A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "#Selfie" by The Chainsmokers is a wildly popular dance/pop track about selfie culture. The satirical song is about an unnamed, vain girl at a club whose catchphrase is "But first, let me take a selfie." There's one use of the word "bitches," a few mentions of drinking and smoking, and sexual implications of a girl wondering if she should go home with a guy named Jason. The music video features a montage of selfies with iffy images including a gun and alcohol, scenes of partying, scantily dressed girls, and people wearing shirts that say "F--k your #selfie."
What's the story?
Selfies have become so popular -- especially for a generation glued to their smartphones -- that it was named the Oxford Dictionaries' 2013 Word of the Year. With the help of the savvy social-media-marketing company TheAudience and EDM superstar producer Steve Aoki, The Chainsmokers' social-media satire quickly became a viral sensation. Using the built-in hashtag, the video incorporates actual selfies from Instagram and features celebrity selfies from David Hasselhoff, Snoop Dogg, Steve Aoki, and teen Vine sensation Nash Grier.
Is it any good?
The Chainsmokers have created a clever song that highlights the narcissism of social media with lyrics such as "Can you guys help me pick a filter? / I don't know if I should choose XX Pro or Valencia / I wanna look tan" and "I guess I took a good selfie." It's fun to dance to, but the girl's voice can quickly get annoying and sometimes overshadows the song's pulsating beats.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the role of social media and music. Why do you think "#Selfie" has become a viral sensation?
The unnamed girl "only got 10 likes in the last five minutes" and considers taking a different selfie to get more likes. Do you think selfies have an impact on self-esteem?
What does "satire" mean? Do you think this song is satirical? Why, or why not?
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