Those Darn Kids

November 2, 2011

Kids Say the Darndest Things!

That was a TV segment hosted by genial Art Linkletter in the 1950s and ’60s. Once he asked a girl what she wanted to be when she grows up. “A movie star,” she replied. “What’s a star’s typical day like?” Linkletter wondered. It starts with “a movie star breakfast,” she said, and ends going “to bed with another movie star.”

That’s what passed for naughty a half-century ago.

Today’s kids put yesterday’s to shame. Last month, “Ellen” welcomed two British girls who’ve become international sensations, thanks to their YouTube version of Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass.” Round-cheeked Sophia Grace, 8 (right), raps and sings. Her 5-year-old cousin Rosie (left) busts some moves.

Clad in a fluffy pink skirt and tiara, Sophia Grace took the mike from Ellen and declared: “He just gotta give me that look, when he give me that look, then the panties coming off, off, unh.”

Now that really is the darndest thing to hear on “Ellen”! But there are still some limits in today’s anything-goes TV world. Sophia Grace did cut the “n” word out of the lyrics. The big question: What will the duo do on their Nov. 8 return appearance?

Marc Silver has been watching TV since the days when people wrapped aluminum foil around TV antennae to improve reception.
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