"It's Thanksgiving" (CD Single)

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YouTube hit will make you thankful for the "OFF" switch

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

"Don't be hateful, gotta be grateful," says the song, and celebrating Turkey Day is positive.

Positive role models

Westbrook seems sweet and innocent and genuinely happy about Thanksgiving.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Consumerism

In only a week, this song garnered more than 9 million hits on YouTube and many live public appearances by the artist, including Access Hollywood.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "It's Thanksgiving," by 12-year-old Nicole Westbrook, was produced by the same fame-seekers who brought the world Rebecca Black's montage to everyone's favorite day of the week, "Friday." Like "Friday," the lyrics and content of this Turkey Day anthem are clean, but its status as a YouTube novelty "sensation" is what's most noteworthy about it.

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What's the story?

"IT'S THANKSGIVING," by plucked-from-obscurity tween Nicole Westbrook, is this season's answer to the YouTube sensation that was last year's "Friday," by Rebecca Black. From the same producers (surprise!) who released the TGIF spectacle to much publicity and ridicule, comes this year's ode to Turkey Day. In little more than a week, the single received more than 9 million views on YouTube (and as many positive and negative comments) and won the seventh grader public appearances on shows like Access Hollywood.

Is it any good?

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There are no words for "It's Thanksgiving." Apparently, even the writers understood this, because the lyrics are as dry as an overcooked turkey. Like Black, Westbrook seems sweet and innocent, but watching her sing about mashed potatoes -- "Ay!" -- and turkey -- "Ay!" -- is like watching a train wreck.

At first, she just sings lamely about how awesome Thanksgiving is, and you think it can't get worse. Then, just after she and her tweeny-bopper friends sit down to give thanks for their meal (sans parents), she raps, yes, raps about "tryin' to be forgivin', nothin' is forbiddin...can't be hateful, gotta be grateful, I got mashed potatoes on my table." It delves even deeper into the pit of "this is hard to watch" when Westbrook starts singing into a greasy turkey leg.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the positive and negative aspects of posting videos, pictures, and any other information about yourself on the Internet. How can you be safe when it comes to being online?

  • Westbrook is only 12 but is already getting tons of attention as a YouTube "tank-sation." Do you think it's OK that someone so young is exposed to the media and ridicule of society? Who's responsible? Parents? Record companies? Fans?

Music details

Artist:Nicole Westbrook
Release date:November 13, 2012
Type:Single
Label:ARK Music Factory
Genre:Holiday
Topics:Holidays
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written byNLRicci November 26, 2012
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Sorry, but this is not good.

It should come as no surprise that this song has a positive message about being thankful, but the song itself is abysmal. There are too many downright embarrassing lyrics to even begin to name. There's no adult content, but the song and video are almost comical ( I thought that was Adam Sandler's job). I do feel bad for Nicole because of all the negativity, but it this project was a bad idea.
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 11 years old November 24, 2012
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It's Thanksgiving

This is basically the new Rebecca Black. It is a annoying song, no doubt but that is my opinion. She is just enjoying what she loves doing and people should not hate on her constantly. Stating your opinion is one thing. going out of your way to make sure everybody knows you hate her and to insult her is another. good messages about being with your family and this song was posted on youtube.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written byThe Euphoric User January 26, 2013
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MEH.

Okay to be honest guys I think that it's all Patrice Wilson's fault. Like on the Youtube vid the info below says that the song is written and produced by Patrice Wilson. But, I wouldn't blame everything on her for ruining a girl who is in her early years! *throws hands up in the air* This song is like listening to a pregnant animal having its baby. Surely Rebecca Black will be replaced by Nicole Westbrook. But as I just said I would rather hate on Patrice Wilson, maybe...
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