“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?