NPR on Fantasia’s ‘Baby Mama’


Yesterday’s Morning Edition on NPR covered the “controversy” over American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino’s song, Baby Mama.
Critics say that the song promotes teen sex and–gasp!–portrays being a single mom as a good thing. The horror!
Check out one verse:
It’s about time we had our own song
Don’t know what took so long
Cause nowadays it’s like a badge of honor
To be a baby mama
I see ya payin’ ya bills
I see ya workin’ ya job
I see ya goin’ to school
And girl I know it’s hard
And even though ya fed up
With makin’ beds up
Girl, keep ya head up

Yeah, what a terrible message to send single moms! I guess young women should be shamed no matter what choice they make about children.
NPR also has links to related articles and audio to the song.

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One Comment

  1. jenrising
    Posted May 26, 2005 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Oh, the shame! People should boycott her album and buy that song about having hoes in different area codes. Much better message.
    This reminds me of a controversy when I was in high school. One of the editions of our newspaper was supposed to feature a cover-story about one of the seniors who’d left school for a year to have a baby. She came back and ended up being first in her class. The school decided she couldn’t be valedictorian because it would send a “bad message to the other students.” Yes, what a horrible message to send, that being intelligent and working hard can lead to good things. This was at a supposedly liberal private school.
    I hope we’ve all learned the lesson that if you’re a single woman and have had sex, no matter what you do, you’re a useless slut and should be ashamed.

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