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Sexy and I Know It
LMFAO’s New Song Reveals What’s in Their Pants
An article from Jonathan McKee and David R. Smith at TheSource4YM.com
10/6/2011

You may not know their name, but trust me, you’ve heard their music. Now the increasingly popular group LMFAO's new song and video features them doing "the wiggle." Any guess as to what these guys and their porn star guests are actually wiggling?

You're gonna be shocked. We've come a long way from Elvis' pelvis. (Actually... just around the corner)

As much as I (Jonathan) try to keep current with the music charts, it was my 14-year-old daughter Ashley who introduced me to this new song and video, Sexy and I Know It. Last weekend Ashley took her first trip away from home with someone other than her church group. This was quite a leap for us, but Ashley has earned our trust to take such a trip with her cross-country team. On Sunday night when Ashley arrived home, she and I sat down to talk about the trip and she shared a little about the music and media that the kids were absorbing throughout the weekend. As good as these kids are (most of these kids are honors students from really good homes), much of their media diet is less than healthy.

The first song Ashley told me about was this new song by LMFAO. “Dad, have you heard Sexy and I Know It?”

I told her that I hadn’t (She was pretty excited that she heard a song before me and could educate me about it).

She gave me the skinny. “It’s two guys talking about how sexy they are. I probably heard it about 20 times this weekend. The lyrics aren’t good at all, and the video is worse.” From the mouths of babes.

“The video?”

She knew what I was asking. I was curious how she saw the video.

“I walked into one of the hotel rooms,” Ashley shared, “and about 6 girls were gathered around a laptop watching the video. The guy is singing about how sexy his is, the camera focuses on his crotch, and..." her eyes got really big "...then he starts waggling his junk around! Seriously! I just left the room."

Easy Access
How is it that a bunch of freshman girls have easy access to guys literaly wiggling their junk around in speedos. Are kids sneaking past "Explicit" warnings on iTunes and YouTube?

Here's where many of you might be surprised.

This video is deemed "clean." No curse words, no nudity... it's "clean." Welcome to iTunes.

Check it out yourself. Go to iTunes right now. As we write this article, LMFAO owns the top two spots on their video charts. Click on their video Sexy and I Know It. You'll notice no explicit content warnings. As a matter of fact, you don't even have to pay the $1.99. Kids can just click the preview button and see these guys and porn star Ron Jeremy wiggling their junk (singing "I've got passion in my pants and I ain't afraid to show it...")

The simple fact is this: our kids are going to be exposed to this kind of media unless we lock them in our basements. The question is, are parents equipping their kids how to respond when they encounter this kind of content?

One way adults can help young people navigate this media saturated world is by engaging in regular conversations about the media they are exposed to. This requires a little bit of research… and you’re getting an A+ if you’re reading this article, because we just did the research for you.

Ummm…Who?
Who is LMFAO? The duo is comprised of two guys who go by the names Redfoo (Stefan Kendel Gordy) and SkyBlu (Skyler Husten Gordy). They are actually uncle and nephew to one another, and both are related to Motown label founder Berry Gordy.

LMFAO (which stands for “Laughing My Fu**ing A** Off”) became a household name this summer with the release of their most popular single to date: Party Rock Anthem. The electric/pop/dance tune rocketed to #1 on the charts, and as of this writing, is still holding strong at #4, several months later. The video is still at #1 on iTunes today.

You may not recognize Party Rock Anthem by its title, but I know you’ll recognize it from those toe-tapping Kia Soul car commercials with the big dancing hamsters. It still gets plenty of play time in gyms, malls, retail stores, and even schools across the country. Bottom line: that song has understated lyrics (that aren’t all that clean) and a sick beat.

But now, the group has released another song…and is headed in a new direction.

Going Sexy
The group’s follow up song, Sexy and I Know It, has landed on the Billboard’s Top 10. It’s been on the charts for about a month, but made a 15-position leap this week thanks in large part to digital downloads. (As of this writing, the song is ranked #2 on iTunes’ Top Charts.)

Any time a musical group has two songs in Billboard’s Top 10 at the same time kids are paying attention to them. But what are young people hearing when they crank up this hit in their iPods?

Here’s just one sample of the song’s lyrics:

Girl look at that body
I work out
Girl look at that body
I work out

When I walk in the spot, this is what I see
Everybody stops and they staring at me
I got passion in my pants and I ain't afraid to show it
I'm sexy and I know it

I'm sexy and I know it...
Check it out
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle yeah
Do the wiggle man
Yeah I'm sexy and I know it

OK, it’s fairly obvious that Redfoo and SkyBlu aren’t shackled with any self-esteem issues. And in case you think I’ve pulled a “non-representative” sample of lyrics from the song, take a look at the rest of them for yourself (paying close attention to verse one).

Are the lyrics alone explicit? Maybe not. But... try watching the music video.

SHOW and Tell
Just in case their lyrics leave any room for interpretation concerning this song’s message, they produced a music video to remove all doubt.

Venice Beach provides the perfect setting for this bikini-clad, speedo-focused, penis-wagging video. (Yeah, we said “penis wagging.” What did you think he meant by “do the wiggle man”?) The video features most of its actors wearing nothing more than a speedo, wiggling and bouncing their genitalia in front of the camera.

Ashley wasn’t exaggerating at all.

Following the example of Katy Perry’s celebrity-filled music video Last Friday Night, LMFAO uses several celebrity cameos in their three-and-a-half minutes of groove. Alistair Overeem (a heavyweight fighter with UFC) makes an appearance as a hulking beach bod. Simon Rex (an adult film star who also played in Scary Movie 3 and 4) shows up in a few scenes as does Wilmer Valderrama (That ‘70s Show and the voice of Handy Manny).

But no penis-wagging, crotch-focused music video would be complete without a guest appearance by Ron Jeremy, the iconic face of today’s pornography. In the video, he’s surrounded by a few of his…ummm…colleagues, and like the other guys on camera, he also dances on the bar in his speedo.

With all the genital shaking involved, we can best describe the video as “the worst day imaginable for a urologist working on the wrong side of the tracks.”

In Charge…And I Know It
Youth workers and parents now have another decision to make thanks to this song, its message, and its blatant sexual content. LMFAO says they’re sexy and they know it, so let me remind you that you’re in charge…so know it, too. The responsibility lies with us. So what will we do about this song (and others like it)?

  1. Understand the power of music. Like it or not, LMFAO’s music is catchy. There’s a reason why their music has been downloaded by millions and viewed online by millions more. There’s a reason why Kia has dumped big money into their product line using this group’s music. Kids love music and listen to 2 hours and 19 minutes of it every day. That can translate into a LOT of “wiggle”! Music is the constant backdrop to teenagers’ lives. They’ll listen to music while talking in the car, surfing the internet, or hanging out with their friends. But, because some artists fill their music with these kinds of messages, it means we as youth leaders and parents have to monitor it. So, we also need to….

  2. Check what goes into the iPod. I (David) have a 5-year old son, Josiah. If he played with a kid from my neighborhood for 2 hours and 19 minutes of every single day of his life, you better bet I’d know who that kid was, what he was like, and how he lived. Many parents usually do some sort of screening on friends, but too many parents never take a look at the influences circulating through the “most played list” on their kids’ mp3 players. That has to change, drastically and quickly. Just research the songs by doing a simple online search for lyrics and music video. That way you can tell if it meets your standards.

LMFAO might be wagging their crotches, but it will probably do little good to wag our fingers. We can curse the darkness, or shed some light. By doing the latter, we help teenagers make godly decisions that will provide a great foundation for the rest of their lives.


Jonathan McKee Jonathan McKee, president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over a dozen books including the new Get Your Teenager Talking, The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket, The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenager, and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers, Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation, and the 10-Minute Talks series. Jonathan speaks and trains at conferences, churches and events across North America, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan and his wife Lori, and their three teenagers Alec, Alyssa and Ashley live in California.



David R. Smith David R. Smith is a 15-year youth ministry veteran who helps youth workers and parents through his writing, training, and speaking. David specializes in sharing the gospel, and equipping others do the same. He co-authored his first book this year, Ministry By Teenagers. David provides free resources to anyone who works with teenagers on his website, DavidRSmith.org. David resides with his wife and son in Tampa, Florida.



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Comments on this post

   Steve         11/7/2012 6:48:39 PM

Jesus said, "Judge not, lest you be judged" How is it that Christians say they follow the words of Jesus and then hasten to remember all of them. Even Ghandi once said, "Your Christ I understand and respect. But that is not my belief toward Christians."

   Conor         4/28/2012 5:52:57 AM

Being a fourteen-year-old male myself (and living in the UK which has a similar pop culture to that of the US), I, too, am often exposed to the content sampled in LMFAO's 'Sexy and I Know It' music video - much of the time involuntarily. I agree with you in that communication between the parent/carer and child is of utmost importance and that keeping an eye on who your child(ren)'s friends are, how they live and what they are like is crucial in protecting your young'ns, but I don't think you can really protect them from mainstream music like this. Pop culture is just that - popular - and, sure, you can screen their 'iPods' and check their computer history, but unless you are prepared to, as you have rightly stated, 'lock them in the basement', you can't shield them from hits like 'Sexy and I Know It'. The very best you can do - and if I could 'underline' this, I would - is educate your kids well enough so that they know what to avoid and, when you set them free into the big bad world, you simply must hope for the best. You seem to be doing this considering Ashley's reaction so - from a teenager - nice job! Great article nevertheless, and referring me to the music video did eliminate some of the doubt I had surrounding the lyrics, but I must say that it does seem to be something of a joke. If I had to criticize you, it would be, as a previous poster said, when you stated, 'As good as these kids are (most of these kids are honors students from really good homes)...'. I genuinely cannot see how an honour student must automatically have a perfect sense of judgement. I am one myself and, yes, I make mistakes. Try to avoid being so presumptuous in future.

   Carrie         3/12/2012 3:02:37 PM

Such silliness. Give your kids some credit for goodness sake!! This video is a joke and the least sexually appetizing video on the market.

   Marco          12/13/2011 12:51:01 PM

Great article guys. I'm a little late in reading but great none the less. Music and music selection in particular is a very under addressed topic.

   C         11/13/2011 8:05:03 PM

You need to stop freaking out. The band made the video as a total joke. Besides, if your kids go to public schools I'm sure they've heard/seen much worse. Also, as a hardcore honors student, I don't think you should act like your kid being an honors student has anything to do with her judgement.

   Pastor Evelyn         10/15/2011 5:13:30 AM

Thank you for this atrical wow it was an I opener..bless you

   Ray         10/12/2011 1:02:41 PM

Thank you for all of the information. I teach grades 6-10th at a Christian school and plan on sharing this article with my administrator and parents as well. May God Bless you as you expose the darkness and shine forth the light of Christ.

   Jonathan McKee         10/11/2011 3:05:22 PM

You're not alone. That's why I shared the story of my own 14-year-old in this article. I want other parents to know that this definitely reaches our kids... unless they live in a town with no electricity.

   Casey         10/11/2011 2:42:24 PM

Thanks for the article. I'm struggling with these things with my almost 14 year old daughter, and this is helpful for that as well as my work with teens.

   Scott         10/11/2011 9:06:52 AM

Great article guys! I now have a freshman in my house-female that is. And she just got back this past weekend from her "Homecoming" event at her CHRISTIAN school that she attends. Don't think that our "christian-school-going" kids are ALL what we expect them to be! Along with Jonathan, I'm blown away on what my daughter is exposed to....and it's happening on her campus-UGH! Thanks S4YM!

   Jonathan McKee         10/11/2011 8:56:20 AM

Thanks Kathy... I'm glad that our resources help. Also glad that God spoke to your kids that weekend. His word is powerful. I'm always happy to point kids to it!

   Kathy Nicholson         10/11/2011 8:16:58 AM

Thanks for keeping us informed. I read every email I get from you. I have been in youth ministry for the past 10 years, younger age prior to that. I am constantly amazed at what goes over my ahead. It is my 14 year old daughter too who often informs me of things that have totally different meaning or blatant meaning that if you weren't told you would miss. I really do try to stay on top of things. You spoke at Summit Lake for Hershey Free church years ago and made a huge impact.( I was in a neck brace from a fussion from surgery that weekend so I didn't really do much talking, my girls were seniors and I didn't want to bail on them their last retreat. They loved your talks that weekend and we stayed up late unto the night talking about things you said.I have been reading and trying to stay informed and yet am never not shocked. Praise God for your ministry and your willingness to fight foe out youth by keeping leaders anad parents informed.

   Ron         10/7/2011 10:44:17 AM

Crazy. We have come a long way from Elvis' pelvis! A long way downhill. Thanks for doing the research for us. Kids ARE talking about this video. I'm amazed how many of them have already seen it.














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