Yesterday, Jane (3.5) and I were listening to the uncensored version of Maroon 5’s Payphone (don’t judge – well, if you have to go ahead, I’ve already judged myself). I turned to Hubby, after realizing that the version I downloaded used the F and S words instead of the clean replacements we were used to hearing in the car,
“Oh, I guess I should get the censored version – he says ‘$h!t'”
Jane immediately sprang up and yelled,
“HEY!! I like $h!t!”
What could I say, except, “Yes, I like the song, too. But you probably don’t like $h!t, you like the song.”
Hubby piped in, “$h!t is a bad word.”
For a moment, Jane’s eyes gleamed, “Really?”
I saw what was happening, so I stamped out the burgeoning twinkle before it could blossom into anything more mischievous.
“No, $h!t is not a bad word. Bad words are words like ‘can’t’ and ‘hate,’ remember?”
“Yeah, those are bad words,” Jane knowingly nodded.
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So, what will I do about censoring the kids’ playlists? Jury is still out. I probably won’t be playing the explicit version on purpose, but I won’t be holding my hands over their ears either. I’d much rather them listen to swear words than other content that isn’t age appropriate. And I probably won’t be banning swear words once they actually find out what they are from their friends as they get older just because they’re so-called bad words. (Not that I won’t disapprove for other reasons).
Alright, let’s hear it my friends: what are you doing in terms of censorship? Do you play clean or original versions? Or forego grown up music altogether?
Read more about why I’m leaning towards no ban on profanity in my children’s playlists here: