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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "The Fighter" is an inspiring pop-rap song about the blood, sweat, and tears that athletes face to be the best, even when the odds are against them. There is some minor profanity (the chorus repeats "give 'em hell"), but the overall theme is to "never give up." The video features real-life gymnast and Olympic hopeful John Orozco in his quest for gold.
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What's the story?
In THE FIGHTER, Gym Class Heroes team up, with One Republic's Ryan Tedder to create an anthem that encourages athletes to never give up. The pop-rap single's video features real-life gymnast and Olympic hopeful John Orozco, showing his journey as a youth from the Bronx to the Olympic training gym in Colorado.
Is it any good?
With the eclectic rap-rock sound of the Gym Class Heroes paired with the striking vocals and piano of One Republic's Tedder, "The Fighter" appeals to a wide range of audiences. This talent team and their inspiring message about working hard and not giving up make this single is a winner. Whether you're an Olympic hopeful or a novice, "The Fighter" is an anthem to bring out the gold in all of us.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the Olympics and what they mean to individuals, athletes, and even this country. Do you think the Olympics encourage and inspire kids, or do they sometimes create unrealistic expectations?
Because this song is associated with the Olympics (per the music video), does it make you want to buy the music? Or perhaps more inclined to watch the Olympics?
Why are there so many movies about sports? What are some of your favorite underdog stories?
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