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Ke$ha’s New Single ‘We R Who We R’ Was Written For Bullied Kids. Oh Really?

On Nov. 22 the pop artist Ke$ha, best known for taking song lyrics that would’ve been much handsomer (or at least less butchered) in the voice of another artist, will release her second studio album Cannibal. It will feature the single “We R Who We R,” and it’s being shopped around as a song for bullied kids. “I feel like I’m creating this hopefully very youthful and irreverent movement of the kids, of, like, adolescence,” she says. “I feel like the parents don’t get it, but the kids get it. And they deserve to have more good, positive music.” If kids find a message in the lyrics (“DJ turn it up / It’s about damn time to live it up / I’m so sick of being so serious / It’s making my brain delirious!”) then that’s fantastic. But I’ve got a hard time believing Ke$ha, who is credited with writing the song, turned this one out as an anthem for tormented youth, as she claims to Entertainment Weekly (or at Entertainment Weekly infers). Because the publicized bullycides took place last month, and it generally takes more than a couple weeks to write a song, record it, produce and master it, get the OK from the label, and slap it on an album. It’s great if any song, even a Ke$sha one, uplifts young people; let’s just not pretend it was produced with these kids in mind.