Rude commentary

You’re probably thinking I have something rude to say here, but that’s not the sort of rude I mean. As I once again prepare for the Enrique Worst Pick Up Lyrics in a Song awards, I’ve been pondering the song Rude by Magic. No, it doesn’t qualify for a nomination because the song is directed at the girl’s father, not the girl. And really, there’s nothing wrong with the lyrics. But when you put the lyrics with the video, ah, that’s a different story.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s a cute video. Darling really. Go ahead and watch it so my commentary makes sense.

I admit that the father is obviously in the wrong . Anyone with children knows that they don’t care if you give them their blessing or not, as evidenced by the fact that most of them feel no compunction telling you that every viewpoint you have is wrong. (And you also have no sense of humor, fashion, or direction. They will also laugh if they see you dancing.)

If your child wants to marry someone who is completely wrong for them, there is no talking them out of it. You might as well smile and hope for the best.

Still, I have an irksome need to defend the father in this video. Let’s examine why a loving father might have objections to marrying the guy in the video.

1)  You go to meet your perspective in-law in your best suit, and your best suit is a black leather jacket? I mean, if you’re trying to impress a girl’s conservative father, can’t you spring for a polo shirt? A haircut wouldn’t hurt, either.

2)  You’re going to marry said daughter while wearing a ski cap? Just a head’s up, your future children will openly mock your wedding pictures.

3)  You decide to hold this sacred, once in a life time event in a garage? Gee, I wonder why Dad didn’t want to attend. What Dad doesn’t want to give away his beloved daughter in an garage? Seriously, dude, wasn’t there a park around?

4) And lastly, in the words of the father from the movie My Father, the Hero “You can marry a musician, when all other men are dead.” So you know, there’s that objection too.

Just my thoughts should any band members from Magic wish to court my daughters.


Rude commentary — 11 Comments

  1. Ha ha ha! My parents hadn’t met my (now) husband before we got engaged. He sort of asked for a blessing after he’d already asked me. I guess some things just happen backwards 🙂 Of course, my mom objected (having never met him – it’s hard when you’re in separate states) but she came around after. Thank goodness for that!

    • Neither my parents or my in-laws were smiling in my wedding pictures. That probably had something to do with the fact that I got engaged when I was 19 years old. But 28 years later, I still think I made a good decision. Our parents came around.

  2. He should have brought the father his bank statement. Believe me, the guys in Magic! are not hurting if you know what I mean 🙂

    Now to the song/video. At first, I was wondering what was so rude about the father giving the guy an honest answer. Just because he didn’t get the answer he was looking for makes the father rude? I mean, if the father had happened to say yes, and then changed his mind the day of the wedding, now that would call for a response like “Don’t you know I’m human too…” and “I’m gonna marry her anyways.” But, if you watch the video closely, you will notice that the father is trying to arrange his daughter’s marriage with a guy that she’s obviously not in love with and IMHO, that’s rude 🙂

    On a side note: I know the guys in Magic! and if they decided to court your daughters you would love them. Unless you don’t like Canadians 🙂

    • I’m sure the guys from Magic are all great. (And what’s not to love about Canadians, eh?) Really, I love the song–except that now when my 12 year-old thinks I’m being rude, she sings me the chorus. I could do without that.
      The dinner scene is actually an attempt on the parents part to arrange a marriage? I’m suddenly excited by the possibility that this option still exists in some country. Maybe I need to move to Canada immediately . . .

  3. Couldn’t resist commenting, a Magic “Rude” (The Dad’s side) cover has been released on Youtube and has since then gone viral at 6 million views. Thought of you when I saw it. (Not sure if this will count as spam for your website, but here’s the link) If it does, just look it up! I thought it was hilarious and totally agreed with it!!

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