"California Gurls" (CD single featuring Snoop Dogg)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
"California Gurls" (CD single featuring Snoop Dogg) Music Poster Image
Sassy summer tune glamorizes partying and sex.
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Parents say

age 14+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 120 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Sends message that girls in California are not only fun and hot, but also easy. Makes partying and hooking up look fun, with no discussion of consequences.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Glamorizes the fact that the fun, "best girls" are "freakin' in their Jeeps" and having sex on the beach, as well as partying and drinking.

Violence
Sex

Lots of innuendo with phrases like, "warm, wet, and wild," "we freak in my Jeep," "melt your popsicle," and "sex on the beach, we get sand in our stilettos." Snoop Dogg raps, "tankinis, martinis, no weenies." There's also some suggestive moans here and there.

 

Language

"Ass" twice.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few references to alcohol and drinking; an overall idea that partying is fun and party girls are attractive.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a typical Katy Perry single: catchy pop with some crassness and sassiness thrown in. There's lots of sexual innuendo and references to alcohol and partying. The song glamorizes the idea of the California party girl, who lives in Daisy Dukes and stilettos and likes to drink and have sex on the beach. The song is lighthearted fluff, but the heavier themes may warrant a conversation with teens about the realities and consequences of drinking and sleeping around.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 16 year old Written by16gardenw February 5, 2011
I really love katy perry. People need to stop whining about sex! Sex on a beach is an alchoholic drink, and weenies are people who are like "chicken".... Continue reading
Adult Written byHeismyAll June 19, 2011

Pathetic!!!

This song puts ALL it's emphasis on sex and appearance!!! It's sending the WRONG message to children. I mean really, does your 8 or 9 year old need to... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old September 16, 2010

Better than Teenage Dream, but Still Pretty Bad...

Katy Perry's lines say, "Sex on the beach/we don't mind sand in our stilettos/we freak in the jeep", "warm, wet, and wild", "... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMinimimi May 22, 2011
For all you people to stupid to know, sex on the beach is a DRINK! they dont mean it litteraly! and obviously if you walk on the bbeach you will get sand in you... Continue reading

What's the story?

Pop diva Katy Perry lathers up fans with a sexy, summer tune about California beach bunnies. There have been plenty of odes to West Coast girls before, but none quite as risque as Perry's "CALIFORNIA GURLS" (featuring Snoop Dogg). The infectious pop tune informs the world that CA girls are the best because they wear Daisy Dukes with bikini tops and stilettos. The fact that they like to drink and have sex on the beach and in their Jeeps adds to their mystique, apparently. The song seems to be a frothy summertime confection, but the messages about partying, having sex, and needing to look hot are troubling, especially for impressionable kids who are figuring out what it means to grow up and be an adult.

Is it any good?

Just in time for the summer heat, Katy Perry dishes out another sizzling single; this energetic but generic pop tune is sure to be blasting from convertibles everywhere. Although the message is definitely iffy for kids, the overall tone is fun, flirty, and ideal for summer parties (for adults, that is!). Snoop Dogg adds a few rap lines, which broadens the song's appeal.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about stereotypes. This song stereotypes California girls as being easy and willing to party. Do you think this is fair? Realistic? Could this song influence young girls in a negative way? Does it make you want to be like one of these California girls? Or go there?

  • Katy Perry has already had a lot of success being a "bad girl." Is it okay to portray an image or sing about racy topics just to sell records? Do you think Katy Perry is "cooler" because she sings songs like this?

Music details

  • Artist: Katy Perry
  • Release date: May 11, 2010
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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