TV networks and movie studios have postponed episodes and movie premieres out of sensitivity for the Newtown school shooting, and radio stations are also being cautious with the songs they play.According to Billboard magazine, some stations have pulled Ke$ha's popular "Die Young" from the airwaves following last Friday's tragedy that claimed the lives of 20 elementary school students.
In the pop/dance song, which is at No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 100, Ke$ha sings about making the most of a night out "like we're gonna die young."
The program director and morning host for Danbury, Connecticut's WDAQ told Billboard that the song may be about "seizing the moment" but "all people are going to hear right now is those two words in the title." As a result, the station's elected not to play "Die Young," as well as Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks," which has lyrics that also could be seen as insensitive.
The pop star herself has tweeted that she stands behind that decision, adding that she questioned the song's lyrics from the beginning.
"[I] understand. I had my very own issue with 'die young' for this reason. I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO," Ke$ha tweeted Tuesday before deleting the remark. She did leave up the apology that followed:
"I'm so so so sorry for anyone who has been effected by this tragedy.and I understand why my song is now inappropriate. words cannot express."