"Can You See Me Now" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Song about troubled teens is OK for kids; video is mature.

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age 8+
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Positive Messages

Positive messages about loving yourself, being proud of who you are and respecting others, as well as not being afraid to ask for help.

Positive Role Models & Representations

 Portions of the proceeds from the song go to charities that help troubled teens.

Violence

Song is free of violence, but the video shows a girl cutting herself, a bulimic vomiting her lunch at school, and an abusive home.

Sex

No sexual lyrics but the video shows a teen boy getting thrown out of his house after he's caught kissing another boy and a girl crying in the school bathroom with a positive pregnancy test in her hands.

Language
Consumerism

Cinkle was "the girl in pink" in Rebecca Black's notorious YouTube hit "Friday."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cinkle is known as "the girl in pink" from YouTube phenomenon Rebecca Black's "Friday." Her song sends positive messages to troubled teens, and portions of her proceeds go to charity. The song is clean and fine for younger kids, but the video has some mature content: cutting, eating disorders, homosexuality, teen pregnancy, and abuse.

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Kid, 12 years old September 14, 2011

good

Video, 11+. The song isn't very good alone, but with the music video, you can better understand her message.
Teen, 13 years old Written bymrbookworm01 November 12, 2011

Really good song with positive message

I've seen the music video for this song and I think the song's really good. The music video has some content that might not be good for little kids, b... Continue reading

What's the story?

Apparently now even friends of YouTube sensations can have a music career, or at least start one. Notorious, accidental star Rebecca Black garnered fans and enemies with her video, "Friday." Now "the girl in pink" in that video with Black, Benni Cinkle, releases her own tune to the delight, chagrin, and confusion of many, "CAN YOU SEE ME NOW." It is, notably, a very positive song that aims its sights on troubled teens. The video, however powerful or poignant, has some serious content (cutting, teen pregnancy, teen homosexuality) that is not appropriate for younger kids.

Is it any good?

Although Benni Cinkle sings a positive song and donates to charity, it doesn't mean that she should be singing. Her vocals are OK, but nothing groundbreaking, and the generic music could be playing on any pop station or Radio Disney any day of the week. That being said, because of Cinkle's altruistic nature, and the fact that this pop song might indeed be an anthem to a troubled teen that needs it, it's worth a listen. The video is certainly powerful, and much better quality than its predecessor "Friday," with a message that's more noteworthy than naming the days of the week.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that this virtual unknown is now releasing a studio single after being featured in a video that was a YouTube phenomenon. Do you think it's impressive that Cinkle is now trying to have her own music career? Does it change your idea of what it takes to be a star? How?

  • What are some positive, effective ways teens can deal with issues such as bullying, depression, or sexual identity? Do you think there are enough resources for teens who need help or guidance?

  • Do you think the Internet and social networking sites like Facebook are a positive or negative tool when it comes to teen issues? Why?

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