A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" describes just about everything a parent wouldn't want a teen to do: drinking to the point of blacking out, having risky sexual encounters with strangers, maxing out credit cards, and breaking the law. No consequences are described, making the negative behavior seem fun. Although there's no profanity, the iffy actions described in the song make the single too mature for kids and tweens.
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What's the story?
Racy pop star Katy Perry raises eyebrows once again with "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," a single from her album Teenage Dream that reads like a laundry list of negative behavior: sex with strangers, drinking every weekend to the point of blacking out, getting arrested, and even maxing out credit cards. While it doesn't use profanity or describe hardcore substance use, this song still describes scenarios in which no parent wants to imagine a child.
Is it any good?
Though her risque lyrics are undoubtedly a draw, part of Perry's appeal is her extremely catchy pop hooks -- including this one, penned in part by uber-producers Dr. Luke and Max Martin (who were also behind massive hits by Ke$ha, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, and others). You can't help but sing along with Perry to this party anthem, despite its questionable content.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the real-life consequences of the behavior described in the song. What could happen if you drank to the point of blacking out?
What are the consequences of hooking up with a stranger? What happens if you max out your credit card? Or break the law?
How could you rewrite this song in a more positive way?