As time moves on it seems like children are growing up faster and faster with every generation. Kids are becoming more familiar with “adult” things at younger ages then ever. They are exposed to music, television shows, and movies that are geared towards adults at much younger ages. Take Sophia Grace and Rosie for example, the two young girls that performed Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Sophia Grace, 8 years old, and her cousin Roise, 5 years old, have been the talk of the Internet since their discovery on YouTube.
Posted just over a month ago on September 19th, the YouTube video of the young girls singing “Super Bass” already has 18,816,221 views. Clearly, their ability to perform has caught the eye of many, including famous talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres. When Ellen discovered the video, she invited the girls to perform on her show and talk about the video. While on the show, the girls expressed their admiration of Nicki Minaj and claimed that she was their favorite singer. As they stated, “We love Nickie Minaj, we want to meet her sooooo much”. Soon after Sophia Grace and Rosie sang “Super Bass” for everyone watching the show, Nicki Minaj surprised the girls and came on stage. I have never seen two little girls as excited as they were. It was like they were meeting Santa Clause or the Tooth Fairy.
At first I laughed at how adorable the girls were and how excited they were to meet Nicki Minaj, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized how young the two girls were. Nicki Minaj’s song “Super Bass” is pretty popular and I am sure most people that have heard it would agree with me that it is no song for an 8 year old and a 5 year old to be singing at home, let alone on national television. Many of Nicki Minaj’s songs are about partying and boys, not exactly something that my parents would have let me listen to at their age. However, I must give Nicki Minaj some credit, when she came out on the Ellen DeGeneres show, she made it a point to encourage the girls that they should stay focused on school. She told Sophia Grace that she had a wonderful voice and that someday she will be extremely famous for it (if she isn’t already), but to remember that school is the most important thing and made them promise that they would not drop out of school to try and pursue a singing career. After that, she promised the girls an all expenses paid for shopping spree to Toys R Us so they could buy backpacks and school supplies.
I must admit that I am extremely entertained by the two girls, they are incredibly adorable, but I am just not sure that everything they are doing is appropriate. I give Sophia Grace all the credit in the world for having such a talent, but I have lost a little respect for the girls’ parents for allowing them to use it on a song like “Super Bass”.
So what does everyone think? Are these two girls too young to be singing Nicki Minaj songs? Should their parents be a little more concerned with the type of music the girls are listening to at such a young age? Or is this all just harmless fun? Would your parents have allowed you to listen to such music at that age? Hypothetically speaking, would you let your children do something similar?
*I really encourage everyone to watch the videos that I linked to the post!