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Singers and Cussing: Completely Lame!

What’s up with singers and cussing? I heard Avril Lavigne’s song on the radio yesterday called “what the hell” and it was terrible. Add to that Ceelo’s song F you, and Pink’s F*in perfect. Cussing isn’t cool. It doesn’t sound classy, and cheapens the message they’re trying to get across. Another artist: Green Day and the name of their new album : Awesome as ****. You can fill in the rest. It’s so disgusting and it’s polluting our minds with garbage that goes against what’s good.

We need to stand up and speak out against this type of behavior and not reward them by buying their songs. These singers hurt their own reputation when they do this, along with spreading the harmful message that it’s okay to sing the F word over and over knowing people who are fans will copy this type of behavior. All the best artists in history didn’t need to say cuss words in their songs because they were above that. Just look at Frank Sinatra, Elvis, or Michael Jackson. These singers feel like they need to ‘one up’ each other by getting more and more outrageous in order to sell albums and shock people. Never before in history has cussing in songs been accepted, and even thought of as cool. What do you think about this?

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  1. mkay77

    Posted by mkay77 on August 8, 2013 at 17:16

    I usually purchase clean versions of songs. If not, I slightly modify them, turn the volume all the way down or take out my headphones whenever they’re cursing (unless, of course, the song has a bad meaning)

  2. BLRock

    Posted by BLRock on July 24, 2013 at 18:49

    Whoops , Nicole I forgot to ask. A um, close family member thinks saying ” what the hell ” (excuse the quote please ) ,and crap is ok (he himself does not say the first 1 ,but ocassionly the 2 ) Do you think this is wrong, if so how can I explain its wrong very nicely ???? T.T

  3. BLRock

    Posted by BLRock on July 24, 2013 at 18:38

    Honestly, who comes up with these words, and what they mean ???? Cussing makes you … LAME,WIERD,FOUL,GROSS,NOT COOL,BAD EXAMPLES,DISGUSTING,PEOPLE I DONT WANT TO MEET,MISSINFORMED,UNCONFORTABLE ( on the inside),NOT RIGHT WITH GOD!!!! The last of these being the most important ;D.
    P.S. Please feel free to add any words I may have missed or forgotten to my list in reply’s 😀 !!!!

  4. katie74340

    Posted by katie74340 on July 10, 2012 at 17:41

    I am only allowed to listen to Christian songs, country songs, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber.(I love the song Pray!!) That is exactly the reason that I am not allowed to listen to that music. Even some songs that are country I may not be allowed to listen to for a few words, but I like people like Matthew West, Tobymac (I love TruDOG!!!) and others. The people that cuss in their music is the reason I can not listen to them.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by emilychrissy777 on November 8, 2011 at 07:55

    cussing is lame! 2 kids n my class tried to get me and my friends to cuss and we where like “wow you think your so cool because u cuss but u don’t know how lame it is.”

  6. Posted by on October 9, 2011 at 19:47

    I totally agree but, on your first anti-cosmo issue you said the s word, I’m extremely dissapointed Nicole, God tells us we shouldnt swear and the fact your swearing in a video that your going to post on a christian website for teen girls is pretty sad.

    • Posted by Nicole on October 11, 2011 at 11:06

      I didn’t mean too, and I apologized in a video afterward. I made a mistake, and I asked God for for forgiveness. No more cussing in videos!

  7. Posted by on September 10, 2011 at 23:47

    I have to admit I do curse at times, i accidently let one slip when I got out of a taxi and being a Christian I was SO embarrassed! I do listen to some of Avril Lavigne’s songs and I do like some and i want to pull my hair out because she has some good songs but most of them have the f word or some other totally inappropriate word!
    I am glad that many artists come out with bleeped out versions or ex. P!nk’s song F***** Perfect, I was able to find a edited version. So I think curse words are mostly used to express how angry or sad (mostly angry) they are. But unfortunately most of the time that’s not the case.

  8. Posted by on June 19, 2011 at 18:01

    Frank Sinatra was a drunk womanizer, Elvis was a pill poppin drunk, and Michael Jackson was a pedophile/ drug addict….but since they never “cussed” they are still totally ok 🙂

  9. Posted by on May 30, 2011 at 06:16

    It is amazing you people really care so much about this. It is such an insignificant thing. There are so many really important things going on that affect people’s lives and you are worried about cussing in music. It will not affect your kids if you raise your kids right. The only thing that sheltering your kids from the real world does is make them unprepared for adult life when the time comes. If you want to have an influence on your kids, talk to them and set an example and stop letting pop stars and television do your job.

  10. Posted by on May 23, 2011 at 17:57

    I hate it when people cuss. It’s stupid and over all un-godly. I think that people need to realize that cussing isn’t just something that lots do. It’s something that deeply disapionts god.

  11. Posted by on May 15, 2011 at 11:54

    It’s just really sad to see what a lot of singers and bands have come to. Like Avril? I LOVED her when I was a kid! I mean she had a little bit of language then, but not so much as now. She used to be great to me, and now she’s just…well…trash. It just makes me want to say “What have you done to yourself?”

  12. Posted by on May 8, 2011 at 16:00

    I enjoy Avril Lavigne’s music, but I always purchase the safe versions as “radio edits”, with no cussing.
    Is that okay?

    • Posted by Nicole on May 8, 2011 at 22:25

      Hey Emily- I think that’s smart that you do that. That way you don’t fill your head with the crap you’re giving you, but you can still enjoy the music. This happens to me too, because sometimes I’ll enjoy a song but the lyrics aren’t very good so I like this idea of purchasing an edited version. I’ll do that too, thank you!

  13. Posted by on May 8, 2011 at 14:37

    Swearing has been cool for a while. For instance, in the seminal classic movie “Gone With the Wind” Clark Gable utters what may be the most famous line in movie history – “Frankly dear, I don’t give a damn.”

    Also, I wouldn’t present Frank Sinatra as the pinnacle of goodliness. He was kind of a jerk. In fact, he was a bit of a misogynist, a self-professed drunk, and notorious party animal. Don’t get me wrong, I love Frank, and I was practically raised on jazz. He just wasn’t squeaky clean (neither were Elvis or Michael Jackson).

  14. Posted by on April 30, 2011 at 19:56

    I’m glad that I know how to edit the cuss words out of my songs!
    I think that cussing makes kids feel more grown up. It’s totally sad.
    Still, good point about not rewarding cussing-artists by refusing to buy their songs.
    Keep up the good work!

  15. Posted by on April 24, 2011 at 20:27

    As I read this I completely agreed and was thinking to myself, “Exactly, what about Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and all these famous singers after them”, you totally read my mind!

  16. Posted by on April 15, 2011 at 13:25

    I disagree with this. I believe that ‘cuss words’ are used to express yourself. Avril uses them to express herself. While I liked Avril better in her first two albums, she is still amazingly talented and knows what’s best for her.

  17. Posted by on April 15, 2011 at 09:49

    My friends listen to that??!!! I don’t like much of anything exept Christian but i had no idea when my friends said they were listening to it that ment stuff like this! Thanks for posting this!

  18. Posted by on April 5, 2011 at 14:23

    There are no bad words, only bad usage of words.

  19. Posted by on April 2, 2011 at 19:25

    And Cee-Lo Green’s song is actually just saying that you didn’t want me and now you want me for all the wrong reasons and you don’t deserve me.

  20. Posted by on April 2, 2011 at 18:38

    I don’t care if people cuss. Its freedom of speech and that’s their way of expressing themselves. Sure people are annoying with it but if you don’t like it just don’t listen to it. And music definitely isn’t as good as it used to be. What happened to 2pac and all the others who have gone?

  21. Posted by on March 29, 2011 at 14:23

    I completely agree with you. I completely dislike when singers cuss in there music. I frankly do not find the point in them do so because is defeats the meaning of the lyrics when they cuss.

  22. Posted by on March 29, 2011 at 12:01

    I totally agree. Cussing brings a person’s value WAyyyyy down. I try to avoid anyone who uses any words worse than Cr*p. Haha.

  23. Posted by on March 29, 2011 at 10:44

    PREACH IT GIRL! seriously, what ever happened to just music? like some bon jovi, or styx? skillet has the right idea…but all this hip hop crap…i can’t take it. it’s either about sex, partying, some girl or some boy…meh…

  24. Posted by on March 28, 2011 at 13:57

    I totally agree with everything said here. Cussing so isn’t cool and it’s really immature. Seems like every song you hear today has to have some cuss word in it; which is sad.

  25. Posted by on March 27, 2011 at 14:24

    I’m glad you’re talking about this. I have little siblings, and I have to cover up the computer screen while i change the page when there is garbage where it shouldn’t be. Unfortunately, I can’t cover up the radio.
    I agree with what you said about singers being above that. I don’t think half of them realize how much influence they have through their music. My dad always said (even though this is a bit corny) “Use your powers for good and not for evil”. I think they should hear this, and for me, music is a lot about the lyrics, and it’s disgusting to me when a good song has that kind of garbage thrown in. It corrupts it, and destroys it.
    Thanks for all you’re doing and God Bless!

  26. Posted by on March 26, 2011 at 15:04

    this is so true. if the people most of the world unfortunatly look up to would stop cussing i bet their fans would too.

  27. Posted by on March 26, 2011 at 13:02

    I think that cussing in music is horrible!
    And you rock for mentioning Frank Sinatra. He is so amazing. Whatever happened to the good music? God is a creative God, and He gave us the ability to make music to EXALT, not to destroy!

  28. Posted by on March 26, 2011 at 11:16

    I completely agree!! I am a student and all I hear is the f word in the hallways! It is so disturbing, and then hearing it on the radio doesn’t help at all! I love your website so much because it is so original and completely true! Thank you so much for creating this breath of fresh air for us all!

    • Posted by Nicole on March 26, 2011 at 13:14

      you’re so welcome Kelly! It makes me feel so happy that you like it. 🙂 Have a blessed day!

  29. Posted by on March 25, 2011 at 16:52

    Thank you so much for writing about this! I’ve been thinking the same things and trying to tell others that these kinds of songs are cool, but I feel like no one’s listening. But I’m glad there’s people like you who will stand up for what’s right 🙂

    • Posted by Nicole on March 26, 2011 at 13:12

      Thank you Ruth for your kind and caring words, this reinforces why I’m doing what I do! Just keep setting an example and more people will follow you. I promise. 🙂

  30. Posted by on March 25, 2011 at 09:12

    I totally agree. Cussing just ruins a song and it is definitely not classy!

  31. Posted by on March 25, 2011 at 09:09

    I’m so over Avril Lavigne. I feel like she has to still dye her hair weird colors and cuss just to give herself any relevancy.