Nicky Minaj song is not for children

Nicky Minaj song is not for children You know that you are getting older when you catch yourself complaining about the quality of the music the younger generation listens to. I remember when my mom caught me sneaking a Def Leppard tape (if you don't kno

You know that you are getting older when you catch yourself complaining about the quality of the music the younger generation listens to. I remember when my mom caught me sneaking a Def Leppard tape (if you don’t know what a “tape” is, then move right along – this letter ain’t for you) into the house, and the disgusted look on her face when she made me play it in front of her. Now, it seems, I am getting as old as she was then.

I recently chaperoned a Grade 6 dance at my daughter’s elementary school. Wisely, I brought a pair of headphones with me so I could listen to something tolerable while roaming the gymnasium. Not-so-wisely, I forgot how loud kids like their music. While the kids ran around and danced, my eardrums were treated to a collection of drivel about shaking things off, hearts going boom, and, of course, “whoppa-ing” the Gangnam style.

One particular gem stood out, however. It wasn’t the catchy tune that surprised me, or even the fact that almost all the 11- and 12-year-old kids in the room were familiar enough with the song to shout along with the main verse. It was the crude sexual reference to one’s “anaconda” being aroused only by women with large butts. Having grown up with Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “I like Big Butts,” I was only mildly annoyed by this … until I decided to look up the lyrics.

Turns out that Nicky Minaj’s “Anaconda” isn’t so shallow as to just be about an attraction to large butts. Nope, it has much more content. The song takes us on a whirlwind tour of dating a drug dealer. It then moves into a colourful description of anal sex with a well-endowed man who has cocaine to pay for it. It does come back to its roots at the end, however, with expletive-filled lines about a preference for “the big fat ass bitches.”

Now, to be fair, the song played at the Grade 6 dance for 11- and 12-year-olds was not the full release with explicit language. It was the “safe” version with the swear words and some of the raciest content edited out. That doesn’t leave much left to work with, but what you do get is just that girls with large butts have lots of fun with guys. I suppose some genius record producer realized that this song couldn’t reach its full potential if marketed only to adults, and so packaged a version for children.

The result is still a song about dealing drugs, carrying a gun so you can make people “push daffodils,” paying for anal sex with cocaine, and saving your “anaconda” for those special women with larger than average butts. But without the bad words, so our kids can enjoy it, too.

Not my thing, but like I said, maybe I’m just getting old.

Dave Anderson

Whitehorse

Just Posted

No vacancy: Whitehorse family spends five months seeking housing

‘I didn’t think it would be this hard’

Bedbug situation in Whitehorse building becoming intolerable, resident says

Gabriel Smarch said he’s been dealing with bedbugs since he moved into his apartment 15 years ago

Yukon government transfers responsibility for Native Language Centre to CYFN

‘At the end of the day the importance is that First Nations have control of the language’

New operator applies for licence at shuttered Whitehorse daycare

Application has listed a proposed program start date of Feb. 1.

The week in Yukon mining

Goldcorp re-submits Coffee plans, Mount Nansen sale looms, Kudz Ze Kayah comments open

Ice, ice, baby: scaling a frozen Yukon waterfall

‘There’s a really transformative affect with adventure’

Yukon history is picture post card perfect

The most interesting gift I received at Christmas this year was the… Continue reading

Contentious Whitehorse quarry proposal raises city hackles

‘We’ve had concerns from the get-go on this one’

Whitehorse time machine

Yukon’s capital added 10,000 people over the last three decades, no YESAB application needed

How to make sure your car starts in the cold

It’s about more than just making sure your plug works

Whitehorse fuel delivery company fined $1,100 for Rancheria crash

The Crown stayed two other charges against the company related to the Aug. 7, 2017, crash

Most Read