HOUSTON – Chances are, you’ve heard Kesha’s song “Die Young” where she sings, “Let’s make the most of the night like we’re gonna die young.”
It’s topped the American Top 40 for two weeks, but don’t look for it on the radio. A lot of stations like Houston’s Hot 95-7 pulled it after the recent Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.
High schooler Eduardo Arvizu agrees with that decision, “Since I have a four-year-old sister, and since I relate it directly to the situation in Connecticut, I think it’s a good thing that they pulled it off the air.”
Kesha herself tweeted, “I’m so so so sorry for anyone who has been effected (sic) by this tragedy. And I understand why my song is now inappropriate.”
She even tweeted somoene “forced” her to sing it, but quickly deleted that post. Who could have “forced” her? She co-wrote it!
This is not the first time something like this has happened. After the Aurora, Colorado shooting last July, producers of the new movie “Gangster Squad” decided to cut a scene where mobsters shoot up a movie theater. They postponed the film and shot a different scene to replace it.
After 9-11, a bunch of films, including “Zoolander” and “Serendipity,” went back and digitally deleted the twin towers.
More recently, after the Newtown tragedy, Tom Cruise’s shoot-em-up flick “Jack Reacher” had its premiere cancelled, and the Syfy channel bumped an episode of “Haven” where a girl hijacks a high school reunion at gunpoint.
But if art reflects life, then why when it mirrors it too closely do we pull the plug?
Leah Kelly, a Houston mom of grade school kids, thinks taking Kesha’s song off the air is ridiculous, “I believe the song existed before the tragedy… It’s an artist’s form of expression. It’s a good song. We all enjoy turnin’ it really loud and jammin’ it.”
Jospeh, a senior at Lee High School agrees, “A lot of things offend a lot of people, but creativity has to be free. That’s America.”
His fellow student Saliem Machha disagrees. He warns parents to keep control over what their kids are listening to and watching, “Violence is not good for our society. I don’t think it should be shown regularly on TV.”
So despite folks always talking about “keeping it real,” it seems when it comes to movies, TV & music, there’s such a thing as “too real.”