Cee-Lo: ‘I Dare Someone To Have A Problem With My Song’

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October 21, 2010 | 6:15pm EST

Hip-hop and R&B star Cee-Lo Green is challenging parents who have attacked him for releasing the catchiest song of the year, with the most offensive title to get over themselves and accept the ‘F’ word is everywhere in society.
The Gnarls Barkley star is enjoying massive success with his new hit F**k You and its fun video – and he insists that parents who have blasted him over the song title should be less uptight.

He tells the Los Angeles Times, “I have a 10 year old (child) and I think, with the Internet and the entertainment industry being as it is, there is so much more accessible and unauthorised, and unapologetic, that we may as well be as honest with our kids.

“I wouldn’t necessarily want my children to be naive about anything. I can either teach them how to negate or navigate, to get through it or avoid it completely. That’s all that we can hope for them – to be able to distinguish things.”

And he insists the song, which has been retitled and dubbed Forget You for radio play, isn’t all that offensive: “If you think about the lyrics, in literal terms, I saw them (girl of his dreams and her boyfriend) driving past, and I’m like, ‘F**k you!’ But I didn’t say it to her; I’m just thinking it out loud.

“The song is about smiling in the face of adversity, and accepting and moving on. There’s definitely a silver lining to it.

“It’s just meant to be funny, really… I dare somebody to have a problem with this song.”