Hip Hop – wrong way for ice dancing | Skating Esquire
ISU once again surprised the skating community. At its meeting of the ice dance technical committee, which was held at the 2012 World Junior Championships this Wednesday, committee chairperson Halina Gordon – Poltorak announced that next season junior ice dancers may elect to include hip hop in their short dances. Is it a right decision or not? We decided to discover and find out the opinions about this kind of music of people who are familiar with this topic.
“Hip-Hop: A Bad Influence On Our Children?
I know this is something that a lot of people (including myself) have strong opinions on. What do you think?
So the other day I was watching some videos on youtube, and I happened across a discussion mediated by Bill O’Reilly. An elementary school principal from Philadelphia was debating with the hip-hop artist Cam’ron the negative effects that Cam’ron’s music had on the kids in the principal’s school.
The principal said that artists like Cam’ron were such huge influences on the kids’ lives that when the artists included subjects such as “pimpin’ and b****es” in their music, and glamourized violence and street life, that the children were quick to follow. He concluded his remarks by asking Cam’ron to use his influence to show kids how to be BETTER people, not violent “gangsta’s”.
Cam’ron and his manager, on the other hand, were quick to point out that Cam’ron WAS setting a good example, because he was a self-made businessman who contributes to numerous charities. They also stated that children’s parents should be the biggest influence on the children’s lives, not the music industry, and that they only reported events on the street as they were.
I personally think that the principal is right, in that hip-hop artists are a HUGE influence in our society today, and they are sending out, for the most part, negative messages. As for the rapper’s excuse that he IS a positive influence, I think that his music and videos and public appearance speak much louder than his charity contributions on the side.”
“Teenagers who listen to hardcore rap may be more likely to use drugs, commit crimes and join street gangs than teens who listen to softer music.
Whether music negatively affects behavior has been debated from Elvis to Eminem. Now, a Canadian study has found that, when it comes to rap music and French Canadian teens at least, certain sub-genres of hip-hop are associated with different troubling behaviors.
In a study of 350 male and female teens, researchers Dave Miranda and Michel Claes of the University of Montreal found that kids who listened to French language rap were more likely to use drugs, commit crimes and be in street gangs than those who listened to English language hip-hop/soul, a more hedonistic style of music that celebrates luxury and sexual feats. The study controlled for the teens’ exposure to violent media and influence of peer groups.”
“Gangsta rap is a hip-hop genre that focuses primarily on the negative aspects of inner city life. The lyrics often glorify criminal activity and degrade women. This genre of hip-hop has been a source of tremendous controversy and is often cited as the cause of the increase in violence.
Many gangsta hip-hop artists justify their music by claiming they are only retelling the experiences of their lives on the streets. However, close analysis of the song lyrics often reveals a plethora of curse words and no substance. According to commentators such as those found on Urban Dictionary.com, many artists have been forced to create artificial ‘gangsta’ images for the sake of a lucrative career. Many young people idolize these artists and imitate their behavior.
Many people believe that all hip-hop has the gangsta appeal that has such a destructive effect on youth. This is simply not true. There are hip-hop artist that perpetuate positive messages, artists like Mos Def and Common are hip-hop artists of substance with uplifting messages.
Hindering the effects of negative hip-hop music on todays children requires drastic measures. Parents should take a firm stand against the production of this music by refusing to purchase it. A decrease in record sales may trigger an increase in responsibility on the part of the artists. This may mean also blocking the access of music download sites and music video channels to children. Parents may also have to closely monitor the purchases their children make with their allowances.”