Cee-Lo's Grammy nomination for his song “F—- You”(video NSFW) has caused a ruckus in the blogosphere. MTV has called it the greatest Grammy nomination ever, but not everyone agrees. In a rather passionate op-ed for the National Review, conservative talk-radio host Dennis Prager writes that Cee-Lo's song "has little, if any, redeeming moral, social or artistic value." As you read on, it becomes clear that Prager's quarrel is with the looseness of today's social mores, and Cee-Lo's hit is a mere symptom of a larger moral quagmire.
In all fairness, Cee-Lo does take it over the top in his shocking video, in which a young boy croons inside a diner and blurts the f-word frequently. Did this get a chuckle out of me? Absolutely. Is it Grammy-worthy? I doubt it. The popularity of this song rides more on its ability to shock than delight. This isn't the first time an artist has done something outrageous to get attention. But when a white artist does something like this, conservative pundits don't pine about the loss of decency and all things beautiful. If you're sitting next to Cee-Lo at the Grammys, please pass along this message: Step your game the bleep up!
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