Following reports that radio stations had pulled Ke$ha's hit single "Die Young" from rotation in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, the singer has responded with not just an apology, but the admission that she never wanted to record the song in the first place.
"I understand. I had my very own issue with 'die young' for this reason. I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO," she tweeted on Dec. 18.
I'm so so so sorry for anyone who has been effected by this tragedy.and I understand why my song is now inappropriate. words cannot express.
— ke$ha(@keshasuxx) December 19, 2012
Ke$ha's admission that she was forced into singing "Die Young" is quite surprising, as she's listed as one of the track's songwriters, along with Dr. Luke, Henry Walter, Benjamin Levin, and fun.'s Nate Ruess.
Though the song's official music video does feature gun imagery, the lyrical content is not centered on violence.
Regardless of the track's content, Ke$ha isn't the only entertainment figure whose work has been given new meaning in the aftermath of one of the worst mass shootings the country has ever witnessed.
TMZ reports that radio stations have also pulled Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks," which includes the line, "All the other kids with the pumped up kicks you better run, better run, outrun my gun." The band had previously said the song -- which is not a new single -- is about "what would it be like to be inside of a kid's head that's a teenager and is basically losing his mind."
In the days following the shooting, executives at Fox decided to pull new episodes of "Family Guy" and "American Dad," replacing them with repeats in order to avoid airing any potentially sensitive content, while Tom Cruise's much anticipated film, "Jack Reacher" had its U.S. premiere canceled, and special screenings postponed out of respect for the victims and their families.
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