Stop Hating on Ke$ha – She Is Who We R

Despite having 5 top-ten hits in one year, people constantly hate on pop singer Ke$ha. I hear it all the time: “Ke$ha is awful,” “She’s so gross!” and of course, “What is wrong with that slutty girl?”

While I can understand why some people don’t stand behind her gold tooth, nose ring, obsession with body paint, catchy techno pop beats, and copious amounts of glitter references in her songs, I can’t understand how people (especially college girls) don’t want to dance along with her.

I mean, Ke$ha is the ultimate college girl!

Think about it. Her songs are no different than average college life on a Saturday night, yet people are constantly “offended” or “shocked” by what she sings about. What, you can’t handle a little truth? A look in the mirror? Look past the nappy hair, the record deal, and the dollar sign in her name and Ke$ha is just like you and I.

And if you don’t see that, I’ll break it all down for ya…Ke$ha style.

In her third single, “Take It Off,” Ke$ha sings:

“There’s a place downtown, where the freaks all come around/ It’s a hole in the wall/ It’s a dirty free for all.” (Editor’s Note: Is it stuck in your head yet??)

Yeah, and that place is probably a beer soaked fraternity basement or an off-campus party house that has no toilet paper in a bathroom that doesn’t lock. And those freaks are your classmates intoxicated on jungle juice and Natty light, dressed up in Christmas sweaters, Halloween costumes, togas, spandex, and God knows what else depending on the occasion or party theme.

“And now we lookin’ like pimps in my gold Trans-Am / Got a water bottle full of whiskey in my handbag / Got my drunk text on/ I’ll regret it in the morning.”

So maybe no one you know has a Trans-Am, but you definitely know some girl (or you are that girl) with a Dasani bottle full of vodka/tequila/rum/whiskey (or some really disgusting combo of the 4). If you aren’t the girl with the bottle, you are defintely one of the many girls drinking out of said bottle (remember how you got Mono your freshman year?) until you get your own Solo cup of booze in your hand. Oh, and don’t even act like you’ve never drunk texted or drunk dialed your ex-boyfriend, his mom (I know someone who did this — twice), your high school frenemies, and pretty much every other person you’ve ever met. If it happens to Ke$ha, it’s probably happened to you.

But wait, there’s more!

When Ke$ha first came out with her song “Tik Tok,” I constantly heard people say “This girl is crazy.” Pssh … this song is just your average Saturday morning (morning meaning sometime after 1pm considering you were up till 3am the night before) pre-game anthem. Not only does she tell you what it’s like to wake up the next morning (like P-Diddy, of course), but she tells you what to expect for that night (“boys blowing up our phones” and “pulling up to parties, trying to get a little bit tipsy”).  Consider Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” to be an education in the ways of the college party world:

“And now, the dudes are lining up cause they hear we got / But we kick ’em to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger/ I’m talking about everybody getting crunk, crunk/ Boys tryin’ to touch my junk, junk/ Gonna smack him if he getting too drunk, drunk”

While it’s doubtful that most girls are looking for a Mick Jagger type to hook up with, Ke$ha knows what’s up when it’s time to get rid of those guys that don’t stand a chance but won’t leave you alone. You know, the ones that are too drunk, too gross (probably wearing oversized t-shirts), and grinding on you like you’re a stripper pole. But you don’t let that stop you. Nothing will keep you from getting your party on.

Ok, well … maybe a few things will stop you from getting your party on. Like your best friend puking on the dance floor, your ex-boyfriend chasing you around trying to talk to you, and of course, campus safety or the police showing up. “We go until they kick us out or the police shut us down.” So true, girl … so true.

And last but not least, it’s hard to ignore Ke$ha’s latest song “We R Who We R,” the ultimate college girl dance anthem:

“Tonight we’re going hard/ Just like the world is ours/ We’re tearin’ it apart/ You know we’re superstars!/ We are who we are/ We’re dancing like we’re dumb/ Our bodies go numb / We’ll be forever young!”

Nothing is better than dancing alone, dancing with your best friends, dancing with your boyfriend, and being all dressed up (possibly with glitter on your eyes) and feeling like nothing else matters except having fun. Even though we might not all have “Jesus on our necklace” like Ke$ha does, we are no different when we’re dancing on table tops, throwing beer pong balls across the room, and celebrating yet another Friday night — it’s just who we are!

Whether you think Ke$ha needs a bath or not, it doesn’t matter.  These songs are your weekend soundtrack, your dance floor anthems. Ke$ha’s wardrobe is what you wear on your birthday to the club. Her glitter, ripped up stockings, and attitude are you and your best friends at a Girl Talk concert on a Friday night. She is you with your head in the toilet after too many jello shots. Ke$ha is that girl toilet papering her ex-boyfriend’s car while drunk texting his best friend.

Even though Ke$ha may be a glittery gimmick and even though she never even went to college, I can’t help but wish she was the girl next door in my dorm. Oh wait, she was.



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  2. katie says:

    Ke$ha is too legit too quit. I love her music and her style. She is one successful beezy. Her album beat out lady gaga and taylor swift this year for best selling on itunes. Her music may not make the most sense generally, but its not suppose to, its suppose to be about having fun and dancing all night long while partying and drinking. What's not to love about that.

    1. Charlsie - Hollins University says:

      YES! I couldn't agree with you more!

    2. Erika says:

      i absolutely LOVEEE kesha shes my idle shes amazing her voice rocks the beat is amzing in all her songs :]

  3. intoyourblueeyes says:

    Ok, I understand your feeling… But everybody have its own point of view…
    And ya, I am not hating her…

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  4. Melissa says:

    I was just telling my friend this yesterday haha I completely agree!

  5. @KeshaTimee says:

    STOP HATING!!!!!1 shes soo cute n shes a good person :) n shes really talent http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le8BnBuoiNg

    1. Charlsie - Hollins University says:

      She's done a lot of charity and she constantly talks about 'going green.' I think things like that are never featured enough for most celebrities.

  6. JayMarie says:

    I like Ke$ha. She sends that 'be yourself' message. She dresses crazy and stuff without a care and her lyrics are extremley catch. Plus they have more 'meaning' than people think and sometimes it's just straight forward… the things we're thinking, lol.

  7. brittany says:

    I can't stand kesha..and it has nothing to do with being offended by her lyrics..her voice sounds like a cat being beaten with a baseball bat……

    1. Charlsie - Hollins University says:

      If only we could really hear her voice…Thanks Autotune!

  8. Charlsie - Hollins University says:

    I think a lot of people take her message too seriously. I think it's very coy and fun, and I like it.

    1. Erika says:

      i agree with u there

    2. Bets says:

      You clearly have no idea what the word "coy" means.

    3. heatheradair says:

      THANK YOU – completely agree. She's the first one to mention that she doesn't take herself too seriously – all pop stars need not be "role models." she's having fun. good for her.

  9. alexis says:

    i hate kesha… i think you are talking to a small group here when you say THIS IS EVERYONE"S FRIDAY LOL because it is certainly not mine or most people's i know. she's pretty yucky, i would never or spend money on her processed image cultivated for party girls like you all

    1. Elizabeth says:

      most people in college like to go out on weekends, the article compares Ke$ha's songs to the nightlife. Also, the author never says it is EVERYONE's friday, yet you group all "party girls" together right after calling Ke$ha yucky? go meet some people

    2. Alexandra says:

      you're probably one of those lame college girls who doesn't live every day to its fullest. i've seen plenty of girls like that. they just waste their life away in their room.

  10. S says:

    When Tik Tok came out, I completely hate her. I thought she was stupid, slutty, trashy, and just horrible. Now, I think she's amazing. I have embraced her "out-there" style and she really does represent the college lifestyle.

    I actually write a blog about my college lifestyle-hookups, parties, and drunk – http://afterthemorningafter.wordpress.com

  11. Kat says:

    Why would anyone hate on her for having a nose ring?

  12. Armygrl124 says:

    While I don't entirely hate Ke$ha, I'm not entirely with you on this article. I don't go out and party every weekend, in fact, I don't do it that often, and I don't think that you should assume that everyone does, though it may seem like it. It's interesting how you relate her songs to college partying, but like I said, you can't assume every college kid does that.

    And personally, it's not the songs themselves I have an issue with. It's

    a) that non-rap talk-singing she does that consist of half her individual songs
    b) Her singing voice is obviously autotracked, and
    c) her music videos come off as more trashy than her songs

  13. Isabelle says:

    Wow finally an article promoting her ! Thank you !!! Ke$ha is actually like my best friend (but my best friend does not dress like her). She is the one that shuts the mouth, that party hard and always stands for her friends. It is then natural for me to adore Ke$ha as she was my best friend =)

    "I'm in love alright, with my crazy beautiful life. With the parties, the disasters, with my friends all pretty and plastered."

    Oh Ke$ha <3

  14. Michelle says:

    She looks like a fucking trash can, and if you can't see that you're an idiot, just like Ke$ha. She in no way represents the 'college lifestyle' for young women today, and if she does, then I seriously, SERIOUSLY weep for the future.

    C'mon girls, use your heads. Just stop and really THINK for even just a moment…

    Work hard contribute to humanity, not look up to a whore.

    1. anon says:

      someone really needs to get laid

    2. Erika says:

      first watch ya mouth and what she sings about is the true college life hunny :]

  15. jfdksjklejwoi says:

    Review your grammar text before posting articles.

  16. heatheradair says:

    So, for some reason I love this chick. MOSTLY because she recognizes the flash-in-the-pan absurdity of what she's doing and has just enough appreciation for IRONY that she knows how to make fun of herself. She said once "I could do that 'singer/songwriter-ee thing' if I wanted to, but this is more fun." PRECISELY. Her songs are fun, she sounds like she's having fun, you don't turn her tunes on because you want some sort of spiritual revelation, you turn her songs on because you're already buzzed and on your way to the next party with your girlfriends………

  17. Blastphemy says:

    Jeezus – learn how to write English! "Look past the nappy hair, the record deal, and the dollar sign in her name and Ke$ha is just like you and I." That should be YOU AND ME, Charlsie. Believe it or not, there ARE times when ME is correct and I isn't. Good Lord…

    1. anon says:

      "write English"

  18. alexa says:

    Shes a fake! You know she has a super high IQ and she looks like shes some illiterate who woke up in a trashbin. And that doest mean every girl in college is like that. It's almost stereotyping like every person in college is like that? And she has no talent. But I really hate her beause she preaches and tells you to be yourself when shes not real beause she knows shes too boring and has no talent to be herself.

  19. Josh says:

    Ok, it's all a matter of opinion. I fell in love with Tik-Tok and who didn't? It had an infectious beat and pimp sound. But seeing her in interviews and how she carries herself I just think she's a complete fool. Looking seductively at the camera and always 'on' and trying to look out of it like some sort of rockstar tortured artist that I don't buy for a second. I mean come on! You sing pop songs that you write in collaboration and have an entourage of staff to wipe your ass. Finally, that voice starts sounding like nails on a chalk board. Anyway, just my opinion

  20. Coriander says:

    The only thing Ke$ha has been smart about is making a crap load of money off of the morons who actually buy into her terrible music.

    She is a talentless hack. Get any skinny girl up there with a filthy, unbathed look, auto-tune her voice, and make her "sing" songs about a trashy, "trendy" lifestyle, and that person would be the next star. She was smart enough to know that there'd be a lot of simpletons who'd enjoy anything auto-tuned. All her lyrics are about the same as any other billboard top 100 song.

    Oh, and not everyone lives in a party, get drunk world when they're in college. Some people aren't spoiled, bored idiots, and maybe if you were sober, you'd catch all the grammatical errors you have up there. Thank you for making the American youth look like stupid.

  21. Beck says:

    I love her! So do both my daughters! Songs are great and she's awesome!!!!

  22. Carrie says:

    Is this article for real?????????? Um yeah, I've had jello shots and perhaps worn glitter on occasion. But JESUS, way to give college girls a bad reputation! ALL K$sha represents is trashy, dirty, skanky (and possibly homeless) people, NOT college girls.


    Your article gets a THUMBS DOWN. But nice try at convincing me to like a talentless she-hobo.

  23. Thia says:

    Tom, I haven’t visited your blog for a while and thrgouohly enjoyed the visit. Thought I would take this opportunity to let you know that I think you are a roll model Rotarian and community leader. What a blessing to call you friend! Mary Beth

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