In the chart-climbing song, 'Rude,' a guy asks for a dad's blessing to marry his daughter, and the young man's request is denied. "Tough luck, my friend," the dad says, "but the answer is no."
The singer doesn't give up that easily. "Why you gotta be so rude?" the MAGIC! lyrics go, "I'm gonna marry her anyway!"
That sentiment didn't sit too well with Benji Cowart, dad of three.
He recorded his own version of "Rude" in response. The song is just as catchy as the original, but with a very different perspective: he wanted to tell a dad's side of the story.
"You say you want my daughter for the rest of your life, well, you've gotta make more than burgers and fries... Why you gotta call me rude? I'm doing what a dad should do," Benji Cowart sings.
Later in the song, he suggests that things could become violent if the young man continues pursuing his daughter, but, as he said in an interview with The Huffington Post, "It's all hyperbole. It's all going, 'What's the first thing I would think if a dude said, 'Look, I'm going to marry your daughter anyway.'"
"Good, bad, right or wrong, your first response is no, no, not going to happen... Anybody who's a dad feels that way about their little girl, but they're going to be reasonable about it," he explained.
And with the millions of views the video has racked up, it's clear that the song (and the side of the story it tells) has struck a chord.
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