Friday, January 30, 2009

Defending Amy

There's apparently a debate raging between the talking heads on C-list news programs about Britney Spears' latest single If You Seek Amy. Their argument is that if you say the words quickly it sounds marvelously close to the phrase *PARENTAL ADVISORY! EXPLICIT CONTENT* Fuck Me. More specifically, the song goes, "All of the boys and all of the girls are begging to if you seek amy."

So, what's wrong with this? Well, parents' groups are outraged, because they're claiming that this is the song that will be playing over the airways on their way to take their children to school, or on the drive home. They're touting that the single's overt sexual tone is highly inappropriate, and should be banned except for the hours of 10pm-6am, when profane language can be used freely on the radio.

Profane language is one thing, but the only truly free radio medium is XM/satellite radio. This song will not get relegated to being bounced around space dishes. I promise. It also won't get banned from radio. If these groups honestly think that radio stations are going to play the song during times they've got a decent idea children are listening, they're daft and deserve to be slapped upside the head with a garden hose. (I've got one you may borrow, if you'd like.)

While I don't dane to preach about the artistic merits of Ms. Spears - for which I honestly think she has very little, but she's got some infectious tunes - I also don't think there's anything wrong with the song. It reflects our culture today. The average age to have consensual sex is 9. Consensual sex. Not rape, not incest, and not molestation. Wanted and desired sexual intercourse. Also, while this may not be the most pleasant of ideas, it's certainly better than many other topics. 

Britney Spears sells sex. If you hear the song on the radio, and you're a parent with young children in the car, either turn the station or use it as a wonderful opportunity to have the birds and the bees talk. Point of the story: When you make subjects like sex taboo, this is the kind of culture you get. We're OBSESSED with it! Want to take away the obsession and addiction? Teach respect and tolerance for it. Then, maybe in a few years, we'll have a turn back to the days of the Beach Boys.

*shudder*

For your listening pleasure, this is the song in question:


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