Ke$ha's recent single "Die Young" is suffering an early death from radio airwaves, since right now no one wants to hear someone gleefully singing about dying young, even when it comes in the form of a hyperbolic simile ("Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young!"). The song has lost millions in audience impressions since the tragedy, a lite version of the 2001 Clear Channel memorandum that banned 165 songs (including John Lennon's "Imagine," Elton John's "Daniel," and Alanis Morissette's "Ironic") from the radio in a fit of post-9/11 sensitivity.
Not content to live and let "Die Young" die, Ke$ha tweeted yesterday, "i understand. I had my very own issue with 'die young' for this reason. I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO." Nobody was blaming her for her inability to see into the future that her song might hit a nerve in the wake of one of the most howlingly unbearable tragedies of our time (just like no one was mad at Billy Joel, Queen, Blondie or Beyoncé), but Ke$ha felt something like guilt or career anxiety under all that glitter, and in the process of expressing it, admitted that she's nowhere near the independent-thinker her brand is based on her being. It's always uncomfortable when the puppet refers to the hand up her ass. Either that, or she's just lying in a needless attempt to exonerate herself. Either way, she's making me regret saying that she isn't stupid.
Ke$ha deleted the tweet, and now this one is in its place:
I'm so so so sorry for anyone who has been effected by this tragedy.and I understand why my song is now inappropriate. words cannot express.— ke$ha(@keshasuxx) December 19, 2012
Well, hers can't, anyway.
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