Kids Have Heard Much Worse Than “Fuck You,” Cee-Lo Says

Kids Have Heard Much Worse Than “Fuck You,” Cee-Lo Says
Though yesterday (October 19) we told you about Cee-Lo Green’s latest single “Old-Fashioned,” we’d be lying if we said we’re over “Fuck You,” the first track leaked off his upcoming album The Lady Killer. But when we hear the radio-edit “Forget You,” we can’t help but drop that f-bomb just a little bit louder — sometimes even in front of our kids. Before you give us a lecture on our parenting skills, though, consider Cee-Lo’s opinion on the matter. His kids have heard “Fuck You,” and he’s totally fine with that.

In an interview with the L.A. Times, the singer explains that there’s way more offensive things to worry about than his playful profanity.

"I have a ten-year-old," Green said. "And I think with the Internet and the entertainment industry being as it is, there is so much more accessible and unauthorized, and unapologetic, that we may as well be as honest with our kids. I wouldn’t necessarily want my children to be naïve about anything."

It’s the tone of the tune that has Green rationalizing his position. Between its laid-back pop melody and its message of getting past your problems, whatever they may be, “Fuck You” ultimately looks on the brighter side of life.

“The song is about smiling in the face of adversity, and accepting and moving on. There's definitely a silver lining to it,” he continued. “It’s just meant to be funny, really."

The Lady Killer comes out November 9, courtesy of Atlantic Records.