A school concert and Nicki Minaj


Last year I was part of an audience at an end-of-year school concert for preschoolers. It was an endearing and memorable event for any parent watching their adorable little ones singing and performing things that they'd been practising for weeks. 

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The teachers and parents had gone to great lengths to put together some of the cutest costumes and set designs I'd ever seen. For someone with no intention to have kids any time soon, even I was tearing up as they sang along to Christmas carols and danced to songs I remember enjoying as a child. 

The sweet and innocent little preschoolers on stage had me temporarily reconsidering the fact that I may never want kids of my own. Until in a completely random and confusing turn of events the scene on stage had transformed from stars, angels and brightly coloured costumes into what looked like the Amazon Jungle. 

Oh cool, The Jungle Book! I thought.

Twerking preschoolers

Well not quite. Following the set-transformation came the sounds of Nicki Minaj's Anaconda and a group of three-year-olds who appeared to be bouncing all over the stage like kittens with itchy butts. 

Before you assume that I'm a prude, please allow me to explain: Although Nicki Minaj has in no way contributed to the recovery of my acute road-rage whenever I tune into 5FM, at that time the Anaconda song had only just come out and the tune (not the words or the choreography or the artist herself) had kinda grown on me. (There, I said it).

Back to the kids...

So while watching a group of three-year-old Nicki Minaj wannabe's twerking on stage I assumed that the Anaconda scene would stop after the intro or before the repetition of certain words and references to drugs, sex and other other types of snakes you might find in a bedroom.

It's all fun and games until kids start singing about playing with rifles

Yes I'm aware that the reference to keeping a gun in a purse was a metaphor for 'dressing to kill' and I understand that it was coming from a bunch of three-year-olds who probably didn't know any better, but I still can't help but feel slightly disturbed every time I think back to the event. 

To my relief, I wasn't the only one who felt a bit weirded out by it all and other parents had gone to the teachers to express similar sentiments towards the school's twerking-tots. 

Kids are growing up at an accelerating rate these days, thanks to many contributing factors like the advancement of technology, social media and Hollywood influences to name but a few. With this in mind, wouldn't it be nice to slow down the process and delay the Nicki Minaj conformation, even if it meant having to listen to the same songs every year at school concerts?

Disclaimer: The views of columnists published on Parent24 are their own and therefore do not necessarily represent the views of Parent24.

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