Monday, July 30, 2007

Disturbing song lyrics

I work in an agency that helps survivors of sexual abuse, so perhaps I am extra-sensitive to this stuff...

"Girl I want to make you sweat/
Sweat til you can't sweat no more/
And if you cry out/
I'm gonna push it some more"
- Inner Circle, "Sweat (A La La La La Long)"

Hmm, Is that a pick up line, or is he threatening to commit some form of sexual assault? And what the hell does A La La La La Long mean anyway?

But as far as I know, the members of Inner Circle have not been accused of any such offenses, which is more than I can say for the singers of the following:

"It's the Pied Piper of R&B, y'all"
- R Kelly, "Step in the Name of Love"

Yes, for some reason, R Kelly recently started using the nickname "The Pied Piper of R&B" for himself. If we think back to the fairytale, the Pied Piper made music so entrancing that the children of Hamelin followed him from the town, never to be seen again. So perhaps R Kelly chose the monicker because he deems his music so enchanting. The irony is, of course, that this is the same R Kelly who has faced criminal charges for making sex-tapes with underage girls. All you need to know about this can be learned from this piss-take (hah!) from Chappelle's Show.

"Just beat it/Beat it/Beat it/Beat it"
- Michael Jackson, "Beat it"

I wonder if that was playing in the background while Michael allegedly masturbated while fondling a 13 year old boy...
But if you thought that was bad, consider another of Michael's great works:

"Your butt is mine...
I'm giving you til the count of three/
To show your stuff or let it be"

- Michael Jackson, "Bad"


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