My wife's cousin's kids were at my place and I was trying to find an activity to keep them occupied while the adults did grown up stuff. They asked to play the dancing game on the Xbox. I plopped in the disc for Dance Central and gave a refresher on how the Kinect works.
As the girls were picking out a song to boogie to I recommened playing "Poker Face" as it's one of the easiest songs to dance to. The eldest girl told me they were not allowed to listen to Lady Gaga, so she chose a track from the Black Eyed Peas.
So her paternal figures weren't ok with Lady Gaga, but the Black Eyed Peas were ok? Granted I know little of the Madonna clone, but I never found anything offensive about her music, other than it sucks. Then again I never really listened to the lyrics as I don't hate myself.
I started to think about what Kelly and I will and won't allow when my child becomes of an impressionable age. My parents were against having any kind of modern music in their home for a variety of reasons, most of which I rebelled against as I found most of their reasoning to be ridiculous. Here they were making sure I never owned a Metallica album, but I could sing along with Johnny Cash's "Cocaine Blues"
I really don't care for pop music, but thanks to Disney and the like most girls find that tween music to be the pinnacle of the art. God help me. Still I can handle most of that crap, but if the Black Eyed Peas are played in my home....
"I don't like Los Angeles. The people are awful and terribly shallow, and everybody wants to be famous but nobody wants to play the game. I'm from New York. I will kill to get what I need." - Lady Gaga