Chances are that if you’re a teenager and you’ve got a pulse, you’ve not only heard of/listen to LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem but you’ve also driven people around you mad by randomly stopping and saying… “Every Day I’m Shufflin”!
While Redfoo & SkyBlu’s musical style is geared toward partying, their looks scream modern/80’s mash up. Let’s stop shufflin’ for a second and dig into the song’s video for reflection and conversation.
What is the message/worldview?
The video intro knock-off of 28 Days Later while humorous, is rooted in the fact that Redfoo and SkyBlu slipped into a coma after excessive “party rocking” the night before Party Rock Anthem was released. Upon waking up from their coma they discover that ever since “that song” was released the entire world has been “shuffling” or dancing to the irresistible sound.
Those who haven’t succumbed to the “shuffling” bug yet are dance-attacked on the streets until they themselves give in to the craze. At first Redfoo and SkyBlu attempt to resist, but eventually begin shuffling themselves. Perhaps this is not-so-subtly suggesting that we don’t fight or resist what everybody else is doing for fun but instead should just join in?
This dance song is clearly made for partying and the chorus encourages listeners to “just have a good time.” Partying at the club, or party rocking as the group calls it, is clearly how LMFAO rolls.
Besides being encouraged to “shuffle”, the lyrics also suggest that a night of party rocking includes drinking, spending money, as well as “getting naked” or other sexual activities.
The young party rockers that make up the dance crew throughout the video embrace the party rock style (dance, attitude and image) of LMFAO while a number of them have represent different characters or identities. The token sexualized girls make their appearance with the nurse and UK singer/dancer Lauren Bennett dressed in a tiny silver thing (why is she even in the video anyhow?). Interestingly, apparently even Jesus can’t resist shufflin’ as he’s seen participating near the end of the vid. He either can’t resist it or he’s game with going along with party rocking.
How does it stand in light of the biblical message/worldview?
- God wants us to experience joy (have a good time) in this world, but our joy should be found in delighting in Him and His ways.
Psalm 112:1 states, “Praise the Lord. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands.” Behaviors suggested in the song and video, such as excessive drinking (party rocking) and sexual behavior outside the establishment of marriage stand in stark contrast to God’s healthy boundaries as given in the Bible.
- Shuffling, or any kind of dancing, can be a great way to worship God and display the talents and abilities that God has given us (Psalm 149:3).
You should do everything to the glory of God, even if it’s shuffling. Some of the dance moves in the video are really imaginative and the dancers are super talented. With or without knowing it, their creativity and skill points to their Creator.
- Party rocking exemplifies wanting to have a good time and get along with everyone.
One lyric in the song suggests “Stop. Hatin’ is bad.” In Mark 12:28-34, Jesus answers one of the teachers of the law saying, in part, “‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
- The zombie-like way that the world has yielded to the shuffling craze as portrayed in the music video demonstrates how easily it is for us to get caught up in the latest fad, or to mindlessly follow the crowd.
Romans 12:2 bids us not to fall into this kind of behavior but instead “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
What do I do with it?
The song deserves some reflection, conversation and choices at deeper levels. Wrestle through these questions and leave some thoughts below.
- What are the dangers of excessive ‘party rocking’?
- Have you or others you know encountered any of these?
- Would you say they are funny or serious?
- How does your friends and your younger generation ‘have a good time?’
- How do you ‘have a good time?’
- If you’re a Christian, what are biblical/God supported ways you can ‘have a good time?’
- As a Christian, should your standards be different than those around you? If so, in what ways? If not, why not?
- Do you feel pressure or pull from the catchyness of what everyone else is doing?
- How can/do you avoid being pulled into what ‘everyone’ else is doing?
- Do you think Jesus would really join in/succumb to the infection of shufflin’?
:: Used with permission. Modified from original article by Chris Wagner from the Center for Parent/Youth UnderstandingTweet