Sex and the kiddies

Recent news reports showed You Tube footage of pre-teens singing a provocative bump and grind version of Beyonce’s All the Single Ladies.

All the single ladies (7x)

Now put your hands up
Up in the club, we just broke up
I’m doing my own little thing
you decided to dip but now you wanna trip
Cuz another brother noticed me
I’m up on him, he up on me
don’t pay him any attention
cuz I cried my tears, gave three good years
Ya can’t be mad at me

On the most watched entertainment shows, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Headline News, the Brady Bunch-ish little boxes on the screen were filled with faces of their experts decrying the sexually charged performance.

As one expert extols, “My goodness they ought to be ashamed of themselves allowing these children to dance like that!” and, of course, up in one of those little squares video is streaming of the young girls aggressively singing the monster hit and Internet phenom, All the single ladies

Cuz if you liked it then you should have put a ring on it
If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it
Don’t be mad once you see that he want it
If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it

wo oh ooh oh oh ooh oh oh ooh oh oh oh

wo oh ooh oh oh ooh oh oh ooh oh oh oh

What you didn’t see streaming on those feeds were the “Chipettes,” the targets of Alvin and the Chipmunks affection in the movie Alvin and the Chipmunks the Squeakquel. These cousins to the ground squirrels were shaking their hairy little marmot booties while singing in a children’s movie.

I got gloss on my lips, a man on my hips
hold me tighter than my Dereon jeans
acting up, drink in my cup
I couldn’t care less what you think

Should we be surprised when one of the top shows on television, Two and a half men, is consistently in the top 10 most watched programs (can you say masturbation jokes?). To be honest this issue isn’t new, sex has been in cartoons since the world’s most romantic skunk, Pepe’ Le Pew, tried to mate with cat.

Have you ever watched a Shrek movie? In Shrek 3 during the last scene when characters are dancing in a grand musical finale, Pinocchio starts dancing exactly like the late Michael Jackson, complete with precision moves including the beloved wooden cartoon character grabbing his codpiece. What would Geppetto say?

So, the next time you want to complain about the over sexualization of our society, just look to our children, as they’ll lead the way. Because we’ve trained them well.