Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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'80s music icon uses reality to voice strong opinions.

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Positive Messages

Lauper points out that it's great to want it all, but it's almost impossible and trying to achieve "it all" can be an exhausting endeavor. The series also contains empowering messages about women and others.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lauper is a pop music icon who is refreshingly honest about her attempts to "have it all." She does her best to have a successful career and be a good parent. Her husband is an attentive stay-at-home dad, and the family appears close-knit.

Violence

Lauper sometimes gets into mild disagreements with producers and other folks.

Sex

Very subtle references to marital relations. Conversations about various body parts and how they look in costumes.

Language

Lauper swears a lot. Words like "hell," "damn," and "ass" are audible; curses like "s--t" "f--k" are bleeped. One episode follows a well-publicized moment when Lauper accidentally drops an angry "F-bomb" on live TV.

Consumerism

Apple phones are visible, but the logo is blurred. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few references to beer drinking. Champagne.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual is pretty mild as reality shows go, but contains some salty vocab thanks to the singer's cursing habit. Words like "ass," "hell," and "piss" are audible; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped. The show also contains some strong messages about LGBTQ and feminist rights, as well as the myth of women "having it all."

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What's the story?

CYNDI LAUPER: STILL SO UNUSUAL is a reality show starring singer Cyndi Lauper as she juggles her roles as a successful singer, actress, activist, wife, and mother. While Lauper is on the road performing and making guest appearances at events like the Kentucky Derby Parade and TV shows like The Voice, her husband David Thornton stays at home in Connecticut raising their 14-year old son Declyn. Things get pretty crazy, especially when things go wrong and/or her family joins her on the road. But Lauper does her best to make it all work.

Is it any good?

Still So Unusual, which pays homage to Lauper's 1983 hit album She's So Unusual, offers a behind-the scenes look at how the internationally successful artist works on her craft and her career while being a dedicated wife and mother. It also highlights some of the causes she is committed to, including equal rights for women and members of the LGBTQ community.  

Lauper's personality is fun, but she also offers some candid thoughts about the difficulties that come with being an successful artist, including coming to terms with missing out on much of her son's childhood, and accepting the fact that having it all just isn't always possible. Cyndi Lauper fans will definitely be drawn to the show, and some will find her honest message very refreshing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why successful celebrities agree to appear on reality shows. Is it to jump start their careers? Make some money? Promote a service and/or idea? Do you think celebrities act differently in front of a reality camera than they do when they are performing?

  • Do you think Lauper's family is very different from other families? Is there anything your family does that might seem different or odd to others?

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