Friday, August 25, 2006

The Naked Truth

Hip Hop gets a bad rap (no pun intended) for encouraging violence and treating women like crap, and for subsequently passing these traits off to our children as being "cool." Or "slammin'." Or whatever is synonymous with "hip" with today's whippersnappers.

But it has become evident that another, less talked-about issue is heavily influencing our children's lives, and that we must make it a priority.

That issue is Nude Protesting.

Our children are learning that, when parents don't allow for an extended curfew, the best way to bring attention to their plight is to take their clothes off in protest. This is especially effective if the parents' friends are present.

And why shouldn't they learn this? Any time an acre of land is slated to be paved, or a chemical plant is being built by a neighborhood, or animals are being slaughtered for food, somebody is either chaining themselves to a tree, going door to door with a petition, or taking off their clothes and forming a naked human chain of people whom you wish had worked out just a little bit more before taking it all off.

The latest example of children getting nekkid is in Vermont. But this may, however, be due to Vermont's proximity to Connecticut, and not due to any protests. We all know what Connecticut's good for, and if you don't, check out the website for the band "Jesus H. Christ and the Four Hornsmen." You might find Connecticut's apparent use under the MP3 section.

So I guess that we as a society must ask ourselves a very serious question: Do we want our children singing bad music to a stripped down beat, shooting each other and screwing strangers for smack, or do we want them running around naked? It's a tough call.

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