In the wake of the horrible shooting in Connecticut- Pumped up Kicks is being pulled from playlists all over the country.
I am good with that. You can call it censorship or you can call it a thoughtful response to a horrible tragedy. I don’t care what you call it-I am good with that.
It is a great song that propelled Foster the People onto the music map. Yes, it has references to the Columbine High School massacre. Yes, that shooting happened in 1999 and releasing a song about it I thought was a good thing…I thought it meant that this school shooting trend was a turn of the century dark ruthless void in the American landscape that we had got past. It was time for it to become pop culture fodder. I was wrong…About as wrong as any music loving American can be. Completely and tragically wrong. It is a great song…I have called it my favorite 2011 release with that ice cool California attitude bringing an alternative dance beat to something that is beyond comprehension. Great song -but I can’t listen anymore.
After the Newtown shooting, it is time for us to make any changes that need to be made to stop this from ever happening again. I have been against music censorship my whole existence but have no problem amending that to stop another terrible Friday. I don’t think anything is off the table as we combat a defect in our culture that has to be repaired right now. Nothing is more precious than young innocent lives and I am good with that.