Good/Bad Flash Mob, Parents of P.S. 10

P.S. 10 Flash Mob

What happens when you take the too-cool parents from one of New York City’s most desirable neighborhoods, an internet trend that peaked last year(ish), and a song about banging chicks?

The parents of P.S. 10 – an elementary school in Park Slope, New York - organized an end-of-the-school-year flash mob with semi-viral results earlier this month. And naturally, you can’t swing a dead cat these days without hitting the Black Eyed Peas and LMFAO, so be ready for that. And be ready for the official 8BitDad Stick in the Mud®.

LMFAOsophagus

That’s what he wants to run through, ladies.

And while we’re on that topic – are we seriously the only ones in this country that don’t approve of LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” being pushed so hard to kids? Can we just think about this for one second? Sure, I get it, the song’s everywhere, so what’s the problem with it being everywhere-plus-one? But we’re talking about the parents of P.S. 10 explicitly approving (through this flash mob) of a song that says “I’m running through these hoes like Drano.” In case you need someone to read into that for you, Drano is a plumbing liquid that you put down pipes. And if a guy is saying that he, specifically, is “running through [the pipes of] these hoes”, the guy means semen.

There’s of course, an alternate reading that claims that it’s just his music that will be “running through” those hoes – I mean women. We don’t buy that.

Oh, and BTW, he also just called every woman in the club a hoe. Yep, even your daughter! So this man wants his semen running through your daughter…and you just let your daughter know that it’s totally cool if she’s into that. Good on you! We’re not suggesting you suspend a kid from school for singing the lyrics, because clearly parents love the hell out of this song. And think about it – how many of these kids won’t go home and ask to download LMFAO’s album on iTunes now that mom and dad have danced to it? And when mom and dad say “no, that’s not appropriate for kids,” the child will be confused as to why it’s okay for mom and dad to dance to the song at their graduation, but it’s not okay for the kid to dance to the song at home. Oh wait, it IS okay. Whew.

We won’t really go after the Black Eyed Peas because they just say “sh*t” 8 or so times in the song, and clearly, if it’s not a problem using a thinly-veiled edited version of the song in front of elementary kids, that’s their prerogative.

Anyway, enough belly-aching from us. There’s an element of cuteness to it, if you’re not a stick in the mud like us. Here’s the video:

Our official 8BitDad opinion: meh. If you’re looking for inspiring P.S. cuteness, check out P.S. 22′s kid’s chorus because it’s far more adorbs than a bunch of parents dancing to a song about semen in front of their kids.



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is married and has one son. You can also find his writing on HLN, The Good Men Project and The Huffington Post. He is an avid gamer, rides unicorns, and loves rainbows.
  • TheRealMattDaddy

    Chris Rock has a funny line when he talks about women dancing in the club to the most vile and disgusting lyrics imaginable – “He ain’t talkin’ ’bout me!”

  • http://stay-at-homedadblunders.tumblr.com/ dadblunders

    I love books, music and art. Creativity is what makes the human species
    “unique” (okay and being able to apply for credit.) I would never under
    any circumstance suggest censorship. I believe once we begin to overly
    censor things we could be apt to repeat history. It was during WWII that
    the censorship in Germany led to atrocities. Personally, I do not want
    my son to know that reality.

    In my opinion, it is up to the parents to decide what they allow their
    children to read, view and hear. I own MP3′s of the Black-Eyes Peas
    (uncensored versions) but it does not mean I would let my son listen to
    the songs. It does not even mean I like all of the songs but I save them
    for my I-Pod and personal time only.

    As parents, we often ask our children to respect authority, be polite,
    courtesy and mindful towards others. If we are asking them to do
    something that we contradict through our own actions, what are we
    teaching them? I think that openly dancing to a song that shows women in
    a derogatory manner we are sending them a mixed message. We try to
    teach them to respect others but how is this possible when we were are
    showing them its alright to listen to this song and celebrate it.

    I don’t mind the song. I don’t mind the creativity. I don’t even mind
    that he’s able to make a whole lot of money from it. I can tell you
    though that it bothers me that we aren’t being consistent with our
    children. They are our future and we need to treat them as such. If we
    want them to inherit a better world it begins at home.

    • http://www.8bitdad.com Zach Rosenberg

      Definitely. I gotta say – I like the Black Eyed Peas albums for party music, and yes, I did bump the LMFAO albums in my car. But I’ve got a pretty clear line between MY music and my kid’s music. When we’re in the car, I don’t listen to the Top 40 and urban music stuff because basically all that stuff is sex, drinking and violence. I’ll listen to classic rock music a lot – because what little kid doesn’t like Peter Framptom’s “Do You Feel”?! So – usually it’s classic rock, electronic/dance music or the Kid’s music station on Pandora. I don’t even like the tween stuff or “Kidz Bop” for him.

      My wife though, will listen to the Top 40 stuff – and though it’s not the worst offense that my kid knows words to Britney Spears and LMFAO songs, I’d prefer not to step him up to adult music.

      I definitely don’t think we should be censoring culture – I love a good, filthy, violent rap song. But I don’t do it for my kids. I think that these parents in P.S. 10 should have found SOME other song that’s popular and catchy but not ill-themed – there are tons! Or, the better rule: if you have to find the radio edit/censored version for your flash mob, maybe it’s the wrong song.

  • http://Www.gizzardstone.com/ Mike Henderson

    The upshot is that those kids will easily be able to recall the most embarrassing moment of childhood.

    -Mike

  • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

    THESE moms should do some charity work ’cause they got WAY TOO MUCH time on their hands!

    • http://www.8bitdad.com Zach Rosenberg

      Oh, there’s dads too! I like the dad in the blue shirt patrolling the perimeter tossing beach balls…

      I like the idea of commemorating graduation with a fun dance party…but I think their choice of music was poor.