Trump, The P-word, and Hypocrites

Trump-&-DRAMI try not to get political and I try not to rant. I’ll keep my momentum of NOT getting political in this post. This post is not about Trump… it’s about our hypocritical nation.

Last week we all heard recordings of Trump saying some really explicit and degrading stuff about women. It was pretty eye-opening and disappointing.

But it’s funny that while Americans, both conservative and liberal are all shaking their heads at Trump, and calling his statement “offensive”, “degrading” and “intolerable”… we ignore the exact same talk and worse from the musicians (I use that term loosely) our kids listen to.

But I guess since they are “artists” it’s okay to give them awards for saying the same words.

You don’t have to look far to find that kind that kind of degrading talk towards women. Look at the Billboard Hot 100 this week. Sitting at No. 8 is a song called Broccoli by D.R.A.M featuring Lil Yachty. The music video literally opens with a shot of a woman’s butt twerking. The song, video and lyrics objectify and sexualize women… even using the same word as Trump. Here’s a taste of the lyrics:

Screen Shot 2016-10-08 at 7.11.46 PMIn the middle of the party bi**h get off me
In the cut I’m rolling up my broccoli
Ya I know your baby mama fond of me
All she want to do is smoke that broccoli
Whispered in my ear she trying to leave with me
Said that I can get that pu**y easily
Said that I can hit that sh*t so greasily
I’m a dirty dog I did it sleazily

And the chorus:

Ain’t no telling what I’m finna be on
I’m beyond all that f**k sh*t
Ain’t no telling what I’m finna be on
I’m beyond all that f**k sh*t

Pure poetry… don’t you think?

So, let me get this straight. It’s NOT okay for our president to say this, but it IS okay for “artists” who our kids listen to daily?

Or is it that parents are just unaware what kind of content our kids are actually digesting at an average of 6 to 9 hours per day?

Hmmmmm…..

(If you want to see a representative cross section of today’s top music, here’s a quick little YouTube video with the Billboard Top 50 songs from this week…good and bad.)

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; Sex Matters; The Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket; and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers; Connect; and the 10-Minute Talks series. 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, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. 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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9 Responses to Trump, The P-word, and Hypocrites

  1. David says:

    I thought the same thing when I heard what Trump said!!

  2. Larry says:

    Unfortunately, I haven’t seen many people actually outraged by his language. What they are outraged by is his nonconsensual touching and kissing of women. These song lyrics involve a girl who approaches the guy, so they don’t really capture what people are angry about.

    I agree the language should be upsetting, too. But, that’s not what our culture cares about in this situation.

    • Thanks Larry. I agree that people are worried about the attitude toward women more than the language. And I would also argue what what D.R.A M describes in his song isn’t that far from what Trump described (women let me do this…). This song definitely qualifies as similar “locker room talk”… (in a very depraved locker room, mind you)

  3. Dave Hallahan says:

    Neither are okay. But they are definitely not the same either. It’s one thing to combat the sexuality and denigration of women in mainstream music. It’s another thing entirely when those same values, or lack thereof, are being perpetuated by the president nominee of a mainstream political party.

  4. Kristi Miller says:

    Good food for thought! I think it’s easy for people to end up being hypocritical in one area or another in their life. Because when sticking to our standards causes us to have to give up something we should but don’t want to (maybe listening to certain music) or it causes us to feel the need to criticize our choice of a candidate for example, we then make an exception because it’s convenient. I’m sure I’ve been guilty of this myself even though I try to be aware of my choices.
    While I will vote for Trump, I don’t excuse his comments and attitude in that tape from 11 years ago. In this election I can’t base my vote heavily on the candidates’ morals in their personal life because first, neither one exhibits high moral choices. Second, there are much bigger issues like national security and the economy. I’m voting for the one I think will make the best strong leader, not who I want to be friends with the most.
    Hypocrisy during this presidential race is glaring. The media and dems excuse every bad choice Hillary has made but jumps all over Trump and acts outraged. If he shouldn’t be president because of his objectification of women, then Bill Clinton wasn’t qualified either.
    Anyway, thank you for bringing this up to remind us that we need to check ourselves.

  5. Momma says:

    Yes, I agree. Why are people offended when Mr. Trump talks trash but not when singers lyrics are the same degree offensive and they listen to that music. My daughter was very angry after I pointed out the offensive lyrics and asked her to delete the music. Thank you for supporting my parenting efforts!

  6. Aaron says:

    We need to trash Trump just like we need to trash the rap music that degrades women. It is damaging garbage and should not be listened too. The same goes for Trump.

  7. Aaron says:

    We need to trash Trump just like we need to trash the rap music that degrades women. It is damaging garbage and should not be listened too. The same goes for Trump. Two wrongs do not make a right.

  8. Sean says:

    True, but I’m not really interested in hearing about 50 cents climate change or economy plans either.

    Why don’t you people ever go after Country Music? Rap about sex and drugs. Country about Drinking and killing wives.