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"Stupid S--t" (CD single)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this song promotes irresponsibility, and the idea that something is wrong or stupid to do is made into a sexy proposition by this girl band molded from the Pussycat Dolls' reality show. However, none of the consequences of doing stupid things is explored in this song. Young listeners may come away with the idea that doing something on impulse -- even if they've been told may hurt them -- is a sexy thing to do. The music video shows the band members in school-girl costumes that expose their midriffs and panties. Eventually the girls strip for the camera and proceed to shake around in their undergarments and bounce on top of a bed.
What's the story?
Is it any good?
If there ever was an anti-role model group for today's youth, Girlicious is it. You may be able -- although it would be hard -- to ignore the group's in-your-face sexuality and stripper sensibilities if the music was actually worth listening to. Unfortunately, the music is over-produced with thumping bass drowning out vocals and inane lyrics that make even porn scripts seem intellectually stimulating. The over-the-top sexiness of the group actually works against them, and instead of looking and sounding seductive, the girls come off like feral cats in heat.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why a song aimed at teens would promote stupid behavior. After listening to the song, can you make up lyrics for a song about what happens as a result of these actions? Also, how smart do you think it is for the song title to include a swear word? Can the song be effectively promoted on network TV and radio with this title, or does it hurt its chances for exposure? Does the title in itself give the girl group a hardcore image?