I understand that the linked article is a joke, but the very purpose of LEGO Rock Band - to create a 'family friendly' version of the game - throws up some depressing revelations.
Why is it that when people express concern about 'suitable content' for they only really mean excluding sexual content. I don't think there's a five year old in the world that could make head or tail of Sir Psycho Sexy - it would sound like the poem Jabberwocky to anyone who wasn't already familiar with innuendo. Whereas a lyric like "Girls don't like boys, girls like cars and money" is a) comprehensible to anyone, and b) potentially a much more damaging concept to a kid.
The purpose of LEGO Rock Band is to provide a Rock Band Experience that's suitable for kids. It's existence is an acknowledgement of the idea that some songs are OK for for kids, and other's aren't. With that in mind how is the deliberate, demeaning stereotyping in Girls and Boys in any way more acceptable than - say - the obviously ridiculous horror in Hammer Smashed Face, a song so absurd as to have almost no bearing on reality?
Yeah, I flat out can't believe the theme sung in Girls and Boys is permitted.
I don't even have kids but every time the bloody song comes up in Random I just get gobsmacked that they feel its okay to tells kids that girls are supposed grow up to be shallow and materialist.
And yet I can't have my Iron Maiden...
Someone explain to my wife that 6 guitars and 3 drumsets is not a problem, its a start.
On the other hand, although it may be offensive in a lot of ways it isn't about sex, religion, or something that is a crime... it's not going to get cut.
"There are people who will say that they knew me so well I may not go to heaven, but I hope you go to hell." - Adam Duritz
No five year old would know what any of these phrases mean anyways, so who cares
Bustin' makes me feel good? Really?
Home is where the needle marks
Try to heal my broken heart
Also, I have butter cookies!
Yeah, the Boys and Girls song is clearly written with a level of irony/satire to it, criticizing shallowness rather than condoning it, but I honestly don't know if kids will pick up on that or not. Heck, most of the people in this thread haven't, apparently.