I'm not all that into Ke$ha, but when her song "Die Young" came out, I was slightly pathetically obsessed. I like it. Heck, I really liked it. In light of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, though, the song's taken on a new meaning. According to TMZ, the once major mega-hit has dropped drastically in popularity over the weekend, from 167 million listeners to 148 million. A music expert (can I have that job, please?) told the website that a song hasn't dropped off this fast since the Dixie Chicks got the boot after that diss to President Bush back in 2003.
Really, you can't blame a nation in mourning for not wanting to listen to lyrics that say, "Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young," can you?
It makes me feel kind of guilty that it took something like this to make me realize that the message this song is sending isn't all that great. When I really think about it, though, I don't think the song would be nearly as offensive if all Ke$ha referenced was going out and having a good time as if tonight was your last night, period.
It's the word "young" that gets me, though. Ke$ha is essentially preaching to live each night like it's your last. The kicker, though, is that if you're dying young, then you're dying too soon. Dying young means you're passing before your time is up, just like all 20 of those little angels at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Is it the right thing to pull the song? Yes, for the time being it definitely is. There's a heightened sensitivity and a level of respect that the families and loved ones grieving deserve. As for Ke$ha, well, I don't really know if she comprehends all of this, but I think she'll survive. She'll make some other song about getting drunk and wasting away soon enough.
Watch the video here and then tell me, do you think pulling "Die Young" from the radio is the right move?
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