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Should we worry that our children may love Beyonce?

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Fiona2011231 Thu 13-Mar-14 13:47:23

If I understand correctly, Beyonce is considered the biggest female singer at the moment. The UK media mostly talk about her in positive terms.

I sometimes listen to her music and admire her vocal. However, I did not pay attention to her lyrics - until now. And I was shocked to read the lyrics of one of her famous songs, Drunk in love, which is all about sex. And there are quite a few similar songs in her repertoire.

Do you think it is bad for those children who may love or idolize Beyonce?

Thank you

mrsjay Thu 13-Mar-14 15:36:49

most songs are about relationships love and sex really it is really up to you if you allow your children to listen to pop music could be much worse could be rhianan

NigellasDealer Thu 13-Mar-14 15:40:03

would worry more about the New World Order and illuminati symbolism and messages in her songs tbh.
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adeucalione Thu 13-Mar-14 16:08:55

It's always been the way. My mum was shocked when she realised what Diana Ross's Chain Reaction was about.

They can sing about what they want and through the magic of the off button, we don't actually have to listen to it.

AMumInScotland Thu 13-Mar-14 16:41:11

As long as children are getting other messages in the rest of their life, I don't think you need to get paranoid about one source of crap message. Plus, children can listen to things without any actual understanding of why the message is a problem, because they don't have anything to connect it up to reality.

The constant drip-feed of images bothers me more than words do, as I don't think the brain has to filter them the same way, so builds up a picture of 'how the world is' without being conscious of it, whereas if they think about song lyrics enough to be affected by them, they will probably be alert enough to think 'Yuck'

mrsjay Thu 13-Mar-14 17:40:21

I used to play frankie goes to hollywood album at full blast 13/14 I wasnt corrupted much grin

I remember not hearing the words ot BLurred lines thinking oh what a catchy song took me a few listenes to think WAIT A MINUTE shock

I agree with AMUM it is the constant images children can be exposed too least we can turn music off,

cory Fri 14-Mar-14 08:47:30

I was all into opera when I was 14. La vie de Boheme, which was my favourite, contains a detailed discussion (in Latin) as to whether Rodolpho has or will penetrate his newfound mistress. I don't know how much it has corrupted me: I will admit that I have had penetrative sex (2 dc to prove it), but I couldn't tell you whether Puccini is to blame or not. grin

One of the highlights of dd's junior school years was attending a school concert and hearing 60 sweet little 9 yos singing "I get high with a little help from my friends". For some reason, the Beatles were considered more innocuous than these modern artists. I have not spotted any propensity towards magic mushrooms in dd, though.

mrsjay Fri 14-Mar-14 09:18:10

that is high brow corruption cory grin

Vagndidit Fri 14-Mar-14 09:20:59

My favourite album at the age of 7 was Madonna's "Like A Virgin" smile

Just sayin'

NinjaLeprechaun Fri 14-Mar-14 11:49:09

My daughter listens to Scandinavian Death Metal. Other than wanting a pet Viking and who could blame her it doesn't seem to affect her personality or behaviour in any real way.

Songs are - and always have been - written about sex because sex is what a lot of people (including most teenagers, let's be honest) are thinking about, not the other way around.
Listening to some of the songs I liked as a child, as an adult I'm sometimes shocked at the innuendos that I had no clue about at the time. Oh My Dog, have you ever listened to the Grease soundtrack?
Some people might use song lyrics as an excuse to do what they probably would have done anyway, most won't.

cory When I was in high school we weren't allowed to have that song as our Senior Class Song because of that line. 25 years on, I'm still bitter. Especially as the class ahead of us had Guns n Roses 'Welcome to the Jungle'... hmm

mrsjay Fri 14-Mar-14 11:51:04

bet parents were clutching the perils when my ding aling was in the charts , a line was wont you play wiht my dingaling shock

alwaysneedaholiday Fri 14-Mar-14 11:55:14

She strikes me as a pretty good role model as far as popstars go. There are a lot of songs around at the moment with much less subtle lyrics than hers (I'm rubbish at remembering names of songs, or I would provide examples!!)

EmpressOfJurisfiction Fri 14-Mar-14 12:44:14

At least it's not Rhianna. "I like the way it hurts"? FFS.

Innogen Fri 14-Mar-14 14:36:08

Eat the cake, Anna May has been an eye opener for me regarding Beyoncé.

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