Entertainment Weekly music writer Chris Willman has a pretty great list of what was wrong with the American Music Awards on Sunday night. The first one stood out:
1) Missy Elliott has a huge hit, ”Work It,” that in more prudish times would’ve been classified as soft porn. Love it or hate it, the song is an unabashed celebration of sex, with its blatant lyrical references to oral sex, penis size, female genitalia, shaving pubic hair, sexual positions, and so forth. So how best to illustrate this raunchy number for millions of ABC viewers? Have some little girls come out and breakdance while Missy does her rap. On the very day that Pete Townshend was arrested, you’d think someone would have better sense than to associate prepubescents with the nasty.
Want to see what he’s talking about? Check out the lyric sheet. I was particularly moved by Elliott’s charming couplet linking The Little Drummer Boy to freaky sex. A music journalist friend of mine tells me that “Work It” is probably the most popular song with 11-year-old girls right now. Great, just great.