The general consensus among the population is this: if you want to survive, do not mess with a father’s daughter; the father will kill you. Mercilessly. And then make it look like an accident.
We meet one such father in the music video for MAGIC!'s hit song "Rude." The entire song's premise is the seemingly slacker protagonist attempting to convince the hard-nosed father of his love to let him marry his daughter. The song paints the protagonist as the underdog looking for love, while simultaneously demonizing the father as unreasonable and controlling, coming in between his daughter and the man she chose to love.
But is there more to the story? What does the father think?
Thanks to Benji Cowart (and with assistance from his wife Jenna), we won’t have to wonder any longer!
Benji, guitar atop his lap, sings with charming vocals about how it’s a father’s duty to protect his daughter from a man who only makes “burgers and fries”. He masterfully demonstrates that the father isn’t some heartless monster, but instead only wishes to ensure his daughter has the best chances of being provided for and taken care of. He questions why he’s being called rude for being a father, and insists that if the slacker tries to take his daughter, he isn’t “scared of doing hard time” and, though he may be a Christian, he “will go to prison” before he lets him take his daughter.
Yikes! It wouldn’t be wise to mess with this papa wolf! I can’t help but empathize with the father’s point of view, but when you threaten to punch the guy, maybe your potential son-in-law isn’t wrong in calling you rude? What do you think, PopWrappers
? Is the protagonist in MAGIC!’s song “Rude” in the right, or does the father (as demonstrated by Benji and Jenna Cowart) have a point?
Sound off in the comments below and pick your favoured side!
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