Gaga and Beyonce Team Up to Currupt

You’ve read our articles summarizing the content coming out of Beyonce. You’ve read our articles summarizing what you can expect from Lady Gaga. So I guess it’s no surprise what results when the two of them team up. It’s racy, it’s explicit… and it’s the number one downloaded video on iTunes right now.

I’m referring to the brand new hit music video for Lady Gaga’s Telephone. Beyonce joins her for this 10-minute music video that CNN calls the most “anticipated, dissected and discussed video in months.”

This video (WARNNG- This video doesn’t say EXPLICIT content- but, even though it has no actual nudity, I think most of you will find it rather explicit) offers a little bit of everything that Gaga knows will sell: girl-on-girl kissing, blurred nudity (I’ve noticed that a lot of videos and TV are doing this lately. They show nudity, but simply pixilate anything explicit), racy outfits (Gaga devotes a good portion of screen time to dancing in a thong bikini), mass murder (complete with props from a Tarentino’s Kill Bill), explicit words… and plenty of “eye candy.” I’ve already seen several versions of the video. One (the iTunes version) shows her almost completely naked spread eagle with her crotch blurred out. Then one of the female prison guards comments, “I told you she didn’t have a d**k.”

I guess Gaga really wanted to clear up any misconception that she was a hermaphrodite.

The video really is receiving a lot of buzz. It reminds me of the buzz that Michael Jackson’s Thriller received when I was a kid. Everyone just HAD to see the video (I saw it at my friend Kevin’s house). Fast forward 20 years and I guess Michael would have had to have been naked for that one.

REACTING… NOT OVERREACTING
Parents and youth workers– sadly, many of our kids will probably see this video. It’s all over the web. Even if we block explicit content, very often YouTube and iTunes will avoid those blocks, and both provide the explicit version of the video.

So it’s this simple. Have conversations with our kids about these kind of videos. If we are relying on “Cybernanny” to do the job for us…. we’re falling short. We need to talk with our kids about simply avoiding this kind of eye candy. Fathers, talk with our sons about what the Bible means when it says to “FLEE” sexual immorality. We don’t need images in our heads of Gaga in a thong.

Keeping aware of popular media in our youth culture can open the door to conversations with today’s teenagers. Let’s keep that door open by not over-reacting, but engaging in a healthy dialogue (like the Apostle Paul did in Acts 17). As parents, balance dialogue with boundaries. It’s okay to say, “This doesn’t belong in our house.” That generally works better than lighting the computer on fire and grounding our kids for 6 months!

Are you prepared to talk with your kids about using discernment when choosing what videos they watch? And for those of our kids that already have seen it…. are your prepared to discuss what they saw?

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over a dozen books including the new Get Your Teenager Talking, The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket, The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenager, and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers, Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation, and the 10-Minute Talks series. Jonathan speaks and trains at conferences, churches and events across North America, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan and his wife Lori, and their three teenagers Alec, Alyssa and Ashley live in California.
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One Response to Gaga and Beyonce Team Up to Currupt

  1. Elizabeth says:

    As the world draw nearer to the end time, the Word of God tells us that evil will only increase more and more. What we have to do as Christians is prepare ourselves and those whom Gos has given us the grace to reach to combat the forces of evil, take a stand and make a difference. We need more Jonathons and others who are not afraid or ashame to speak out against wrong, and not compromise our Godly standards. Elizabeth

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