Matthew West has experienced a long effective occupation in Christian tunes. He’s unveiled several albums, received several awards, and even created chart-topping music for well known mainstream artists. All which is to say he has a good deal of pull in the Christian tunes planet.
So on Friday, when he introduced a new music called “Modest is Best,” men and women have been spending consideration. At to start with glance, the music appears to be a parody of purity society. He even referred to it as a “light-hearted just take on an age-outdated struggle.”
But then you hear the lyrics. And you notice you were being improper. Quite incorrect.
Dear daughter, it’s me your father
I imagine it’s time we had a converse
The boys are coming around mainly because your gorgeous
And it is all your mother’s fault
Now I have been seeking challenging to elevate you up right
No drinkin’, no smokin’, no swearin’
But your outdated person has bought a small much more information
When it will come to the apparel that your carrying
Modest Is Most popular
The newest trend trend is a minimal much more Amish
A little considerably less Kardashian
What the boys genuinely really like is a turtleneck and a practical pair of slacks
Honey, Modest Is Hottest
Sincerely, your Dad
If catching you doing dances on the TikTok
In a crop prime
So aid me God
You will be grounded til the earth stops
I am just kidding…no I’m Not
All the mothers and fathers be stating their prayers
That all their girls they be putting on much more levels
Moms and Dads around the globe yea their on their knees
Lord make them far more like Jesus and considerably less like Cardi B
No offence to Cardi B
I am positive she’s a genuinely awesome girl and Jesus enjoys her but I just think…
What the boys really adore is a one particular piece
With a raincoat above that
Honey, Modest is most popular,
Sincerely your Father
Trust me Modest is Most popular
Sincerely, your Father
It’s as “light-hearted” as all these creepy illustrations or photos of couples on Prom Evening with the girl’s dad in the background holding a rifle.
That music is meant to be encouraging to his (underage) daughters, but it just repeats the similar previous detrimental tropes that blame ladies (and ladies) for the poor behavior of adult men (and boys). Didn’t we currently have this conversation when all individuals evangelical women of all ages spoke out towards Purity Culture? All people times Joshua Harris apologized for his infamous e book? Is it seriously that hard to avert your eyes or treat gals as individuals somewhat than intercourse objects?
West’s concept listed here is distinct: If his daughter dresses like Cardi B, her worth will diminish in his eyes no issue what else she ever accomplishes.
While the track doesn’t specifically disgrace females, it sets the phase for blaming them if they ever get assaulted or raped — items that have took place to women of all ages sporting burqas, sweatpants, and all forms of apparel that West would surely deem “modest.”
It’s odd that girls are given so a great deal obligation for male actions taking into consideration Jesus reported “If your ideal eye brings about you to stumble, pluck it out.”
Supplied all the issues that rhyme with those people past 3 terms, perhaps West should really take into account a music about that.
For what it’s well worth, a whole lot of people today (like Christians) are contacting West out for perpetuating these dangerous tips:
Hello Matthew, I have been requested to parody this music (as element of my music parodying initiative) and flip it into a song about how gentlemen want to master how to regulate them selves even if the girl is not dressed like an Amish widow.
I can’t come across the chords, even though. Can you send them to me?
— Chris Creech (@thechriscreech) June 19, 2021
“Modest is hottest” didn’t cease grown guys from sexually harassing me as a teen, or from catcalling me in the avenue, Matthew. Never set this on your daughters. It is not honest.
— sam ♒️ (@_samissam) June 18, 2021
A light-weight hearted consider on white sharia
— Michael MacLennan (@MMacLennan01) June 18, 2021
If my husband sang a thing like this to our little ones, it would be the very last working day he was my spouse.
This is pretty creepy and inapropriate. (I grew up in purity culture and Mennonite adjacent)
— Guinevere (she/her) POTS Woman Sommer (@SatNiteParade) June 18, 2021
Women of all ages do not costume (or do something) for the consideration of adult men.
The idea that your daughters ought to go over themselves up simply because they are stunning is not the compliment you feel it is.
How about a track telling boys/males to address us like people fairly than objects?
— Shawntel (@shirkeyjerky) June 18, 2021
Seriously this isn’t lovable, it truly is shameful on so many amounts but unfortunately evangelicals are unable to look to study from their previous issues. Purity tradition ruined lives, we are not retreading that BS on a different era. #purityculture
— The Sophia Society (@sophia_culture) June 18, 2021