"Fashion Is My Kryptonite" (CD Single)

 
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Shallow pop song overemphasizes fashion and looking good.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The overall message is that the desire to be fashionable overrides anything else that's important in life: "When we up in the club / It's easy to see / That we got style in our veins / 'Cause fashion's what we breathe." But the song's title characterizes fashion obsession as a fatal weaknesss, just as kryptonite is Superman's weakness.

Positive role models

Zendaya and Bella express a need to be noticed and respected based on appearance: "Hold up, I got somethin' to say / Our fashion sense is a-OK / Walkin' your way, so you better look nice / We're double dot of sugar and spice." No adult is present in the accompanying video other than a Fashion Fairy Godmother who decides on Zendaya and Bella's fashion choices.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Lyrics are clean -- but the hyper-focus on fashion points clearly to the importance of sex appeal; video shows some short skirts, tight pants, bare shoulders, and sexy runway-style struts, but not much more.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Fashion can be a costly weakness; the world "Kryptonite" alludes to DC Comics icon Superman's one vulnerability. No clothing labels are mentioned or seen in the accompanying video, but guest star/fashion Fairy Godmother Cat Deeley (host of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance) has endless access to designer outfits. And this song is part of the greater Disney franchise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Fashion Is My Kryptonite" is a simplistic pop song about being stylish -- and ultimately, sexy -- so it's not a good choice for young tweens. The video is fanciful and shows some skimpy outfits and runway-style struts. There may be an underlying message about knowing what makes you feel good, but that doesn't depend on a high hemline or designer label. Still, tweens may want to try this one on for size because it's in vogue right now and fueled by the Disney Machine. 

What's the story?

"Fashion Is My Kryptonite" is a single from the soundtrack for the Disney Channel 90-minute movie special Shake It Up: Made In Japan. This song is a duet between singers/actresses/dancers Zendaya Coleman and Bella Thorne, who star in the original Disney Channel series Shake It Up.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

"Fashion Is My Kryptonite" is a shallow song about the importance of looking fashionable and, let's face it, sexy. There's nothing interesting about the predictable hip-hoppy music. Most concerning, however, is the song's message that emphasizes a stereotypical, sexualized image of young females. Tween and teen girls will likely be drawn to these modern-day Disney Princesses due to the crafty marketing as well as the catchy song and entertaining video.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of fashion in our society. What does it mean to look fashionable or stylish?  Do fashion choices change at different stages of life? 

  • How are our fashion choices influenced by TV and movies, celebrities, commercials, and our friends? 

  • What is your style? What clothes and accessories make your feel comfortable? Uncomfortable?

Music details

Artists:Bella Thorne, Zendaya
Release date:August 13, 2012
Type:Single
Label:Disney
Genre:Pop music for kids
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byRae-la September 13, 2012
 

Ugh...awful song.

Seriously, who would sing this and mean it? This song is just so shallow. I bet even other Disney artists laugh at this song. Bella and Zendaya are my age. Why would they prance around singing this like the little girls who idolize them? And on top of that, who thought it would be a good idea to tell little girls that fashion and looking good is the number one priority? I just don't get this song. If I wanted to listen to a song with the word "kryptonite" in the title, I'd listen to 3 Doors Down, thank you very much. Also, isn't kryptonite supposed to be a bad thing? Like, you're supposed to hate it? Or is the word used here to mean weakness? If it's that, than I guess that makes sense. But any other way...that's just plain weird.
Parent of a 5, 8, and 11 year old Written byCassidy D. April 6, 2013
 

HORRIBLE SONG!!!

What the heck is wrong with Disney lately? This song is the absolute worst. It sounds EXACTLY like "Sexy and I know it". It is all about how fashion is the only thing that matters on this earth. And the title is talking about KILLING SUPERMAN!!! And really? Up in the club? What seven year old needs to know about being "Up in a club"? And don't get me started on the video. They wear trashy makeup and stupid outfits and just walk around in an abnormal way like a lunatic! This song is horrible and even my 5 year old hates. You can find better music for your kids people!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Kid, 11 years old January 22, 2013
 

Great, Upbeat Song

I think this is a great, funky song. The positive message is that people shouldn't care what other people think about what they wear. For the people who say that caring only about fashion is what the song implies, I would like to say it's not. Bella and Zendaya are the ones who care and they are the ones who want to wear something nice to a party. The song has a really upbeat tune and it sounds really cool
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