A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that although the title of this song, "F--kin' Perfect," is repeated countless times, its overall message of celebrating individuality is positive and inspiring. The video, however, is very graphic and intense; it shows a troubled teen cutting herself and snorting drugs -- but it ends with a message of hope, resilience, and unconditional love. There's one mention of drinking a beer.
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What's the story?
"F--KIN' PERFECT" is the second single released from Pink's album Greatest Hits....So Far. Like most of Pink's songs, it's topped the charts and created controversy. Co-written and co-produced by Pink and heavy hitter Max Martin, the song is about making mistakes and picking yourself back up and, above all, loving yourself no matter what. The song's graphic and intense video is about a troubled teen who finds her way out of depression and drugs. An edited version is available.
Is it any good?
Although this song's title may be a bit controversial, the seriousness of the message practically justifies it. With smart lyrics and emotional vocals, "F--kin' Perfect" becomes an anthem for those who've ever felt left out, bullied, misunderstood, unloved, or hopeless. The intense nature and language of the song, and certainly the video, are too much for younger kids, but mature teens will embrace its powerful message of unconditional love.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the song's message. The chorus says, "Pretty, pretty please, don't you ever, ever feel like you're less than f--kin' perfect." Can you relate to the lyrics? Do you think Pink means feeling inadequate physically or socially or both? When have you felt this way? What did you do?
Do you like the way Pink gets her message across? Why?