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M.I.A. Tune, “Paper Planes,” Doesn’t Cut it With This Mom

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

I'm proud to introduce Lynn Armitage, a professional journalist/editor and a terrific blogger.

Lynn created her blog, A Mad Mom, because "Yep, I’m mad all right. Mad and disgusted by all the destructive influences on our children in this society: rap music, violent video games, sexually provocative t-shirts, slutty kids’ fashions, MySpace, mean-spirited schoolmates, bitchy, spoiled young girls with major BRATtitudes, reality shows like “America’s Top Model” that send the message to girls that they’re fat if they’re larger than a size 2, etc.."

Here's a terrific guest post from Lynn. For more, visit A Mad Mom.

SHOOT THE MESSENGER

OK, moms… I know you’ve heard this song, and I wonder if it
bothers you as much as it bothers me. It’s a very popular, overplayed
tune called “Paper Planes” by M.I.A.

When you first listen to it, it has a cool sound, a catchy tune and the
singer belts it out in a very distinctive voice, I'll give her that.
You can’t help but listen. Then comes the chorus: “All I want to do is… (pop, pop, pop – the sound of guns going off) and take your
mo-nay…” Then you hear a cash- register drawer opening up.

When
I first heard this song, my teen acted out the gun-shooting part with
the thumbs and index fingers on both her hands, as though she was
actually shooting at someone, and then when the sound of the cash
register comes, she pulled down on an imaginary slot-machine lever. I
couldn’t figure out what she was doing and what “mo-nay” was, and she
quickly educated me.

“Mom, it’s ‘money.’ They’re shooting
someone and taking their money.” At the end of the song, the gangsta
gal brings it to a dramatic close by singing, "Some I murder, some I
let go… "

What the HELL??? Is this what record producers
think our children need to sing along to, or for that matter, is this
what these musical geniuses think is going to sell records? Who do they
think is going to give our teens the money to BUY these records,
anyway?? Not me, and I implore YOU not to buy this CD or let your
children download this song to their iPod, either! Since WHEN did it
become popular for our children to emulate and glorify gangsters?

Please,
PLEASE do your children — and the world — a favor and switch the
station every time this song comes on. Either find the Disney Channel,
some soft-rock station or shut the radio off altogether and use this
time to connect with your children in a loving way, rather than the
way Hollywood is trying to reach them — through mainstreamed violence.