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"Who Says" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Empowering anthem for young girls; great choice for tweens.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 46 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Great message about loving yourself no matter what anyone says and realizing your own beauty, inside and out.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The song is all about empowerment and a healthy, positive self-image.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this song is a great anthem for young Disney Channel fans and tweens who've lost positive role models in stars like Miley Cyrus. Gomez's new single is all about loving yourself and feeling beautiful, no matter what anyone else might say. There's no objectionable content.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2 year old Written bythesavants08 April 7, 2011
I think Selena Gomez is one of the most positive starlets out there right now! The message of the song is great "Who says you're not perfect? Who says... Continue reading
Adult Written byOriginal March 20, 2011

Awesome song!

This song give the listeners to make them be thereself , and give love!
Kid, 10 years old March 21, 2011
First of all, Original *a parent reviewer* , how is it bad? It CAN SAVE A PERSON'S LIFE. If a kid is being bullied, it makes that kid feel worth living for... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDr.Pepsi May 28, 2011

Be yourself

The best song I ever heard, Everytime I listen to this song, I love myself just way I am, and I'm proud of that!

What's the story?

Adolescent and tween-age girls need positive female pop stars to look up to, and it's looking like Selena Gomez is primed to take the spot that Miley Cyrus once filled. Gomez's single "WHO SAYS" is an uplifting song about seeing and realizing the beauty in yourself, despite what others may say. The video shows Gomez happily shedding the "shell" of beauty -- designer gown and photo shoot make-up -- down to her bare feet and natural beauty, saying, "I'm no beauty queen, I'm just beautiful me."

Is it any good?

Although she's cute as a button, Gomez was in danger of becoming yet another interchangeable Disney pop star. "Who Says" reveals a slightly more abrasive, organic quality to Gomez's voice that's refreshing, real, and much more appealing. Different from her previous club-friendly singles, "Who Says," which features Gomez's band, The Scene, is acoustic pop with singable lyrics and a catchy chorus that makes you feel good about yourself: "I wouldn't wanna be anybody else."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the song shrugs off the idea that there's only one type of beauty and embraces the fact that there's beauty in all of us. Do you think there's enough of this kind of positive empowerment in entertainment today?

  • What does it mean to be a positive role model? Do you think it's fair to expect celebrities, especially those on networks like Disney, to be positive role models for young fans? Do you think younger fans can distinguish between the character that they love on a show and the real person?

  • What does the phrase "judging a book by its cover" mean? Can you think of an instance where you might have judged someone solely based on the way they looked or dressed?

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