the spiral decay of culture

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"I Kissed a Girl" is a phenomenon.  This new song by Katy Perry that is getting stuck in every teenager’s head in North America is driving me crazy this week.  It’s getting into my head too!  Argh!  It was a song for Dancing With the Stars last night.  Tyra Banks discussed it on her show yesterday.  It’s been on multiple entertainment and news spots.  (Not that I watch those shows… I’m just saying.)  It’s getting so much airplay and video-play that this song is becoming a part of the current youth generation’s culture.  Perry’s song, "I Kissed a Girl" is stirring a fad at high school and college parties: girls experimenting with kissing girls.  The catchy lyrics (included below) encourage the discovery of what it would be like for a girl to try to kiss a girl, after having a few drinks, of course.  As a result, girls who would have never considered doing such a thing are being enticed to flirt with bisexuality in an environment of alcohol, under the guise of innocence and fun.  Doesn’t that trouble anyone?

I think what bothers me most is the careless promotion of such a sexually explosive subject among pre-teens and young teenagers.  I don’t fault Katy Perry for all of it either- I think she just plain sold out.  The music industry is driving this song… the video channels are eating it up… the entertainment shows are loving it’s edge.  This song is making people wealthy… so they shove it in front of our ears and eyes.  No ethical thought is given to how many young girls are listening to this song, over and over, singing it’s addictive lyrics in their head several times a week.  No matter what anyone’s ideas about homo/bi/sexuality are, what’s happening with this song is irresponsible.  If this were a heterosexual song, it would still be irresponsible.  It says, "Hey kids, want to have some fun?  Get drunk and taste the swinger lifestyle.  It’s no big deal.  It doesn’t mean anything.  It’s just once.  Come on.  You might like it."

But nothing is new under the sun. 

I remember George Michael’s song "I Want Your Sex" stirring a
controversy.  I was a teenager then.  It was an intriguing song at the
time… with a relatively provocative video attached.  Nowadays, that
song and that video would be laughed at for their conservatism.  I
remember my mom being frustrated by that song… and commenting that
the topics and visuals for the music industry would just become more
saturated in all kinds of sexual ideas.  Ideas, I remind us, that are
being sold to preteens.  (Do you remember when Madonna was risque?  She
seems tame now.)

Katy Perry is a pastor’s daughter.  Pastor’s aren’t perfect and their
children aren’t either.  I don’t think this story is more sensational
just because Perry’s dad is a preacher.  It’s ironic, that’s for
sure… but it’s not the main story line.  The most intriguing aspect
to the phenomena of this song is how it illustrates a perpetual cycle
of our world: how culture, when left to itself, spirals towards
disaray.  Away from a foundation of ethics, songs like this are going
to keep bombarding our ears, visuals of this nature will keep consuming
our eyes, and the consequences down the road will hurt us as a
society.  And they will slowly push boundaries more and more.

I don’t speak harshly often at all.  But there is something bigger at work than just a simple catchy song.  This song is just a pawn in a much more serious game.  It’s not the song so much that bothers me… it’s the cultural attitude about the song and so many other subtle mis-leaders of kids… that’s really got me in a knot today.

1 John 2:16 says, "Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you do not have the love of the Father in you.  For the world offers only the lust for physical pleasure, the lust for everything we see, the pride in our possessions.  These are not from the Father.  They are from this evil world.  And this world is fading away, along with everything it craves.  But if you do the will of God, you will live forever."

Read the lyrics for "I Kissed a Girl, by Katy Perry" – and tell me if you think I’m off.

This was never the way I planned
Not my intention
I got so brave, drink in hand
Lost my discretion
It’s not what, I’m used to
Just wanna try you on
I’m curious for you
Caught my attention

I kissed a girl and I liked it
The taste of her cherry chapstick
I kissed a girl just to try it
I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it
It felt so wrong
It felt so right
Don’t mean I’m in love tonight
I kissed a girl and I liked it
I liked it

No, I don’t even know your name
It doesn’t matter,
You’re my experimental game
Just human nature,
It’s not what,
Good girls do
Not how they should behave
My head gets so confused
Hard to obey

I kissed a girl and I liked it
The taste of her cherry chap stick
I kissed a girl just to try it
I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it
It felt so wrong
It felt so right
Don’t mean I’m in love tonight
I kissed a girl and I liked it
I liked it,

Us girls we are so magical
Soft skin, red lips, so kissable
Hard to resist so touchable
Too good to deny it
Ain’t no big deal, it’s innocent

I kissed a girl and I liked it
The taste of her cherry chap stick
I kissed a girl just to try it
I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it
It felt so wrong
It felt so right
Don’t mean I’m in love tonight
I kissed a girl and I liked it
I liked it

2 Comments

  1. Thanks for the comment Chelsea. It’s great having you hanging out at hub with us. I like your website too! You’re a good writer and photographer! It’ll be off the air eventually when the fad dies out and everyone is tired of the song… but the profit-driven system of the music industry and the lustful thirst of our culture I suspect will continue to produce more and more songs like it. It cheapens life a bit, doesn’t it?

  2. I SO AGREE! This song just disgusts me- and same as you, not just due to the homosexuality, but that it makes everything so casual. I remember the first time I heard it, I was like, “Did she just say what I think she said?” I wish they’d take it off the air, but the chance of that is slim to none.
    -Chelsea (from the Hub)

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