A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Wiggle (feat. Snoop Dogg)" is a silly, seductive, and suggestive pop/rap song by Jason Derulo that instructs girls to "wiggle" "that big fat butt." Although the song is more playful than sexually aggressive, it still objectifies women and contains graphic innuendos. The official music video features plenty of bedroom scenes and lots of shaking booties.
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What's the story?
WIGGLE is the fourth single from international R&B star Jason Derulo's fourth studio album, Talk Dirty. Following the smash hit club anthem "Talk Dirty (feat. 2 Chainz)," Derulo again teams up with a superstar rapper, this time enlisting West Coast legend Snoop Dogg for a guest verse. The song poses the all-important question, "What you gonna do with that big fat butt?" The answer: "Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle."
Is it any good?
As with the song "Talk Dirty," "Wiggle" is undoubtedly fun and catchy, with a memorable whistled hook and Snoop appearance. However, also as with Derulo's previous hits, the song relies too heavily on weak metaphors and lewd jokes, with lines such as "Cadillac, Cadillac, pop that trunk / Let's take a shot, alley-oops that dunk." It's a known fact that the pop charts love songs about shaking rear ends, but this feels contrived and off-color, betraying the silliness with crude intentions.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the prevalence of pop music that uses women's bodies as its subject matter. Is this simply a case of "sex sells," or does this kind of mainstream misogyny point to a larger problem within pop culture?
There have been songs about booty-shaking since the 1970s. Do you think the fact that sexuality is more and more explicitly referenced in art and music indicates a liberation from censorship, a step toward tastelessness, or something in between?
Snoop Dogg appears to have returned to rapping after spending the last few years working on more melodic side projects such as his reggae act Snoop Lion and funk band Snoopzilla. Do you appreciate it when artists step outside their comfort zones and try new things?