Sometimes I think my moral radar is a tad bit off. My sister showed me this video of little Sophia Grace Brownlee singing Nicki Minaj’s hit “Super Bass”. When you see that a kid is about to perform a popular song, the assumption is that it’s going to suck. But little Sophia surprised me. She knew all the words, the tempo and she put on a little show in her pink tutu and tiara. After I watched the video I thought. How cute! The girl should go into show business. (I peeped how she was able to pick out the changes in pitch throughout the song.) And that was all I thought about it.
Then this morning I saw that Clutch Magazine had done a story on this same video. While many people applauded Sophia’s efforts, the writer over a Clutch was “disgusted”.
Did I miss something?!
Sure, “Super Bass” is not the most child-friendly song on the radio these days but as many times as I watched this video I noticed Sophia substituted some of the more “adult words”.
For instance in the original song, Nicki says, ” …he cold, he dope, he might sell coke“. Whereas Sophia says, “He might sell a car“. And when Nicki says, “And yes you’ll get slapped if you’re lookin’, hoe.” Sophia says “And yes you’ll get slapped if you’re looking hot.”
We can all remember listening to and singing songs that maybe weren’t so age-appropriate. For me it was Jodeci’s “Freakin’ You” and H-Town’s “Knockin the Boots.” I had the general idea, but for the most part I had no idea what I was singing about and I wasn’t substituting any words either.
So my question is this video really something to be disgusted by?
What do you think?