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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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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 ...
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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