Joe Jonas’s first solo album, Fastlife, releases tomorrow and you would think I’d be over-joyed about this, right? Wrong. I’m even debating on not buying the album at all. No, the world is not ending, nobody panic. Just hear me out…
It has a parental advisory.
But seriously, who does he think he is? Collaborating on a song with Lil’ Wayne? He has no business doing that; their audiences are not similar at all. Like, seriously. Not. At. All. I don’t want any of my nieces listening to Lil’ Wayne’s vulgarity. It’s inappropriate and they don’t need him to darken their world and expose their minds all his, for lack of a better word, crap. And I think parents need to seriously consider this advisory before they allow their children to listen to the album. And he should have thought it through as well. I can almost promise you that over half of his album sales will come from children under the age of 18. I know that he’s 22 and he’s growing up, and he has a right to say and do what he wants, but it seems a little ungrateful to me. Without these kids, there would be no Joe Jonas solo album, and now he’s gone and alienated them. Even if he wants to fight it or deny it, he is a role model; and he is someone that children idolize. He needs to be more careful about his word and actions.
Even if you exclude his younger fans, his target audience is (generally) not a group of people who would listen to Lil’ Wayne, and they’re not a group of people who listens to things that require a parental advisory. I know that I sure don’t listen to Lil’ Wayne, and I don’t appreciate music that is offensive. There are ways to make good music without having to be outrageous (trust me, Hanson’s been doing it for years).
The thing that upsets me the most about this whole album debacle is that he is a self-professed Christian (his father is an ordained Assemblies of God Minister, no less)! What a huge disappointment to Christians everywhere who thought they finally had someone mainstream to showcase their values and prove that we aren’t all highly religious sticks in the mud (a BIG misconception). This album (what I’ve heard of it) doesn’t promote wholesome values. In fact, it almost glorifies the opposite of those values. It makes him look like a hypocrite, which, though it shouldn’t, will reflect on Christians as a whole.
I have two words for Joe Jonas: sell. out.
I’ve pretty much lost all respect for this boy whom I used to love. Maybe this seems a little bit harsh, but I am just really disappointed in someone who I thought was good influence.
Feel free to listen to the whole album here: Joe Jonas Official Youtube Channel.