This, friends, is the first Google image result for “Soulja Boy.”
I have no idea what Soulja Boy actually looks like, so I’m going to assume this is him.
And, since the Cut is the only sports blog yet to post about the dance that swept the sports world what seems like years ago — but somehow continues to be a fad — I feel left out.
So, when I saw the song “Crank That” addressed in the pages of Sports Illustrated, I knew the jig (note: new editor, my great, great Irish grandfather) had officially become part of popular culture.
But SI, as they usually do, brings up a point not many have been discussing. Soulja Boy’s anthem has been blasting from the speakers of stadiums throughout the country, but is anyone actually listening to the words? Yea, they aren’t so…uh, PC:
…but do normally conservative sports officials, who have been hypersensitive to decency issues since Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction, understand what’s behind the fun?
Apparently not. It’s widely known among younger Soulja Boy fans that Superman, in the context of the song, is slang for a sexual act that cannot be described in the pages of SI.
In case you are curious, and do not yet know, this is what “Superman” means (Note, if you look at this at work, you will probably get fired. If you look at it at church, you will probably be struck dead.)
Pablo S. Torre, who wrote this piece, hits the nail on the head (between the lines). How can David Stern tell players how to dress and fine them in order to remove a “hip-hop” feel from the NBA, but then allow this song to be Cranked from PA systems across the nation?
Now, I’m not calling for pulling the song because of the lyrics. Songs with raunchy lines (that have been edited for radio) have been featured as team anthems for as long as I’ve been watching. (Remember Trick Daddy’s “Let’s Go” a few years back?)
But how hypocritical is this for the leagues? Players, you can stereotype as gangsters, pimps and thugs by the way they dress…but naughty music? We can let that slide. As long as the fans in the seats love it.
Most telling of the SI piece was the last line:
“(NFL spokesman Greg) Aiello told SI that its question about the rapper was the first time he had heard of Soulja Boy.”
Ignorance is bliss, I suppose.