Marmaduke the movie opens in theaters today, and as the previews flooded the airways, I noticed “Tik Tok”, Ke$ha‘s hit song, was playing on the sound track. And it struck me. I’m not quite sure that’s appropriate.
Don’t get me wrong. I like “Tik Tok” as much as the next 16-year-old. Any song with lyrics like “brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack because when I leave for the night I ain’t coming back” is good by me. It’s catchy, but does it belong in a kid’s movie?
Throw in some Lady Gaga or Cascada or even Katy Perry but Ke$ha? Ke$ha, the girl who vows to fight until she sees the sunlight or at least until “the police shut us down?” Believe me, I’d like to think “the party don’t start till I walk in,” but if I were to be brutally honest with myself, I’d have to admit it probably did. Likewise, if I were to sincerely evaluate this song’s place among children’s music or movies, I would have to say one of these things is not like the other. One of these things just doesn’t belong.
Hopefully, the kids who see the movie will not realize Ke$ha and crew are praising the virtues of going to some frat party or similar venue unless, of course, they see the video. In it she is smashed between hoards of collegiate-looking kids gyrating while beer spills from plastic cups. Or maybe those are just my memories. But my kids aren’t allowed to watch MTV, at least, not yet. And so maybe the children remain safe. Safe from MTV and Ke$ha. I don’t know.
I’d still prefer them listening to something like “Poker Face” because they are, undeniably, ignorant of the hermaphrodite controversy surrounding Lady Gaga. And even if they weren’t, they’d have no idea what a hermaphrodite was. They have, however, seen Gaga’s get-ups, and as weird and sexual as they are, she’s so theatrical and fantastical I think her costumes qualify as art. Even Katy Perry with her bisexual song is somewhat more desirable than Ke$ha because the lyrics can, as happened with some elementary school kids I know, be interpreted as “I Kissed a Squirrel.”
Still, should a song deter me from taking my kids to see a movie? Maybe not, but will I take them?