Britney Spears’ Racy “If U Seek Amy” Hits the Radio, Angers Parents
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2009 Jan 26
Okay, here in my late-forties, I've gotten a little slow on the uptake, so I listened to a clip of the song on iTunes, and I really do get it now. Good ol' Britney sings (repeatedly): "all of the boys and all of the girls are begging to if you seek amy..." Clever. Raunchy, but clever. It's not likely, however, that adolescents will miss Britney's point. For more information on this, see The Source for Youth Ministry, David R. Smith's culture piece about the song here. Smith concludes (and I agree), "Music matters to teenagers, so this is one conversation that’s worth all the effort it requires."
The Parents Television Council is livid that Britney Spears‘ cunningly titled “If U Seek Amy” is getting radio play, despite the fact that the title and lyrics essentially say “F-*-*-K Me.” Parents in Australia first complained about the song’s content, and now that the track has become the third single off Circus, American parents are lining up to demand radio stations cease playing the song between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. as it “violates the broadcast indecency law.”
“There is no misinterpreting the lyrics to this song, and it’s certainly not about a girl named Amy,” PTC president Tim Winter said. “It’s one thing for a song with these lyrics to be included on a CD so that fans who wish to hear it can do so, but it’s an entirely different matter when this song is played over the publicly owned airwaves, especially at a time when children are likely to be in the listening audience.”
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