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From Paramore’s slut-shaming to Katy Perry’s infrequent homophobia: 5 seriously cryptic songs

The lyrics to these cryptic cocktail songs will make your skin crawl
There’s some seriously cryptic songs in pop’s new past (Picture: Rex/Myles Goode)

There are copiousness of films and TV shows in the past that operation from cringeworthy to officious offensive.

Breakfast At Tiffany’s is a classic, but Mickey Rooney’s yellowface description of Mr Yunioshi, finish with prosthetics, is intolerable to watch.

Even Matt Lucas admits the description of transgender people in Little Britain was a mistake.

But music is equally problematic. While songs like Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines have been justly called out for creepy lyrics, there’s copiousness of tunes you’ve substantially ignored from music’s biggest stars that will make your skin crawl.

Misery Business by Paramore

Offending lyrics: ‘Once a prostitute you’re zero more, I’m sorry, that’ll never change’

There’s no denying it – 2007’s Misery Business was an comprehensive banger, utterly to those of us who rocked MySpace fringes and had a mouth piercing.

But while lead thespian of Paramore Hayley Williams is a sum badass, one verse in the lane has come back to punch her.

The ‘whore’ line has been understandably cursed as anti-feminist, so much so that Hayley spoke out about it this year.

She said: ‘What we couldn’t have famous at the time was that we was feeding into a distortion that I’d bought into, just like so many other teenagers, and many adults, before me. The whole, “I’m not like the other girls” thing… this “cool girl” religion. What even is that?

‘I was a 17-year-old child when we wrote the lyrics in doubt and if we can somehow reflect what it means to grow up, get information and turn any shade of woke, then that’s A-OK with me.’

Hayley deliberately skipped the offending line at a gig at Royal Albert Hall this year.

Better Than Revenge by Taylor Swift

Offending lyrics: ‘She’s an actress, whoa/ She’s better famous for the things she does on the mattress’

Another balance from the school of slut-shaming.

Taylor allegedly wrote this 2010 lane about Camilla Belle, who start dating Joe Jonas after he dumped TayTay over the phone.

And in the grand tradition of ‘other woman’ shaming, the lyrics hit out at the girl who her ex changed onto rather than the man.

Taylor has distanced herself from the lyric, saying: ‘I was 18 when we wrote that. That’s the age you are when you consider someone can actually take your boyfriend. Then you grow up and realize no one can take someone from you if they don’t wish to leave.’

Just The Way You Are (Drunk At The Bar) by Brian McFadden

Offending lyrics: ‘I like you just the way you are/ Drunk as shit dancing at the bar/I like it and we can’t wait to get you home/ So we can do some damage’

‘I can’t wait to get you home so we can take advantage’

We wouldn’t have approaching a solo strain from a former Westlife thespian to means controversy, but here we are.

Brian’s 2011 singular Just The Way You Are (Drunk At The Bar) – which was flattering bad anyway – was accused of glorifying date rape with its hella creepy lyrics.

He primarily shielded himself, observant he wrote the strain about then-fiancee Delta Goodrem and how lovable she was when she was drinking, and claimed he was ‘no John Lennon’.

However, the debate grew and the video fire for the singular was cancelled.

Brian after asked for the strain not to be given radio play and donated all deduction from the strain to rape and passionate attack victims.

All The Way by Busted

Offending lyrics: ‘You pronounced that you would/ But then you changed your mind/ How could you do this to me, it’s just so unkind/ It’s vicious if you contend that you’ll go all the way’

‘We start to get it on/ But then you stop me/ You know I’ve had it up to here/ You need to be some-more clear’

Busted have had a few dodgy songs over the years that don’t lay utterly right – What we Go To School For is about a grown teacher quitting her pursuit to start an event with a student.

But All The Way, from Busted’s self-titled entrance manuscript in 2002, is utterly grim.

The lyrics to All The Way hear the lads, then teenage boys, call a girl ‘cruel’ for changing her mind about having sex.

Apparently nobody accepted that girls are allowed to repel agree for sex or not give it in the first place in 2002.

Ur So Gay by Katy Perry

Offending lyrics: ‘I wish you hang yourself with your HM scarf’

‘You’re so happy and you don’t even like boys’

This 2007 lane is so ludicrously descent that we’re not really certain where to start.

Is it the infrequent anxiety to self-murder in the first line? The emo-bashing throughout? The use of happy as a word to meant ‘bad’? The thought that a man has to be virile or else he should have a strain created about him scornful him?

Ur So Gay, which Katy pronounced was created about a ‘metrosexual man’, was expelled as a promotional singular to drum up courtesy for her entrance manuscript One Of The Boys, and was enclosed on the final record.

Katy’s next singular we Kissed A Girl also captivated debate for appropriating happy culture.

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