You wouldn't know it from her lame and listless performance on Saturday Night Live a few weeks back, but Avril Lavigne has come up with the catchiest rock 'n' roll single and best summer pop anthem since Hoku's Perfect Day. Girlfriend is sitting at #2 on Billboard's Hot 100, and its cheerleader rhythms and catchy phrases have got our six-year-old singing it in the backseat because she's a little girl-- and that's Avril's target audience, right? Little girls and teenage boys who respond to her pop tunes and squeaky prefab punk princess image.
So why does she have the word "motherfucking" in the first verse?
Don't pretend I think you know
I'm damn precious
I'm the motherfucking princess
I can tell you like me too
and you know I'm right
(I'm right I'm right I'm right)
And why, after nine weeks on the charts, has no one complained about-- or even mentioned-- "I'm the motherfucking princess"?
Let us be the first. The folks who rant on about Imus or rap music are missing something. Here we've got pure preteen pop, marketed by big old RCA with a Scooby Doo style video (see it here) and lots of airplay--with the word "motherfucking' thrown in.
This shit is bananas.