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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Parental Advisory Explicit Content

John Marine | 2:49 PM | | |
"Parental Advisory Explicit Content" is usually reserved for music works that feature bad language and raunchy content. It is like a PG rating for music. It is to let parents know that the music is very offensive and raw. These days in fashion, lots of fashionable types are wearing garments with these four words emblazoned on them. It's one of the latest trends going right now. And of course, some designers have put their own spin on these words. For example, I've seen instead of "Parental Advisory Explicit Content," I've seen something like a top from Advisory that says "Rich Fashion Advisory Explicit Content." So what do I think about this trend? Find out as I go into detail about this trend.

"Parental Advisory Explicit Content" - Pictures and Inspirations.

Before I continue, let me show you an example of what it is I am trying to discuss:

Parental Advisory Explicit Content
^ from: - Here is a men's T-shirt bearing the familiar graphic being discussed in this blog post.

Here are some blogging examples now (these are the only ones that immediately came to mind as I came up with this post):

"Inspiration: Flatform Sneakers and pink details" (Violetta's Style) « a hot pink beanie bearing the graphic.
"My fav #Pastel" (Violetta's Style) « the graphic in pink on a gray shirt.
(LOOKBOOK outfits using the search term "Parental") « outfits on LOOKBOOK with "Parental Advisory Explicit Content"

Now comes my thoughts on this trend.

"Parental Advisory Explicit Content" - Final Thoughts.

I personally think this is being played out and getting extremely old. Even for someone who grew up listening to raunchy hip-hop music, I think this is getting tiresome seeing the whole "Parental Advisory Explicit Content" graphic on clothing. It isn't stylish at all, and it is remotely cool (as long as you're not some poser/poseur). I'm just tired of it. This "Parental Advisory Explicit Content" is being about as overdone as the "Keep Calm and Carry On" messaged material. Only that the "Keep Calm and Carry On" deal is a bit more manageable and not as overdone.

Now that I think about it, perhaps "Parental Advisory Explicit Content" is trendy if you believe in 20-year cycles of fashion. A lot of hip-hop was at its peak in the 1990s, especially the heavy-hitters such as Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, TuPac Shakur, Ice Cube, Wu-Tang Clan, and more. All of which... producing some raw music that defined '90s hip-hop. So maybe this is sort of a tribute to this kind of music.

My problem is just that this "Parental Advisory Explicit Content" is all played-out to me. It is about as played out as those mirror image pictures some people post in blogs and outfits. I also sort of feel it is a cheap trend to try to be cool if you aren't "cool" at all. I am just tired of seeing this style expressed in fashion.

Cross-Promotion/Other Reading.

This is really the only related post I can offer as related material. Take a look at it in case you haven't done so already:

"Why So Mean?" (StyleSpace by JBM)
^ Offensive content in music can be mean, thus prompting the warning of "Parental Advisory Explicit Content." The blog post called "Why So Mean?" is my look at fashions with mean messages on them.

This post is over. Hope you enjoyed your time here.

Here is my question for your discussion pleasure:

What do you think about garments bearing the "Parental Advisory Explicit Content" graphic on them?

I have my own comments and my own opinions. You're free to agree or disagree at will. So what do you think? Let me know! Thank you for reading!

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