Ke$ha's song "Die Young" has always made me a little uncomfortable. I like the catchy beat to run to, but I often skip over this one as sometimes it makes me think of my children, and of them dying young. But in the wake of the Newton tragedy, the words are just unbearable. So it's understandable that radio stations would pull the song.
Even Ke$ha understands why the song's lyrics are hurtful to many at this time. Tonight she tweeted out an apology, but also offered up a totally bizarre excuse for why she sang the song in the first place.
I had my very own issues with "die young" for this reason. I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO.
Forced to? She doesn't say by whom, or how, or why, so I find it a little hard to believe. It's her voice; she's listed as a co-author of the song; and unless someone physically threatened her or something, what the heck kind of a response is that? The threat of being dropped from a label or losing out on some financial gain is not the same as being forced.
I don't blame her for writing the song in the first place. On one hand it's a message of living life to the fullest, and no one could have known this would happen and how the nation would be mourning. And it's not like this hasn't been said before. So while she may lose some record sales on this one -- and yes, get a couple nasty tweets -- I don't think the backlash would have been bad IF she'd handled it the right way. If she had just stopped at "I understand."
It does seem she may have had a change of heart as the aforementioned Tweet appears to have disappeared from her Twitter feed. Her latest simply states:
I'm so so so sorry for anyone who has been effected by this tragedy.and I understand why my song is now inappropriate. words cannot express.
If only she'd just stopped there in the first place.
Do you think Ke$ha's explanation is strange?
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