"It's Thanksgiving" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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YouTube hit will make you thankful for the "OFF" switch

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Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

Westbrook seems sweet and innocent and genuinely happy about Thanksgiving.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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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Teen, 13 years old Written byThe Euphoric User January 26, 2013


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... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 26, 2012

Not bad

It seems that everything that's not a love song gets hated on. Don't you guys realize pretty much every song is about romantic love? This is just a so... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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