A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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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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?