For the record, I can curse like a sailor - I'm from NY - but even I keep it in check around kids, as does the rest of my family. DH's family are really bad and they let their kids curse left and right. The more I can prevent them from hearing that and assuming it's okay, the better. Truthfully, I don't want to hear it in a song unless it's meaningful.
In school, one of my DDs called someone a foul name and the teacher disciplined her and contacted us to ensure it didn't happen again, being against the school disciplinary code. We thanked him because she should have just kept her mouth shut in the first place. She's lucky it didn't escalate to violence - even in middle school, calling someone something nasty gives them the excuse to beat the daylights out of you.
Foul-mouthed morons abound, even in DisneyWorld. What's astonishing is that they don't have to be parents to curse. Teens I sort of dismiss since they're just exploring the envelope. When a young adult doesn't have the sense to reign in their language around kids, it's a character flaw, imo.
All you can do as a parent is use them as a "What NOT to do" example and encourage your kids to expand their vocabulary in a positive way that will help them in life. Cursing doesn't impress anyone of value.
I would prefer a station refuse to play the song rather than censoring it. I think it's a station manager's prerogative what's on the station's playlist. Playing it and altering it isn't the answer. You don't like it, don't play it.
I personally hate this song. I mostly enjoy Katy Perry. She's light and fun and a little naughty. This song is gross. It's about losing control and that's not something to glamorize to kids or even adults for that matter.
When the artists and record companies WANT to have the song played, so they provide an alternate version for Radio Disney and the other stations.
In the US, I've never heard a "bleeped" song played, but I think the OP was talking about a Canadian radio station. In that case, I agree with you: just don't play it at all.
Something I found interesting was that classic rock stations in the US tend to censor "bullshit" in Pink Floyd's Money but I often hear the uncensored version on Canadian stations.
If you can't set a good example, you can at least be a horrible warning. ~ my dating life, in a nutshell.
Is "autotune" the process they use that makes their voices sound synthesized or doubled? I've commented to my kids about it several times.
Synthesized, yes. It also corrects any pitch issues so it sounds like the person is singing in key.
Back OT: SiriusXM played the pseudo-sanitized version on the "20 on 20" channel today. I was surprised. The on-screen title came up as "Last Friday Night," not TGIF as the OP called it. I wonder if they released two versions separately, rather than have the "Radio Disney" tag? Now I have to check Radio Disney and see if they play the song at all.
I think they play the regular version here in NYC, but I turn the radio off as soon as I hear the opening chords of that dreadful song
"Marge, if you're going to get mad at me every time I do something stupid, then I guess I'm just going to have to stop doing stupid things!" - Homer Simpson in the Mr. Plow episode
I can't imagine Radio Disney playing any version of "TGIF" at all. Seems they'd have to bleep the entire song or change the lyrics to have a completely different meaning, since everything in it is pretty inappropriate for children. But then again, I don't have to listen to Radio Disney anymore, so I don't know.
One of the local radio stations where I live (U.S.) bleeped "crystal meth" from Third Eye Blind's "Semi Charmed Kind of Life," but seemed to think it was okay to leave in the part about being in panties "face down on the mattress." Seemed pointless to bleep anything. Either play the song or don't. Bleeping one word or phrase doesn't change the meaning of the song.
On another note, I probably heard "TGIF" a million times before I even realized that "menage a trois" was even in the lyrics.
My local radio station always edits the word "smoked" out of the line "Cheech and Chong probably would have smoked'em all" in Nickelback's "This Afternoon" That edit always makes me laugh, because there is a legimate, although not very strong, swear word (a**) in it and they leave that in, but heaven forbid we suggest people might smoke weed. Not to mention that the song is basically about a group of people getting drunk all afternoon...