Do you ever have a moment when you shake your head and think, “Am I really seeing this?” Unfortunately, I tend to be having more and more of these moments as our society takes a nose dive into a moral abyss. I often catch myself viewing something that I honestly never thought I would witness, whether in the media or in person. So much has changed since the early 1980’s when I saw my first underwear commercial on TV. I was shocked to see so much skin at that time, and the models were actually wearing what now could be considered “granny underwear”.
My most recent, “Am I really seeing this?” moment happened when I took my teenage son and daughter to what our culture would consider a conservative concert. Thankfully, the concert was appropriate and clean, but the karaoke singing activity leading up to the start of the concert was complete filth – and what was most surprising was that the mothers were joining in.
Now, I would be the first one guilty of getting caught up in a catchy tune and then realize that I had been singing a song for years that had inappropriate lyrics. Just put it this way, I am just finding out what songs say that I have been singing since the 1980’s. I am fairly deficient in the music department and mostly just sing the chorus of songs and blur the rest of the words. I like to dance, so I just get caught up in the beat.
So, I don’t want to give the moms too hard of a time – but come on, the lyrics are on a huge screen so there is no way that the ignorance card can be played. My son, daughter, and I looked at each other in shock as we saw many conservative-looking moms and pre-teens dancing and singing sexual lyrics together. I actually felt embarrassed as I watched the insanity. Were these moms possessed by aliens? Was the beat of the song so powerful that it blocked out their brain cells?
The two songs I remember the most were both by the modern pop icon, Katy Perry. So I want you to imagine singing these lyrics with your daughter:
“Last Friday Night”
Last Friday night
We went streaking in the park
Skinny dipping in the dark
Then had a ménage à trios
Let’s go all the way tonight
No regrets, just love
We can dance until we die
You and I, we’ll be young forever
You make me feel like I am living a teenage dream
The way you turn me on, I can’t sleep
I’ma get your heart a racing in my skin-tight jeans
Be your teenage dream tonight
Let you put your hands on me in my skin-tight jeans
I believe that most of us, if not all, have been desensitized to the decline in the moral behavior all around us. The media has done an amazing job at chipping away our moral judgments. Songs are catchy, and it can be hard to hear the words – but, if you actually see words like that on a big screen – please do not sing them, especially with your children!