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Rude
07/21/2014

Dynamic ImageMain Point: Respect your elders

The Song and Music Video: Magic’s song “Rude” won’t need any introduction. This little tune has been at the top of the charts for over a month now, currently at the No. 1 spot on every chart people care about, namely Billboard, Spotify and iTunes.

The song has a catchy reggae sound and is from a Canadian band that was relatively unknown until now, although the band’s frontman Nasri Atweh actually penned quite a few songs that have been at the top of the charts before, from Justin Bieber, Pitbull, and New Kids on the Block.

“Rude” is a fun song about a young man asking his girlfriend’s dad for his daughter’s hand in marriage. When he find’s out the answer is ‘no,’ he decides he’s “gonna marry her anyway.”

The music video is a pretty good representation of the song’s lyrics, definitely from the “young man’s” point of view, with a stingy future father in law who no one would like.

You won’t have any trouble provoking discussion with this song, it is already provoking discussion across the continent. The web is buzzing with it, including etiquette experts weighing in, funny parodies, and heated comments all around.

When I first heard the song in my car, I simply asked my daughters, “Is he right?” That one simple question seemed to provoke some good conversation. It’s amazing how much more powerful questions are then lectures.

So it’s up to you if you want to show the music video or not. Either the music video or the lyrics alone will suffice as a springboard for this discussion.




Introducing the Song: You say this…
When a young man wants to get married, does he need to ask permission of his future father in law? (Take a few answers from the group.)

Well, as most of you have heard, the band Magic has chimed in their opinion on the subject with their song Rude. Here’s the lyrics/a peek at the video (you decide if you want to play the video, or play the song and post lyrics, or hand out lyrics).

Song’s Lyrics:

"Rude"

Saturday morning jumped out of bed
And put on my best suit
Got in my car and raced like a jet
All the way to you
Knocked on your door with heart in my hand
To ask you a question
'Cause I know that you're an old-fashioned man, yeah

Can I have your daughter for the rest of my life?
Say yes, say yes 'cause I need to know
You say I'll never get your blessing 'til the day I die
Tough luck, my friend, but the answer is 'No'

Why you gotta be so rude?
Don't you know I'm human too?
Why you gotta be so rude?
I'm gonna marry her anyway

Marry that girl
Marry her anyway
Marry that girl
Yeah, no matter what you say
Marry that girl
And we'll be a family
Why you gotta be so
Rude

I hate to do this, you leave no choice
Can't live without her
Love me or hate me we will be boys
Standing at that altar
Or we will run away
To another galaxy, you know
You know she's in love with me
She will go anywhere I go

Can I have your daughter for the rest of my life?
Say yes, say yes 'cause I need to know
You say I'll never get your blessing 'til the day I die
Tough luck, my friend, 'cause the answer's still 'No"

Why you gotta be so rude?
Don't you know I'm human too?
Why you gotta be so rude?
I'm gonna marry her anyway

Marry that girl
Marry her anyway
Marry that girl
No matter what you say
Marry that girl
And we'll be a family
Why you gotta be so
Rude
Rude

Can I have your daughter for the rest of my life?
Say yes, say yes 'cause I need to know
You say, I'll never get your blessing 'til the day I die
Tough luck, my friend, but 'No' still means 'No'!

Why you gotta be so rude?
Don't you know I'm human too?
Why you gotta be so rude?
I'm gonna marry her anyway

Marry that girl
Marry her anyway
Marry that girl
No matter what you say
Marry that girl
And we'll be a family
Why you gotta be so
Rude
Why you gotta be so
Rude
Why you gotta be so rude?

Large Group Discussion: You say this…
What are your first thoughts after listening to this song/watching this video? (Take a few answers from the crowd.)

Is the young man right… should he marry her anyway, even if Dad doesn’t give his blessing? Explain.

Is the Dad wrong to not give his blessing? Explain.

Optional: You say this…
Well… I guess some dads didn’t feel like they were represented very well by this song and music video, like this dad, whose own rendition of this song has already garnered over 7 million YouTube views.



This video has already provoked some comments, like this one:

    This is kind of perpetuating the medieval concept that a marriage should be decided among two men (the father and the husband-to-be) and that the daughter has no say in the matter. Why can't he trust her to marry who she wants?

    I know people say that it's a joke and shouldn't be taken seriously, but the fact that this video can be made and that people are supporting these ideas are showing that sexism is still around, even if it's not on a surface level.

Transition Statement: You say this…
Interesting.

A lot of different opinions here. Does a young man need permission or a blessing from a future father in law? Is that a medieval concept? Is that sexism? What level of respect is called for?

Divide into Small Groups:
Let’s go ahead and split up into our discussion groups to dialogue about this, and then afterward we’ll come back together for a final word.

CLICK HERE for a quick training article on how to maximize your small groups using our small group format—a great resource to equip your small group leaders.

Discussion Questions:

  1. AROUND THE CIRCLE: Let’s all take a moment to share our names and the most recent noteworthy song we listened to today or this week.

  2. ASK A FEW: The ritual of asking a dad’s permission for his daughter’s hand in marriage began because women used to get married a lot younger and they actually needed their dad’s permission. So why do so many people still do it even though permission isn’t legally needed?

  3. ASK A FEW: In Magic’s song Rude, the young man still asked for permission. Why do you think he did?

  4. ASK A FEW: If a young man doesn’t ask his girlfriend’s dad’s permission, what is he communicating?

  5. ASK A FEW: What is the difference between asking for “permission” and asking for a “blessing”?

  6. ASK A FEW: Do you think it’s wise to ask for a ‘blessing’ today, even though ‘permission’ isn’t required? Explain.

  7. Read the following passage:

      1 Timothy 5: 1-3, NLT

      Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers. Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters. Take care of any widow who has no one else to care for her.

  8. ASK SOMEONE: According to the verses, how are we supposed to speak to an older man?

  9. ASK A FEW: Why do you think Paul (the author of this letter in the Bible) needed to remind us of this?

  10. ASK A FEW: What is the overall theme of all these verses?

  11. ASK A FEW: Whom do these verses say we need to respect? (the answer you may be looking for: everyone!)

  12. ASK A FEW: So how are we supposed to treat our future “in laws”?

  13. AROUND THE CIRCLE: How do you want the “permission” or “blessing” handled if/when you get married someday?

  14. AROUND THE CIRCLE: How can we live out this kind of respect for our elders even this week?

Wrap Up:
As we close up this week, I want you to think of one action you can take tonight, tomorrow, or sometime this week, where you can show respect to an adult in your life. Let’s pray about that specifically right now as we close in prayer.

Close in Prayer


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Comments on this post

   Kat         10/29/2014 10:15:02 AM

cheers for this man!

   Kent         7/21/2014 3:20:21 PM

My kids love this song!















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