A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that although STARSTRUKK doesn't include foul language or a lot of adult content, the single stresses that it's acceptable for a guy to use a girl and throw her away.
- Parents say
- Kids say
Talks About Sex in a Misogynistic Way with Unreliable Bleeping for the Edited Version and Poor Music Quality
What's the story?
Current kings of crunk (a musical mixture of hip-hop and electronica) 3OH!3 have teamed up with envelope-pushing pop singer Katy Perry in a reissue of STARSTRUKK, a single from their full-length album Want. The song once again finds the guys down on girls, with lyrics that describe how all women flaunt their bodies in an attempt to hook men -- but 3OH!3 isn't falling for it. Instead, the artists just "set [women] up to knock them down" and don't feel the least bit sorry for it. Though these super caustic lyrics may be a thinly veiled attempt to cover up a broken heart, hurting someone at random is never understandable -- and not the right message for young kids who are just learning the relationship ropes.
Is it any good?
Biting lyrics aside, STARSTRUKK's got a lot going for it musically. A cool, electro-infused beat serves as the song's backdrop, and the catchy talk-sing delivery of the 3OH!3 guys is juxtaposed against Perry's strong vocals in the chorus. As a result, the reissue featuring Perry is even more appealing than the original version.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the song's message. What might have happened to the guys in 3OH!3 to make them write such a negative song about girls?
If you get hurt in a romantic relationship, is there a way to deal with your feelings that won't leave you feeling resentful of the other person?
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