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 single stays true to the Ke$ha formula: It's yet another club anthem that glorifies partying, being sexy, and hitting on the opposite sex. There's some profanity, including "s--t," as well as some mixed messages about wearing a Jesus necklace while partying (in hot pants, no less). Parents may want to talk to teens about the consequences of all this reckless behavior, because the song just makes it all sound like fun.
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What's the story?
Party girl Ke$ha has a good thing going singing about going out, clubbin', dancing, and hitting on guys, so it's no surprise that her single "WE R WHO WE R" is all about -- you guessed it -- going out, clubbin', dancing, and hitting on guys. The synth-heavy techno-club beat lets Ke$ha do what she does best: have a good time and sing about it -- ripped stockings, Jesus necklace, and all. It's fine for club-goers but iffy for impressionable teens, especially since the party lifestyle has no consequences here.
Is it any good?
"We R Who We R" is certainly catchy and sure to get lots of play on the dance floor with its infectious -- albeit questionable -- lyrics like "We're dancin' like we're dumb, our bodies going numb, you know we're superstars, we are who we are!" It's no secret that Ke$ha likes to glorify partying, hot pants, and "sleeping in cars," all the while seeming invincible, but it's not the best message for teens. The over-synthesizing gets annoying, but fans will love the club beat and "dancing dumb" on the dance floor.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Ke$ha is known for her partying ways and overall "sexy-fied," carefree attitude. Do you think this image has been carefully crafted in order to create interest? Do you think it's what makes her music so popular?
Do you think it's OK to have this kind of image as a celebrity, even if it's just to sell records? What message does this send to younger fans?
What are the real-life consequences of some of the behavior described in the song? What messages does it send about partying?
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