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Really, Parents? You're Shocked a Ke$ha Show Wasn't Kid-Friendly?

Posted: 08/13/2013 5:19 pm

Ke$ha played a concert at Caesers Windsor last Friday night that resulted in a litany of outraged complaints from parents who brought their children to the all-ages show.

Among them was Lori Brissette-Fowler, who type-yelled on the Caesars Windsor Facebook page: "Why was this show open to all ages?? So not appropriate!!! Tons of kids, many disappointed people. I wish I would have done more research and not gotten tickets for my son. Disappointed in myself."

"What an absolute mistake taking my step-daughter to this concert," piped in Windsor Star commenter Lana Rae. "you would think that if Caesars Windsor opens a concert to all ages- it would be appropriate!! We left after a couple of songs that were just full of f-bombs and other swear words- looking around at all. The kids I just felt awful- this is a role model to our children?! Caesars Windsor should not have made this an all ages concert!"

As a parent myself, I half-agree. These parents should indeed be disappointed in themselves for making the mistake of taking their kids to a Ke$ha concert. She reportedly flipped the bird, dropped f-bombs, and, as CBC so delicately put it,"featured inflatable women's legs spread wide open," and "made reference to her genitalia and sex acts."

The fact that they were surprised shows just how little research they did.

Ke$ha's first song was about brushing her teeth with a bottle of Jack, she boasts about having sex with ghosts, her 2011 tour was dubbed "Get Sleazy" and the closest Ke$ha has come to making herself kid-friendly is the inclusion of unicorns in her video for "Blow" -- and those unicorns are summarily slaughtered during a shootout with James Van der Beek, bleeding rainbows all over the club floor.

Oh, and she recently launched a line of penis-shaped jewelry and has said her song "Gold Trans Am" is about, yep, her vagina.

Perhaps these parents should have familiarized themselves with Google before taking their kids to Ke$ha concert, Or, better yet they should have considered whether or not it was appropriate to bring their kids to a casino in the first place. The concerts, all-ages or otherwise, are intended for gamblers which is hardly a kid-friendly activity. Oh, and all-ages just denotes that people under the drinking age -- i.e. teenagers -- can legally attend, it is not a movie-style G-rating because that doesn't exist for concerts.

The casino, for its part, rightly resisted the urge to apologize to these outraged moms. "We appreciate that Ke$ha's show may be offensive to some which is why signage was prominently posted to caution the audience," they wrote on their Facebook page. "It is ultimately up to concert attendees to review an artist's material, before purchasing tickets, so that they may make their own informed decision on what is age appropriate, as this is subjective. What may be offensive to some is acceptable and enjoyable by others."

Parents love to place blame on others, but Ke$ha and her antics are hardly secrets -- and no way anyone should take a kid to a concert without knowing what kind of show it will be.

Now I take my three-year-old son Emile to shows all the time. The first was when he was only 18-months-old and we got fifth-row centre seats to see a 'Weird' Al Yankovic matinee at Massey Hall. There really couldn't have been a better show for a little kid. This summer alone he's attended three all-day grown-up music festivals -- but the acts have been like Feist, Broken Social Scene, Neko Case, Belle & Sebastian, Girl Talk and Hot Chip. All totally age-appropriate.

I get the parents can be bummed about this stuff because kids love pop music regardless of how appropriate it is. Those songs are purpose-built to hit our pleasure receptors, and so Emile loves nothing more than singing the chorus to Britney Spears and will.i.am's "Scream & Shout" while I try to time the volume to turn off when the "Britney bitch" bit comes up.

But one of the most important things a parent can teach their child is to take responsibility, and so rather than raging against the casino for booking a bad role model like Ke$ha, maybe they should take a look at the example they're setting for their own kids.

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  • Ke$ha's Got The Hots For Harry Styles

    "We've texted here and there," <a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/407917/harry-styles-and-ke-ha-they-ve-been-texting" target="_blank">Ke$ha told E! News at the MTV Movie Awards last weekend</a>, adding, "No sexting -- not yet. Maybe he can be my cougar bait."

  • Ke$ha's Also Got The Hots For Johnny Depp

    "Me and Johnny Depp had eyeball sex at the benefit concert for Superstorm Sandy in LA," <a href="http://metro.co.uk/2013/04/02/keha-i-had-eyeball-sex-with-johnny-depp-3579559/" target="_blank">Ke$ha told Metro UK</a>. "We never really talked – we just had eyeball sex."

  • Ke$ha Drank Her Own Urine On Her TV Show

    "[My brother] got all the things you would want to see and all the things you wouldn't really want to see -- making out with dudes, drinking my own pee, jumping out of a building, jumping out of aeroplanes, swimming with sharks," Ke$ha told BBC Radio 1. "I was told drinking my own pee was good, I was trying to be healthy ... Somebody tried to take my pee away from me and I said, 'That is mine!' So I snatched it up and took a chug and it was really gross so I don't do it anymore."

  • Ke$ha Had Sex With A Ghost

    "It's about experiences with the supernatural ... but in a sexy way," <a href="http://ryanseacrest.com/2012/09/25/what-odd-topics-does-keha-sing-about-on-her-new-record-audio/" target="_blank">Ke$ha told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS FM radio show of her song "Supernatural."</a> "I had a couple of experiences with the supernatural. I don't know his name! He was a ghost! I'm very open to it."

  • Ke$ha Wrote A Song Inspired By Her Vagina, With Her Mother's Help

    "It began as a song about my car, which is a gold Trans Am, and it works about 40 percent of the time," <a href="http://www.nme.com/news/keha/68939" target="_blank">Ke$ha told Q Magazine of her song "Gold Trans Am."</a> "I don't have another car because I love that one so much. But then like all great pop, it became a metaphor for something else -- my p---y. My vagina is in tip-top working order," she continued. "Valeted and souped-up and working 100 percent of the time." Ke$ha went on to explain that she gets help on songs like "Gold Trans Am" from none other than her mom. "We write songs about boys and sex together," she said. “That may not be normal to the average psychiatrist out there but I think it's pretty cool."

  • Ke$ha Drank 'Blood' Onstage

    While performing at the Brisbane Future Music Festival in Australia in 2011,<a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/231499/so-true-so-false-did-ke-ha-really-drink-blood-on-stage" target="_blank"> Ke$ha brought "a large dissected heart on stage with her,</a> [squeezed] what appeared to be a hefty amount of blood from it into her mouth and down her neck, and [proceeded] to finish off her set covered in the sanguine substance."

  • Ke$ha Fellated A Cannoli In The Trailer To Her MTV Show

    In the trailer to Ke$ha's MTV series "My Crazy Beautiful Life" she is seen "eating" a cannoli (referred to as a "penis") without using her hands and then feeding it "baby bird" style to several people's mouths. A food fight erupts at the restaurant, with cream being smeared everywhere. Super fun times.

  • Ke$ha Made A Bra From Her Fans' Teeth

    "I asked [my fans] to send me their teeth and I got, like, over 1000 human teeth," <a href="http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/celebrity/Kesha-267372.html" target="_blank">Ke$ha told BANG Showbiz</a>. "I made it into a bra top, and a headdress, and earrings, and necklaces. I've worn it out!"

  • Ke$ha Classily Drank Beer Out On The Curb

    Last month, the 26-year-old pop star threw caution to the wind and said the hell with liquor laws, as she drank a tallboy of Budweiser that was wrapped in a black plastic bag, while sitting on the side of the road in Venice, Calif.

  • Ke$ha Introduced Her 'Boyfriend' On Twitter

    Last October, Ke$ha tweeted a photo of this here dildo and wrote "my new bf is doing an interview." So... yea.

  • Ke$ha Got A Tattoo That Says 'Suck It' Inside Her Lip

    Last June, Ke$ha tweeted a photo of her latest tattoo -- and it's one that can only be seen if she wants to show it off: The singer had the words "SUCK IT!" tattooed on her inner bottom lip, courtesy of the folks at Alchemy Tattoo in Los Angeles.

  • Ke$ha Tweeted A Photo Of Herself Peeing On The Street

    A year ago, Ke$ha tweeted a photo of herself squatting down while urinating in the street. She posted the photo and wrote, "pee pee on the street. PoPo come n get me if u can find meeee. I blame traffik."

  • Ke$ha Said She 'Eats' Men

    "I do destroy men on a weekly basis. It's like a hobby. I'm like a praying mantis,"<a href="http://www.glamour.com/entertainment/2012/02/kesha-the-real-girl-under-the-glitter-glamour-march-2012#ixzz1lc7C2xWi" target="_blank"> Ke$ha told Glamour last year</a>. "They f--k me, and then I eat them."

  • Ke$ha's Topless Photo Hit The Web

    In 2010, a topless photo of the singer hit the Internet. The photo showed Ke$ha topless with an arrow pointing at her chest along with a sexually explicit description. Later, two more photos leaked that showed the singer engaging in sexual acts.

  • Ke$ha Puts Beards In Her Mouth

    Always the literal, Ke$ha has a blog titled "Put Your Beard In My Mouth" which features photos of the singer with fans who -- you guessed it -- put their beards in her mouth.


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  • WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: Ke$ha attends the RIAA Presidential Inaugural Charity Benefit at the 9:30 Club on January 21, 2013 in Washington, United States. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 9: Ke$ha arrives at the iHeartRadio CES exclusive party for a performance at Haze Nightclub at the Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter on January 9, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

  • ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 12: Ke$ha attends Power 96.1's Jingle Ball 2012 at the Philips Arena on December 12, 2012 in Atlanta. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images for Jingle Ball 2012)

  • ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 12: Ke$ha performs onstage during Power 96.1's Jingle Ball 2012 at the Philips Arena on December 12, 2012 in Atlanta. (Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images for Jingle Ball 2012)

  • WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: Singer Kesha attends Hot 99.5's Jingle Ball 2012, presented by Charleston Alexander Diamond Importers, at The Patriot Center on December 11, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Jingle Ball 2012)

  • WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: Singer Kesha performs onstage during Hot 99.5's Jingle Ball 2012, presented by Charleston Alexander Diamond Importers, at The Patriot Center on December 11, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Jingle Ball 2012)

  • TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 09: Singer Ke$ha attends 93.3 FLZ's Jingle Ball 2012 at Tampa Bay Times Forum on December 9, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Boyles/Getty Images for Jingle Ball 2012)

  • SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 08: Ke$ha attends the Y100's Jingle Ball 2012 at the BB&T Center on December 8, 2012 in Miami. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Jingle Ball 2012)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Singer Kesha performs onstage during KIIS FM's 2012 Jingle Ball at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on December 3, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Singer Kesha performs onstage during KIIS FM's 2012 Jingle Ball at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on December 3, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

  • NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Ke$ha performs on NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Plaza on November 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Ke$ha performs on NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Plaza on November 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Kesha performs onstage during the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Kesha attends the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 24: Ke$ha attends the 26th Genesis Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 24, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for The Humane Society)

  • NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Ke$ha attends the Versace for H&M Fashion event at the H&M on the Hudson on November 8, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Versace for H&M)

  • US singer Kesha during her performed at the National Auditorium in Mexico City, on August 25, 2011. Joe Jonas is in Mexico for the MTV World Stage Mexico. AFP PHOTO/Alfredo Estrella (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Ke$ha attends the second day of the Wireless Festival at Hyde Park on July 2, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: Chanel Iman and Ke$ha attend the 2nd Annual amfAR Inspiration Gala at The Museum of Modern Art on June 14, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: Ke$ha and James Franco attend the 2nd Annual amfAR Inspiration Gala at The Museum of Modern Art on June 14, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Singer Ke$ha arrives at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

  • LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Singer Ke$ha performs onstage during the 2011 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for ABC)

  • LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Singer Ke$ha performs onstage during the 2011 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for ABC)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 14: Singer Ke$ha performs at KIIS FM's Wango Tango at the Staples Center on May 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 14: Singer Ke$ha arrives at KIIS FM's 2011 Wango Tango Concert at Staples Center on May 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Singer Ke$ha (C) performs during New Year's Eve 2011 in Times Square on December 31, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

  • MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 12: Singer Ke$ha performs on stage at Palacio Municipal de congresos on December 12, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

  • MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 10: Singer Ke$ha attends '40 Principales Awards 2010' photocall at Palacio de los Deportes on December 10, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

  • MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 10: Singer Ke$ha performs on stage during '40 Principales Awards 2010' at Palacio de los Deportes on December 10, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

  • Singer Ke$ha arrives on the red carpet for the 2010 American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on November 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Recording artist Ke$ha attends the Rolling Stone 2010 American Music Awards VIP after party on November 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

 

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