DON'T BE A DRAG
If you’re not young enough to know what Kidz Bop is, it’s basically a brain-frying series of CDs and videos featuring whitebread kids singing contemporary pop songs for little rugrats to sing along to.
That’s not so easy when you consider how many songs these days aren’t exactly kid-friendly.
Which is why is it was surprising to see that they’d done a cover of Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way.” Not that we think the little pipsqueaks shouldn’t hear Mother Monster’s message of inclusion and positivity—we absolutely do.
We just didn’t think Kidz Bop producers would go for lyrics about cholas, queens and “transgendered life.”
And we were right!
As the clip above shows, most anything remotely questionable is either changed or skipped, the latter including all references to the LGBT community or ethnicity. (And damn if they don’t sing the song in the flattest key possible. Seriously, get some kids who can sing!)
Of course, “capital H-I-M” gets to stay—Jeebus is all about the kiddies.
Ugh, we’d rather hear The Chipettes singing “Rolling in the Deep”
Source: Unicorn Booty
I don’t see why parents even buy their children this garbage. Another problem is that the music artists have no real say whether or not Kidz Bop can use their music. All they have to do is pay publishing fees and that’s it. The only time an artist’ has any say in the matter is if the lyrics of the song are changed.
Kidz Bop has a bad habit of choosing popular top 40 songs that aren’t exactly “Kid Friendly” to begin with, the lyrics are changed by it just ridiculous. In Lady Gaga’s ‘Telephone’: “Eating that grub” stands in for “sippin that bub.” Black Eyed Peas’ ‘Boom Boom Pow’: “Next level sh*t” is replaced with “next level hit.” Christina Aguilera’s ‘Not Myself Tonight’: Replaces “F**k you” with “Boo hoo.” Ke$ha’s ‘Tik Tok’: Replaces the reference to Jack Daniels with the line “…brush my teeth and then I go and pack.” It also replaces “tipsy” with “silly” and “I’mma fight” with “I’m alright.” And Kevin Rudolf’s ‘Let it Rock’: “Stuck his middle finger” has been replaced with “raised his hand and waved it.”
They even tried to use Fall Out Boy’s “Dance, Dance” for an album, even though it had overtly sexual lyrics “I only want sympathy in the form of you crawling into bed with me.”
When the lyrics are deemed to be edited, the artists have the final say to whether or not they want the song used at all. “While Born This Way” doesn’t have the sexual innuendo or swearing as other edited Kidz Bop songs do, watering the song down like that, when its supposed to help empower GLBT people, and could be especially helpful to young people who would listen to Kidz Bop is terrible. Lady Gaga and other’s can refuse to let them use the song if they are going to change the entire message of the song.
This is titled “Kiz Bop” not “Kidz Bop” …