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Ke$ha Song Pulled After Newtown Tragedy & Her Response Is Bizarre (VIDEO)

by Julie Ryan Evans on December 18, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Ke$haKe$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.

She wrote:

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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  • c_gal...
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    c_galvan87

    December 18, 2012 at 11:25 PM
    I have never liked this song
  • c_gal...
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    c_galvan87

    December 18, 2012 at 11:25 PM
    I have never liked this song
  • Maias...
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    MaiasMommy619

    December 18, 2012 at 11:32 PM
    She is under contract by her record label to do as they want her to. And in the music business "co-wrote a song" could mean you contributed 1 word and they will put you as a co-writer.
  • Maias...
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    MaiasMommy619

    December 18, 2012 at 11:34 PM
    And about the song.. I don't like the song or Ke$ha for that matter.. She's a dirty train wreck. Her songs make my ears bleed. She is not a good influence to people at all.
  • the4m...
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    the4mutts

    December 18, 2012 at 11:47 PM
    I don't think her response is odd. I think its perfectly acceptable. At least she didn't flip out and say something about how stupid radio stations were being or something.
  • MissC...
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    MissCatalina

    December 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
    Why did you post the video if it's insensitive to the victims' families?
  • Jmom4
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    Jmom4

    December 19, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    I think her response was probably a lie, but at least she admitted that the lyrics were wrong.  I like the song, not for the lyrics though.  If they are going to pull this song, they should pull a lot more, that have inappropriate lyrics!


  • stara...
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    starandseen

    December 19, 2012 at 12:50 AM
    I love the song because the melody is so catchy. I think the original intention of living life to the fullest was correct at the time. The title is meant to be an expression and not taken literally. But due to the tragedy it makes sense why this song is now insensitive.
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    Jwow

    December 19, 2012 at 12:50 AM
    I have 3 small children in elementary and this was a tragedy. I am sure that there a a lot of hard songs to listen to for those parents, even movies to watch. As for the lyrics, they have totally different meaning, also sounds like she experienced childhood loss which would explain her tweet. All in all she said nothing offensive. Great point Miss Cantalina, I bet Julie Ryan Evans had nothing to do with posting the video, or did they make her?
  • banan...
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    banana-bear

    December 19, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    I don't see an issue with the song. She obviously wrote, sang and recorded it before the shooting. She's not a fortune teller. But yeah, sure, I can understand pulling it off the radio for the meantime. There is no need to blast her for it though....


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