Is ‘Sexy and I know It’ appropriate song for ‘Madagascar 3′?

“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” opens today and as previously mentioned my kids are psyched to see it.

But I have to say that every time I see the preview for the movie I am jarred by their use of the song “Sexy and I know it” in a kids’ movie. I totally get the song has a great beat. And I do think the clip is funny with the bear. However, I just think it’s weird to have it in a kids’ trailer and have kids singing it. (I am interested to see how much it is used in the actual movie.)

Remember in early May a first-grader in Colorado was suspended for three days for sexual harassment for singing “Sexy and I know it” to a little girl in his class.

From ABC News:

“A Colorado elementary school student was suspended from school this week for singing a lyric from a popular LMFAO song, “I’m sexy and I know it.”

“Those six little words from the Los Angeles rap-influenced duo earned first-grader D’Avonte Meadows a three day dismissal from Sable Elementary in Aurora, Colo.”

“I only just said the song,” Meadows told Denver’s ABC7 News. “I’m sexy and I know it.”

“School officials said D’Avonte was suspended for sexual harassment after he sang and the line  to a female classmate who was standing in a lunch line. Unfortunately,  it wasn’t the first time he’d serenaded this girl with this particular lyric.”

As soon as I heard that news I wondered if he had heard it on the movie trailer. It’s hard to get it out of your head. The movie franchise has very successfully used “I like to move it” but there’s no one saying their sexy in that one.

One review in Vulture – a pop culture website — agreed it wasn’t a song you would expect to hear on a kids’ trailer, but they thought it worked.

“The animals are back on the run, but this time they’re (1) in Europe and (2) dashing to the sounds of Lmfao’s “Sexy and I Know It.” Not the song you’d expect to hear in a trailer for an animated kids movie but hey, the beat works.”

Watch the trailer above. The song appears at the end. See what you think. Does it jar you? Does it make sense in a kids’ movie trailer?

61 comments Add your comment

Voice of Reason

June 8th, 2012
7:26 am

That song has single-handedly caused me to only want to eat brown M&Ms.

Voice of Reason

June 8th, 2012
7:29 am

And truthfully, I am more put-off by the whole “Afro-Circus” song……and I’m a white dude.

Maybe because it is sung by Chris Rock it isn’t as offensive as I think it would be.

Class of 1990

June 8th, 2012
7:30 am

I want green M&Ms while thinking of Mother Jane Goose

Augusta

June 8th, 2012
7:45 am

@Class (or lack thereof)….Ewwwwww……

Obama

June 8th, 2012
7:55 am

The stimulus is working!

Jeff

June 8th, 2012
8:03 am

Inappropriate is in the retirement home with discretion, humility, subtle, along with a few other relatives.

Who pushed them into retirement will always be a debate.

Augusta

June 8th, 2012
8:07 am

Theresa, if you don’t like the song, don’t go to the movie. Tell you children you are not comfortable with the music in the movie. I’m sure they will understand. They know that you worry about stuff like that. You are going to pass your fears, stress and worrying down to them. Is that what you want? Stressed out kids?

Go buy a huge roll of bubble wrap. Wrap each kid in it, and don’t let them out until they are 30.

malleesmom

June 8th, 2012
8:21 am

Well….I agree with the first three sentences of Augusta’s comment :) Don’t go. Most movies are no longer made for children but their parents. I don’t agree with this so I just don’t go to the theater.

T

June 8th, 2012
8:27 am

My nephew just showed me LMFAO’s video of this song and a couple of their other songs on You Tube. I think I’m offended and outraged that this song is in a children’s movie not because of the lyrics, but because LMFAO is F***ing awful. As a new parent, I weep for my child’s musical future.

Yoda

June 8th, 2012
8:28 am

Theresa,

Stress leads to fear, fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, and hate leads to the dark side.

Consume you it will.

SEE

June 8th, 2012
8:34 am

Dear Augusta,

Actually, messages such as this song is what causes kids to stress and worry. As a teacher, I notice other YOUNG kids worried about their weight while wearing “hoochie-momma” outfits, YOUNG boys trying to lift weights to build muscle (which can actually cause damage in this young age group), etc. When you consider the damage it’s doing, a parent should worry about messages that relay the idea of attractiveness being the epitome of all ideals. These messages are especially damaging to children who are not developmentally mature enough to analyze such messages critically. They simple take them at face value, and try to imitate what they see or hear. A good parent realizes this and tries to limit such messages and a poor parent doesn’t. Don’t get upset with Theresa because she points out a legitimate concern that you would rather ignore.

Jeff

June 8th, 2012
8:34 am

We had the same stupid stuff growing up that wasn’t any worse.

Tone Loc, Milli Vanilli, Disco Duck, any Rod Stewart effort at disco, etc.

I even recall some lyrics in a Hammer song “I like the girls with the bumps in their butt”.

Add in some Luke Skywalker and the 2 live crew being arrested for singing cathy songs, and LMFAO isn’t any different.

The good thing is that LMFAO will probably never have another hit but can sing one or two songs for the rest of their life and still make a living.

Jeff

June 8th, 2012
8:36 am

Sorry, catchy songs.

homeschooler

June 8th, 2012
8:40 am

Theresa, my comment got lost. Can you find it?

@ T..AGREED!!! I have a serious problem with LMFAO’s band name. I don’t even know what they sing.

Marcus Grahama

June 8th, 2012
8:43 am

LMFAO = Loving My Friends And Others

homeschooler

June 8th, 2012
8:43 am

Jeff..I often listen to 80’s music on Pandora and think “wow, some of this stuff is worse than what I complain about today.” However, I never heard “I Touch Myself” or “I Want Your Sex” in a kiddie movie.

YellsBells&Smells

June 8th, 2012
8:45 am

Theresa….ask yourself, “What is the worst thing that could happen because I took the kids to this movie and they heard that song?” Then ask “Is that outcome realistic?”. Make your decision based upon that.

I remember hearing the word “sexy” when I was a kid in the 70s. I just thought it meant beautiful or handsome….had no idea of any deeper meaning.

FCM

June 8th, 2012
8:46 am

TWG I had two end up in cyber trash…..

T

June 8th, 2012
8:48 am

@homeschooler: I heard it and I still don’t know what they sing either. I guess you’d call it electro pop? It kind of reminds me of Aqua meets Borat.

@Jeff: That’s true. They were all terrible too. My vote would be that since “retro” is cool, let’s go back to the 60’s and bring back more Zeppelin. Ever hear Godsmack cover “Good Times, Bad Times”? Good stuff.

Voice of Reason

June 8th, 2012
8:49 am

You know, my 5 year old recently saw the trailer for the new Piranha 3DD movie and being my typical sarcastic self I looked at him and I said, “Sorry son, we can’t go to White Water because there are Piranha at the water-park and they will eat you.”

His response was, “Daddy, that isn’t real, that’s make believe.”

My 5 year old knows the difference between reality and fantasy….I win as a parent.

Do your kids know the difference?

Figment

June 8th, 2012
9:03 am

They use that song in the M&M commerical that I’m sure kids see everyday. I’m not worried about, I haven’t seen that particular trailer but I doubt they use the whole song in the movie. I think some people worry too much.

FCM

June 8th, 2012
9:09 am

@ Yoda….u feeling ok? That last sentence would be more your style if it said “Consume it you will”

ed

June 8th, 2012
9:11 am

seriously this is what your worried about???

the pussification of america continues…………

MamaP

June 8th, 2012
9:13 am

I don’t think so. I don’t think the 69 Boyz “I Dip You Dip” is appropriate for that new commercial for Hefty Zoo Pals plates.

Fred ™ being repressed

June 8th, 2012
9:19 am

I want that 5 minutes of my life back that I spent reading this and the comments.

I’m being repressed………

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvKIWjnEPNY

jarvis

June 8th, 2012
9:22 am

My children have heard much worse than Sexy and You Know It in music.

They never ask the meaning of lyrics….most kids don’t. I didn’t know Ring Around The Rosey was about children dying of the plague until I was almost 30 for example.

Augusta

June 8th, 2012
9:23 am

@See – Well, if you allow a song to control your world, you have bigger problems.

melissa

June 8th, 2012
9:29 am

taking my children to see this today…ages 11 (boy) 3 (girl) What about the Sun Drop commerical T? Snoop Doggs Drop It Like It’s Hot…did your children see Shrek? It’s just a movie and children getting suspending over trivial things HAS to stop! #imo

A

June 8th, 2012
9:48 am

We’re seeing Madagascar 3 tomorrow and I’m not worried about the songs. I’ve heard the “Sexy” song used as the at bat music for elementary kids at baseball, which I find really inappropriate, but those are not my kids and it’s up to their parents to veto a song selection like that for an 8-year-old.

Roberta Higginbotham

June 8th, 2012
9:51 am

Yes, I think any song with the lyrics “I got passion in my pants and I ain’t afraid to show it” would be inappropriate for a children’s movie.

FCM

June 8th, 2012
10:06 am

Oh Roberta get a grip….after all he could just be answering Katy “Word on the street, you got somethin’ to show me, me
Magical, colorful, Mr. Mystery, ee
I’m intrigued, for a peek, heard it’s fascinating
Come on baby let me see
Whatchu hidin’ underneath

Lucy

June 8th, 2012
10:07 am

Grammar police: “The movie franchise has very successfully used “I like to move it” but there’s no one saying their sexy in that one” should say “they’re sexy” instead of “their”.

Becky

June 8th, 2012
10:11 am

@Voice of Reason..My two say the same thing, it’s not for real..The boy loves the M&M’s commercial..He’s got the lines for that one down pat..

@jarvis..I didn’t know that either.I usually learn something new from this blog every day, so thank you for that..

JOD

June 8th, 2012
10:12 am

Uh, not an issue. Kids don’t think about what lyrics mean, and frequently sing their own versions, anyway. One of DD’s favorite videos is the “I’m Elmo and I know it”, which is a rip on LMFAO. Is hearing this song on the radio or in a movie going to incite risky behavior in a child by itself? I don’t think so.

@Jeff, @Yoda, and @ed – Hahahahahaha

Stacey

June 8th, 2012
10:36 am

Thanks alot Jarvis! Now, I’m going to have to get counseling for my kids because I taught them “Ring Around The Rosey” and they may read your comment and think I wish death by plague on them. Seriously, I really didn’t know that and like my kid, never thought enough about it to care.

Kids (and most adults) like a good beat and catchy tune and don’t know/care what the lyrics are or what they mean. My son usually sings a few words of a song, mumble and hum in tune when he doesn’t know what they are saying, then pick back up and start singing once he get gets to the chorus and recognizes the words again. I am careful about what I expose him to but not so much so that I ban him from cartoons and tv commercials for fear of what songs they may play. If that’s the case, he would be able to watch very few cartoons and supposed kids’ movies due to suggestive jokes and sexual inuendo (sp) that only the adults pick up on.

BlahBlahBlah

June 8th, 2012
10:44 am

I’m offended by crappy music.

jarvis

June 8th, 2012
10:45 am

As an FYI, Snopes says I’m wrong.
I have fallen prey to urban legend. I’m ashamed. :-)

BlahBlahBlah

June 8th, 2012
10:46 am

Isn’t the movie rated PG? Doesn’t PG stand for “parental guidance?”

If you are a parent, and aren’t able to provide guidance on this issue, you fail at life. Please remove yourself from the planet.

Denise

June 8th, 2012
10:49 am

@Jeff – it was not “Pumps in their butts”…it was “pumps and a bump”. Your version is funnier though.

catlady

June 8th, 2012
11:14 am

Maybe it should be “I’m Attractive to the Other Gender and I Know It.”

Jessica

June 8th, 2012
11:32 am

There is an appropriate time and place for ADULTS to celebrate and express their sexuality, but the content of a kids’ movie is definitely not it. Lyrics from songs and images from movies stick in our minds and affect the way we view ourselves and the world around us. This is especially true for young children, who soak up information like sponges. If we allow our kids to watch/listen to things like this when they are little, we shouldn’t be shocked that they are behaving like pervy little monsters by the time they hit puberty.

Exposing little kids to sexual images or concepts is like letting them play with matches. We can try to tell ourselves that it’s okay because fire is a natural part if the world, but anyone with good sense knows that kids and fire don’t mix. There is nothing inherently evil about fire, but kids are not yet ready to handle it and will end up hurting themselves or others if they try. Sexuality is the same way — if kids have to deal with it too soon, they can get burned.

FCM

June 8th, 2012
11:39 am

With all the self-esteem stuff, where everyone gets a trophy so nobody feels bad….maybe the real issue with this song is the guy is self confident (to egotistical) and willing to say he is not going to pretend otherwise.

Whoever mentioned Shrek has it about right….Donkey was full of innuendo and the songs there were just as crazy. Chicken Little (Disney) had “If You Wanna Be My Lover” in it and there was an uproar about it then (and some girl got in trouble for the lyrics at school).

Perhaps if we ADULTS didn’t make such a big deal of the lyrics or draw attention to them the “shock” factor would be gone and the kids wouldn’t care (those old enough to get it to begin with….little kids are busy watching the bear not listening to the lyrics).

Athens Mom

June 8th, 2012
11:44 am

My husband and I both like the song for its novelty value. However, the day that my 7-year-old asked if she looked sexy was a day that had us both freaked out. She said she heard the word on the M&M commercial. So no, I don’t think it’s appropriate for a kids’ movie.

theresa

June 8th, 2012
11:48 am

I will rescue posts as soon as I can. I’m at vbs…..

Jeff

June 8th, 2012
12:33 pm

Denise – after watching the video back in the day, I could have sworn he said “bumps in their butt” as in cellulite, which every girl in the video had plenty of. But, I could have easily convinced myself that was what he was saying and never questioned it again after that. Who knows. Still pretty funny either way.

Denise

June 8th, 2012
1:01 pm

Jeff- LOL at cellulite! Those women thought they were hot and sexy! Pumps and a bump mean pumps = shoes and bump = butt (pumps supposedly make the butt look good).

As for this song, I love it and I love the M&M’s commercial but I agree that I wouldn’t want a kid internalizing the concept of “sexy”. I don’t know if they do or don’t, will or won’t. Having kids think too much about their appearance give them a complex, I think…this coming from someone who still has a complex about my skin thanks to my mother’s constant attention to it (still today even though I’m 39). My mother just told my 40 pound (if that) 4-year old niece she was getting fat so I have a personal aversion to constant comments about appearance.

FCM

June 8th, 2012
1:11 pm

“The midwest farmer’s daughter really makes you feel all right. And the Northern girls with they way they kiss they keep their boyfriends warm at night….” yeah I am thinking my granparents weren’t thrilled with the Beach Boys.

Voice of Reason

June 8th, 2012
1:37 pm

Puff the Magic Dragon…I mean, COME ON!

MA

June 8th, 2012
2:52 pm

Starland Vocal Band: “Afternoon Delight” Ring any bells? We could go on and on with 60s, 70s, and 80s music and lyrics.

Figment

June 8th, 2012
3:22 pm

Not to mention how morbid most nursery rhymes are, most all of them contain lyrics about something bad happening. I think if you don’t make a big deal about the song then the kids won’t either.