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Black Eyed Peas lead singer Fergie gave young visitors at the White House Easter Egg Roll quite an earful.

From the D.C. Examiner

Monday morning’s Easter Egg Roll kicked off with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band playing such kid-friendly hits as “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and “Pop Goes the Weasel” to the hundreds of kids and their families who were lucky enough to score tickets online. But thanks to performer Fergie, the event went from singing songs about animals to songs about boyfriends and driving in limos.

The Black Eyed Peas front woman was the headlining act at the annual family affair, but the pop diva seemingly forgot she was performing on the South Lawn for hundreds of young kids.

The former meth addict, dressed in a short white, layered dress with a lime-green cardigan, asked Washington, “Whassup?” before exhorting the crowd to “Get ready” during her cover of the Temptations’ “Here I Come.”

As she introduced the track “Clumsy” — a song about falling in love — she said she fell in love with “all the wrong boys.” Being that most of the girls were less than 10 years old, her message probably fell on deaf ears.

But it wasn’t until she began singing “Glamorous” the parents present might have understood why her album “The Dutchess” comes with a Parental Advisory label slapped on the front. 

Lines like “wear them gold and diamond rings” and “I’m not clean, I’m not pristine” may not be the dream lyrics for their daughters to emulate, but the song’s repetition of the line “If you ain’t got no money take your broke a** home” made a few parents cringe. She did of course edit the curse word from the song Monday — but some of crowd members helpfully filled it in for her. 

Clearly it wasn’t just that she forgot the average age of those in attendance — she thanked her “new friends the Obamas” for having her there “tonight.” This was at 11:30 a.m.

Clumsy would be a good word to describe her performance of adult level songs for a kid level audience.  What were the Obama’s thinking when they invited her? 


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