Geriatric Britney Fans

Earlier this week I was swimming laps at my local pool (some of you might remember my blog about when I first began doing this with my kids). Sometimes it’s hard to time it right– there are a lot of other activities and clubs that use the pool. Sometimes we end up on one side of the pool doing laps in a few lane lines, while water aerobics claim the other half of the pool. That’s what happened this week. I was swimming laps while about 14 sweet little ol’ ladies were being led through a 30-minute water aerobics workout on the other side of the pool.

I wasn’t paying much attention to what was going on. But during some kickboard laps I had my head out of the water long enough to hear the music selection… and you’ll never guess what it was! (okay… the title of the blog does give ya a hint!)

I didn’t expect Lawrence Welk… I mean… this is water aerobics. I would expect something with rythm. But I didn’t expect Britney’s song, If You Seek Amy!

Yeah. No kidding. Here are a group of sweet little old 80 and 90 year old ladies dancing to the lyrics:

love me hate me say what you want about me
but all of the boys and all of the girls are begging to EF – U – C – K me.

Then, for those of you who have read the lyrics or are aware of the song… you hear the digital voice in the background saying “f**k me, f**k me.”

I actually stopped and looked over to see if any of them realized what they were dancing to. I don’t think they did.

The aerobics instructor, a young 30-something woman, went on to play Black Eyed Peas and a bunch of other current music with no regard to content. I chuckled and went back to my workout. I guess I was correct when I wrote, “No Wonder Our Kids Listen to It.”

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised with this at all in today’s culture. Adults are readily embracing racy and degrading lyrics. Earlier this week rapper Ludacris filled in for Regis on the Regis and Kelly show. I checked out about 20 minutes of the show. Kelly went on and on about how she had all of Luda’s CDs, etc. Think about this. Kelly is a mom, my age listening to Ludacris lyrics. I can’t help but just wonder, Has she ever stopped and thought about what Ludachris is rapping about? I guess she doesn’t mind being referred to as a “bi*ch” or a “ho.”

She obviously doesn’t mind the way his girls dance.



About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, and You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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