart or am I right in saying this song isn't appropriate for young girls to dance to?

Yeah, I had a bitch, but she ain't bad as you
So hit me up when you passing through
I'll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two
Swag on, even when you dress casual
I mean it's almost unbearable
Then, honey you're not there when I'm
With my foresight bitch you pay me by
Nothing like your last guy, he too square for you
He don't smack that ass and pull your hair like that
So I just watch and wait for you to salute
But you didn't pick
Not many women can refuse this pimpin'
I'm a nice guy, but don't get it if you get with me

Not sure if they bleeped the word bitch out, but I looked at the music video and it's full of naked women wearing only skin-coloured g-strings... Boobs all over the place...

Am prepared to be flamed for being an idiot but I just thought they could've chosen any other song. Sigh.

ReginaPhilangie Thu 22-Aug-13 18:54:11

YANBU, that song makes me angry Gangnam Style would have been better, hell even Sexy and I know it would have been better!

Justforlaughs Thu 22-Aug-13 19:03:30

I think YANBU but sadly it happens all the time, kids on Britains Got Talent praised for dancing erotically to similar lyrics, it's everywhere. I feel a real fuddy duddy when I try to limit what my own DCs listen to. "All my friends have that album, mum". I remember when albums had age ratings and warnings on the covers, now they just get downloaded.

Sparklymommy Thu 22-Aug-13 19:04:25

Shocking! My 10 year old pointed out to me the inappropriate lyrics and told me she hated the song, even though it has a "funky beat"!

I was quite impressed with her attitude and felt a bit proud as she turned the radio off!

Justforlaughs Thu 22-Aug-13 19:04:27

Heck, I remember a real kick up over "Relax"!!! [feels old emoticon]

namechangesforthehardstuff Thu 22-Aug-13 19:09:14

Eurgh shock

Of course YANBU but you should complain and make it official because if no-one does they'll just keep doing it.

MushroomTree Thu 22-Aug-13 19:11:01

Finally a thread about this! I was shock at this when I saw it this morning. Surely they listened to the lyrics before they thought it was appropriate for small children to have to act it out...

As an adult I quite like the song, but it's not the sort of song kids should listen to, or have to dance to/act out!

Parmarella Thu 22-Aug-13 19:11:54

There is a clean bbc radio edit version, with that whole bad bit excluded, and all the bad words taken out.

There is a certificate U ( clean version) of the video as well.

Those versions are the ones kids know.

It was a bbc programme.

Like the Scream amd Shout song my kids like , but onlyever listen to clean version.

Can't get upset over this smile

namechangesforthehardstuff Thu 22-Aug-13 19:31:37

'i love that song mum, can we look at the video on You Tube? '

Yeah still feeling the upset.

GameSetAndMatch Thu 22-Aug-13 19:35:05

1- thats not that awful miley Cyrus thing is it?
2- Parmarella radio friendly version of song must last about 4 seconds then grin

GameSetAndMatch Thu 22-Aug-13 19:37:13

namechange if you can find a link to complain to ITV ill complain too, didnt see it but just waht op wrote is enough for me.

Rooners Thu 22-Aug-13 19:37:17

I actually find the most offensive part is the being told 'you know you want it', I think I find that more offensive than anything else about it.

Like, how do you KNOW I know I want it? Fuck off with that!

BoundandRebound Thu 22-Aug-13 19:42:54

I really like that song. The commercially played version is anodyne as it has been edited.

This is not the MN consensus though. The only appropriate response is to be offended by it I believe

Holliewantstobehot Thu 22-Aug-13 19:43:56

Rooners - that is so the most offensive bit. I turn the radio off when this song comes on on principle. My kids asked why and i just said it was not right and that they were telling a woman to do something she didn't want to do and that a person always should be listened to and respected if they don't want to do something.

PrincessYoni Thu 22-Aug-13 19:44:53

I didn't see This Morning, but I had no idea of the lyrics of the song shock. I have just seen the video and I am appalled that women are content to parade around with just nude pants on, dancing around fully dressed men. It's just another horrid example of the way society recently seems to be going to a disgusting level of chauvinism. It's incredible that we strive for equality and the payback is to be further objectified, insulted and ridiculed. And many women like the ones in this video don't help sad.

Rooners Thu 22-Aug-13 19:45:36

I presume it still contains the 'I know you want it/ you know you want it' line though?

How is that NOT offensive? It's telling someone she wants sex even if she is 'pretending' not to be interested.

I dunno, maybe some people like playing that sort of game but I can't get it myself.

FatPenguin Thu 22-Aug-13 19:48:57

Yanbu - I thought it was icky too.

Feminine Thu 22-Aug-13 19:49:44

Why can't they just dance to Leo Sayer? wink

Crap song . YANBU.

It seems most of TV is oblivious these most smut.

although the lyrics of this song border on something else!

GameSetAndMatch Thu 22-Aug-13 19:51:22

But Princess women complain about chauvenism and the like but these girls in the video werent forced to do that (havent seen nor do I want to see video btw), nor are any of the 'bitches' in the gangsta rap videos and stuff? nor page 3 girls?

TwelveLeggedWalk Thu 22-Aug-13 19:53:03

I remember adoring Relax at about that age though. Had a vague idea it was 'rude', but no idea why.
Do,lyrics go over kids' heads these days or are they all so hyper aware they understand more than fudsters like me?

PrincessYoni Thu 22-Aug-13 19:55:46

I know they weren't forced. I am frustrated by the amount of women who think its perfectly lovely to be the butt of illustrations of suggested rape etc or to think that getting their breasts out for public titillation is a good thing.

NettoSuperstar Thu 22-Aug-13 19:58:06

I have the latest Now album, to play in my car, it has this song on it.
The only one I know what the lyrics mean are this one, because MN go on and on about it.
The rest, I sing along with, but have no idea.
Not a complaint, just saying.

Lizzylou Thu 22-Aug-13 20:03:13

I remember the lyrics of Relax completely passing me by, had no idea what the fuss was about.
I don't let my boys watch music tv channels, as my dh says that most female artists seem to be acting like strippers/ pole dancers in every video. Not on.

GameSetAndMatch Thu 22-Aug-13 20:05:41

princess completely agree with you. and Lizzylou too.

Feminine Thu 22-Aug-13 20:10:07

twelve I remember when 'relax' came out.

My sister was sniggering and trying to get my Mum to listen to try and blush her.

My Mum (bless her) hmm told her: "Darling I have been 'coming' longer than you have"

<<blushing as I type>>

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