RANT: You’re Stupid And We Know It, School Board

A six-year-old has been suspended for singing the words an LMFAO song: “I’m sexy and I know it.”

The school board thinks he should’ve known better.

You know what the six-year-old knows? That these people look like they’re having a LOT of fun when they’re bouncing around singing this song in the video. They’re cool, weird, neat performers with great hair, exciting lives, and they’re singing a super-catchy song that makes the six-year-old come to life when he sings the song too. And they were on top of the world because of it. That is what he knows.

Know what the adults on the schoolboard know? Better. They damned well know better than to suspend a six-year-old for mentioning the words to a ludicrous song by a campy band. And to call it sexual harrassment?

Zero tolerance” laws are for a moronic people in a moronic world. We’re smarter than that. We know that not everything’s a crime. We know that kids tell lies, adults make mistakes, and shit happens. But we want to seem tough, strong, and like we’re in the moral right, and so we say HEY, ANY CONTRAVENTION OF THIS LAW, AND YOURE SCREWED, PAL.

So what happens? A kid gets suspended because he’s singing lyrics to a song he probably doesn’t even understand.

When I was a kid, I was 8 when I found an Elton John record with my brother at a yard sale. On it was “The Bitch is Back.” I didn’t understand the lyrics, but I loved the way it sounded when he sung the words, and I remember dancing around the room singing all summer long.

In grade 7, I loved the song “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. It would be years before I’d understand it was about premature ejaculation, or even what “premature ejaculation” meant.

We can hear songs as kids and love the way they sound, but not have a clue what the premise is.

Even if the kid had any gleaning of this song’s meaning, to call it sexual harassment when he’s just emulating what’s in pop culture is a ridiculously hypocritical move.

I don’t want to live in a world where there are no shades of grey. We’re boring enough already, people.

Let’s get over ourselves and stop the stupidity. Zero tolerance makes zero sense. Look at cases on their merits, not just under the dimwitted light of asshat politicians who pass laws under the guise of looking tough on crime — because it’s we who pay the price, not actual bad guys.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted May 5, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    This reminds me of the time, in 1979, that my little friends and I did an impromptu “children’s choir” rendition of Drugs In My Pocket” by the Monks. Now, that song is much like the one you’ve mentioned — it’s camp, and satirical, and not to be taken seriously — unless you’re “bleedin’ thick”, as the song says.

  2. Wendy Blackheart
    Posted May 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Well shit, I’m 28 and I didn’t know that “Relax” was about premature ejaculation! But on the other hand, I had thought it was about anal sex.

  3. Ambris
    Posted May 7, 2012 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    That is, without a doubt, complete bullshit.

    I’m reminded of when I was kindergarten–A group of kids singing “Shake Your Booty” in all it’s absurdity. They got time-out for it; apparently “booty” was an unacceptable profanity, and must always be replaced with the euphemistic “body”.

    Not as serious as what happened here–but same idea.

  4. Chanel
    Posted May 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    When i was 6 i was singing “boom boom boom boom i want you in my room, we’d spend the night together” and i didn’t have a clue what it meant.

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