I’ll start by assuming you know who Sophia Grace and Rosie are (and if you don’t, watch the two tutu-clad, pint-sized “Super Bass” rappers in the above video). At first, I thought they were adorable. Those rosy cheeks, ballerina tutus, and regal tiaras were too cute to handle. Rosie’s dancing was simply precious and Sophia Grace’s high-pitched rapping was the most endearing sound on the web.
But now I’m completely sick of them. For some reason, Ellen Degeneres (whose show I love, don’t get me wrong) is obsessed with the two British girls. They’ve been on her show again and again since their October debut, doing everything from hosting tea with Taylor Swift and Hugh Grant to singing with Nicki Minaj. They’ve hit the red carpet at not just the American Music Awards, but also the Grammys. Sophia Grace and Rosie also debuted an original song on the Ellen Show in February.
While their tutus are still cute, something about their unprecedented rise to fame bothers me. Sophia Grace is eight and Rosie is only five, yet their entire career is founded upon a cover of Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass.” No kid their age should be listening to Minaj. Period. There’s no debate about it. Her lyrics are vulgar and demeaning, and elementary-aged children aren’t mature enough to discern pop culture from reality. In addition to Super Bass, they’ve also sung Minaj’s “Moment 4 life” and “Starships,” and recently the two girls branched out with dirty pop song, “Domino” by Jessie J (if that song isn’t explicit about it’s sexual message, I don’t know what song is).
What does it say about our culture that little girls rapping explicit lyrics is considered to be endearing? And where are these girls’ parents? Sophia Grace and Rosie are talented, but they need to be performing age-appropriate material. If that ever starts to happen, then maybe I can be a fan again.