Last week we posted an article featuring the backlash that Ke$ha’s single Die Young took from the unfortunate shooting incident in Newtown, Connecticut. After ingesting a few alcoholic beverages, I thought I’d share my thoughts about the decision of the various radio stations to pull Ke$ha’s track off the air.
I don’t think that it was necessary for the radio stations to refrain from playing Ke$ha’s song on the air. I think that anyone who’d think that it is wrong to play or even listen to the song considering what just happened is taking the song totally out of context.
First, the song wasn’t inviting or glorifying death, and second, it wasn’t even referring to little children. And yeah, you can argue that they listen to the song all you want but that’s still beside the point. The point is that the song is about seizing the moment and living one’s life to the fullest, NOT about being happy about one’s death.
If one just takes the moment to listen to the song’s lyrics, they’ll find that there’s completely nothing for anyone to be offended by. Call me optimistically blind but I just don’t think that (majority of the) people can be that narrow-minded to not even consider the song’s context and then go out accusing anyone of playing and listening to the song as insensitive.
And then we have Ke$ha, who by the way thought that she ought to wash her hands off of the controversy a few days after the incident by claiming that she was forced to sing the song. When she did that, I was like, “What?!” Wasn’t the song made days/week earlier and prior to the shooting? It’s not like she could’ve foreseen it happening, so why is it that she’s acting like she wrote or sung the song AFTER the incident?
And then recently she backtracked again when she recanted what she said about being forced to sing the song. “’Force’ is not the right word. I did have some concerns about the phrase ‘Die Young’ in the chorus when we were writing the lyrics… because so many of my fans are young,” she said. “That’s one reason why I wrote so many version of this song. But the point of the song is the important of living every day to the fullest and staying young at heart, and these are thing I truly believe.”
Frankly, I thought her attempt to get her hands clean was totally unnecessary to begin with. If she hadn’t done that, she would’ve never had to backpedal on anything. She only ended up looking defensive about the whole thing.
OK, that’s it. End of rant.