LMFAO is Getting a Bad Rap

I turned on the radio the other day and the host and his cohorts were talking about a news story out of Aurora, Colorado, where a first-grader was given a three-day suspension from school after being disciplined for what the school called “sexual harassment” for singing LMFAO’s song, “Sexy and I Know It” to a female classmate, not once but twice!!!  (OMG! The world is coming to an end!)

If you’re not familiar with this very catchy tune, it’s featured in the M&Ms commercial that aired during the Super Bowl game.  If you haven’t seen the commercial, you can listen to the song here.  Even Elmo from Sesame Street has done a parody of this song with almost 2 million hits on youtube.  (LMFAO’s other song, Party Rock, is used in the Kia commercial featuring the hamsters.)

I have to agree with the radio host on this one.  This is not sexual harassment.  The term is overused and when it is, it diminishes what really is sexual harassment.  Now, if you want to say that the kid was disturbing the class, that’s ok.  Maybe it wasn’t the time and place for the kid to audition for America’s Got Talent.  But sexual harassment?  Really?

According to his mother, this was the little boy’s “awkward attempts to impress a girl.”  The male gender has been doing this since the beginning of time.  I’m sure the cave boy threw little pebbles at the cave girl who lived nearby to get her attention.  Guys have been trying to get girls’ attention since day one.  How is this any different from sticking a girl’s pony tail into an ink well back when desks actually had ink wells?

According to the article I read, “the school district pointed to its anti-bullying program, saying that examples of sexual harassment include ‘sexually oriented “kidding” or inappropriate references to sexual matters, continued or repeated verbal remarks about a person’s body (and) making sexual or lewd gestures.’”

This little guy was singing a song that’s featured in a candy commercial and parodied by a beloved Sesame Street character, and he’s now labeled as a sexual harasser?  This is just ridiculous.

The people on the radio, each growing up in different decades, pointed to songs that have been far more explicit than “Sexy and I Know It.”  The oldest guy reminded his listeners of the Raspberries tune, “Go All the Way” and the youngest gal said that she and her friends sang George Michaels’ “I Want Your Sex” and made up dances to it.  The other guy said that Rod Stewart’s “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” was far more explicit than “Sexy and I Know It.”  That one reminded me of “Tonight’s the Night” which was even more explicit.  And can anyone my age forget Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) singing “Black Dog” or “Whole Lotta Love.”  And I’m positive kids heard all these songs on the radio over the decades and sang along.  Do they know exactly what they’re singing about?  I doubt it.  “Sexy and I Know It” seems tame compared to what I grew up with.

Boys/men have been trying to impress girls/women any way they can.  Sometimes they’re successful; sometimes not.  This was just a little boy’s attempt to impress a girl in his class.  To label his behavior as sexual harassment is just plain nuts.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GC36UFUX3FP57OIQ74YHHQUL3M wally

    Amen.

  • genann59

    All these zero tolerance things aimed at kids are resulting in far worse than this across the country. Little girls in Texas sent home from school for wearing Honor Veteran tee shirts the day their dad comes home from combat service; little boy being suspended from school for having put toy soldiers on his hat on a decorate your hat day at school (the toy soldiers had tiny plastic guns in their tiny hands, zero tolerance on guns), kids getting put on sex predator lists in kindergarden for giving their teacher a big hug and resting his baby head against her breast. This shit is insane and indicative of a world gone totally mad. And they do not seem to care that these little kids will be on sex predator lists the rest of their lives for what were truly innocent acts that should not have upset anyone. The little boy who was recently put on a sex predator list for accidentally hitting another boy’s genitals in a game of tag (when you are running around playing tag, if you can remember back that far, it is not always that easy to aim where you will tag someone) . This child was put on a sex predator list. Think he was seven or eight years old at the most. How absurd. Another indication that the inmates have taken over the public asylums.

  • robin in fl

    turning the story into a liberal vs conservative political thing is just absurd ,especially without having all the FACTs,as in how was the kid acting as he was singing about “the passion in his pants”!!!..it comes down to teaching kids manners and right from wrong ..simple as that and if your in someone’s space and annoying or embarrassing them ,then you are in essence harassing them…

  • Roger Ward

    Liberals love to create such “protective” groups; don’t be surprised when they then use their power to “protect” in this manner.

  • Chief98110

    This is a perfect example of liberals trying to legislate for every
    possible thing that happens in life.  Sexual harassment? are you
    kidding.   

  • robin in fl

    Totally inappropriate song for a first grade boy to be singing to a first grade girl IMO.I was not familiar with the song (since really not the type of music I would even listen to),so I had to youtube it with the lyrics.

    Yea, a first grader singing about a “passion in his pants” to my first grade daughter would go over like rubber crutches.

    sure I may have listened to the raspberries singing ‘go all the way’..I was in JR high,NOT first grade,or any of the other songs you mentioned,where I was at least Jr high or above..BIG difference…I’m NOT a prude..I still think Tom Petty singing “break down go ahead a give it to me” is about the sexiest song there is and I LOVE it and sang it ..IN HIGH SCHOOL ,..NOT first grade!

    I wouldn’t even of thought of being or singing about sexy while I was a first grader.
    And who knows if the kid was trying out his latest “bump and grind” moves while singing this little ditty.or perhaps the little girl was embarrassed and told him to stop .hmmmm..I wonder??? and we all know stop means stop.

    I don’t care about this “boys will be boys” stuff..if that’s the case teach them some manners and right from wrong at a young age and it may work wonders.

    yep ,I say it was harassment ,since I think there may be more to the story then just a little boy singing so sweetly into a little girls ear…

  • BDubya

    Although it would seem obvious that this song’s lyrics are inappropriate for first graders, that should not be what is at issue here.

    What is, and what is lacking in this case, is judgement…even with an anti-bullying program in place, which is purposefully meant to cover the school district’s you-know-what.

    Yes, schools and other organizations are put into seemingly impossible situations anymore. But that is because we all allow it to happen. And the after-the-fact shock we experience in cases like this usually stems from some prior absence of involvement on our parts when our voices should have been heard. But I digress.

    In this instance, there most likely was a better resolution to this issue. But this would have involved nurturing, tact, discretion, and a whole slew of other possible rational and common sense approaches which most likely would have had a more positive outcome for everyone. Let’s face it, it required better judgement…and involvement by grown-ups no less.

    Sure we all need to follow rules and laws. They’re there for a reason. But just because we have them doesn’t mean we have to resort to the full force of the law to uphold them at every turn. There is a time for that, as well as a time for leniency. I mean, even a traffic stop for speeding could leave you with a simple warning not to do it again.

    Simply put, any form of suspension was too harsh a punishment for this young 6 or 7 year old.

    I have no doubt in my mind that other schools across the country are dealing with this same subject matter and with kids of the same age. But we aren’t hearing about them in national headlines or on nationide news. Why? Because their administrators dealt with the issue properly by using the better judgement.

    This event didn’t garner nationwide attention because of LMFAO. And Aurora, Colorado hasn’t been flooded with news vans and crews from media outlets from all over because a kid was innocently being a kid.

    This all happened simply because the school’s administration “got a passion in its pants” over something and wasn’t “afraid to show it, show it, show it.”

  • Ron F.

    I do not know if it should be called sexual harassment but I am not sure the lyrics are appropriate for first graders.  The lyrics include “I pimp to the beat” and “I got a passion in my pants and I ain’t afraid to show it, show it, show it show it”.  Nevertheless it seems harmless and the kid should just have been told that it was inappropriate.    A suspension is too harsh of a punishment for a first grader.  It seems schools are put in an impossible position.  In the past, most problems could be resolved with a common sense approach but now we have to have rigid lines of acceptable behavior and defined required discipline.  Wasn’t there a case where a boy was suspended for having a butter knife from a camping trip which was considered a weapon.

    • cmacrider

      Ron F:  I wish they would have suspended kids for misbehaviour when I went to school.  Who wouldn’t want to get out of school and play some baseball.  In may day you just got the strap or had to stay in after school.  (I think that system worked better than all this modern nonsense.

  • GlenFS

    Not a comforting thought that those responsible for educating our kids have no common sense themselves.

    • NANCYE

      Yes – but you do – have common sense, that is.  Maybe you could inform teachers these days.  Looks like they need it.

      I’m with Leona’s signature:

      “I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you”

      • GlenFS

        Thank you, Nancye.  Sometimes I’m not so sure about my judgements, but this one seems pretty easy.  A first grader does not understand enough about sex to sexually harass.  A little chat would do here.

      • cmacrider

        Nancye:  I always take the time to read your posts …. and I assume the comment about Leona’s signature is an intended pun.

        Hoping all is well with you.

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

    OMG. Imagine some frisky kid  in the 1950s crooning Elvis’s  One Night With You  into a little girl’s ear. That should have been ten years in juvie right there.