Every morning, students and faculty are awaked to the sounds and sights of the morning announcement videos. The Pledge is read over the P.A., and shortly after, the media students’ video is projected in every classroom for our enjoyment.
It is important to understand the logistics of this media club before continuing…
This is a primarily student-run organization, so they have quite a bit of creative freedom in terms of background music, location of shots, length of announcements, quality of reporting…is there anything left? So basically the moderator takes a quick peek at the video before exclaiming, “Excellent work” and sending off the video link to every classroom. Background music begins as the date and school motto are displayed, and then the staff begin their announcements.
This morning, I had the pleasure of pushing “play” and listening to the beats of a fairly popular song out on the radio now. The song is called “Up” - short for “Beat the P**sy Up”. Classy, right? Even the song title has to be shortened on the radio and Internet because it is so vulgar, but it makes perfect sense to play the instrumental version on the morning announcements at a high school (did I mention we are a religious institution?).
Just for your information, in case you haven’t heard this song, here are the opening lines:
“I beat the p**sy up… (5x)
Yeah I eat it, but I much rather beat it.
D**k your girl down cus I know she really need it.”
Thanks, LoveRance, for the lyrics - the world would be so empty without this timeless piece.
But I digress…
So as the beats begin, I turn and face a sea of shocked expressions. Silence fills the room as the announcements begin, and I can actually feel the tension.
I say, “Well then, this is a…hm…huh…an interesting song choice.” They laugh, fully understanding at that moment the inappropriateness of the song.
One student says, “At least it’s the instrumental version.”
The boy next to him responds, “Dude, we’re all singing the lyrics in our heads right now. This is just wrong.”
And for the rest of the day, I will have this song in my head.
Thanks, media team. Hopefully tomorrow’s announcements will feature a song from the Disney channel to make up for the torment in my head.