Plugged In exists to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving you and your family the essential tools you need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which we live. Through reviews, articles and discussions, we want to spark intellectual thought, spiritual growth and a desire to follow the command of Colossians 2:8: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."


Family uses Plugged In as a ‘significant compass’

"I am at a loss for words to adequately express how much it means to my husband and me to know that there is an organization like Focus that is rooting for us. Just today I was reading Psalm 37 and thinking about how your ministry provides ways to 'dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.' We have two teenagers and an 8-year-old in our household...Plugged In has become a significant compass for our family. All three of our kids are dedicated to their walk with Christ but they still encounter challenges. Thanks for all of your research and persistence in helping us navigate through stormy waters."

Plugged In helps college student stand-up for his belief

"Thanks for the great job you do in posting movie and television reviews online. I’m a college freshman and I recently had a confrontational disagreement with my English professor regarding an R-rated film. It is her favorite movie and she wanted to show it in class. I went to your Web site to research the film’s content. Although I had not seen the movie myself, I was able to make an educated argument against it based on the concerns you outlined. The prof said that she was impressed by my stand and decided to poll the whole class and give us a choice. We overwhelmingly voted to watch a G-rated movie instead! I’ve learned that I can trust your site and I will be using it a lot in the future.”

Plugged In brings ‘Sanity and Order’ to Non-believer

“Even though I don’t consider myself a Christian, I find your Plugged In Web site useful and thought-provoking. No one reviews movies like you do. Instead of being judgmental, you put entertainment ‘on trial.’ After presenting the evidence, you allow the jury of your readers to decide for themselves what they should do. In my opinion, you bring sanity and order to the wild world of modern day entertainment. Keep up the good work!”

Mom thinks Plugged In is the ‘BEST Christian media review site’

"Our family doesn't go to the movies until we go online and check out your assessment of a given film. I think this is the BEST Christian media review website that I've found, and I recommend it to my family and friends. Keep up the good work!"


Our hope is that whether you're a parent, youth leader or teen, the information and tools at Plugged In will help you and your family make appropriate media decisions. We are privileged to do the work we do, and are continually thankful for the generosity and support from you, our loyal readers, listeners and friends.

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Album Review

Kesha Rose Sebert was practically raised to perform. Born in 1987 in Los Angeles, she got her first taste of the stage as an infant when her performing mother would take her to singing gigs.

By 1991 the Sebert family had moved to Nashville, Tenn., and in 2005 appeared in an episode of The Simple Life, starring Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. A music producer noticed Kesha about the time the show taped, according to Australia's Herald Sun, and started calling—then mentoring the burgeoning starlet. But it wasn't until Kesha sang on Flo Rida's bigger than big single "Right Round" in 2009 that she really started to attract attention. Though her work wasn't credited—the dollar sign she's now inserted into her name is, she told the Herald Sun, an ironic nod to the fact that she didn't earn a dime from the track—the musical world was introduced to Ke$ha in a big way. Next stop: RCA Records … and Animal.

Paul Lester of London's Guardian calls Ke$ha a "degenerate Hannah Montana." That's apt. Ke$ha co-wrote Miley Cyrus' song "The Time of Our Lives," and her '80s-inflected dance-pop is loaded with both musical hooks and a decedent party-hearty ethos.

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements


Pro-social Content

Ke$ha is not one for deep introspection, but we can at least say that, if her songs are any indication, she enjoys "living in the moment"—a decent attitude so far as it goes. …

Objectionable Content

But Ke$ha goes far beyond decent. Hit single " TiK ToK," with its references to brushing her teeth with Jack Daniel's and boys trying to "touch my junk," is simply a warm-up for Ke$ha's party-'til-you-throw-up-in-someone's-closet devotion. With Ke$ha, the typical one-night stand has been cut into, say, one-hour increments, leaving said night open for, well, more than one night. On "Blah Blah Blah," she explicitly tells a boy to stop making small talk and have sex with her in the back of her "Car-ar-ar," or perhaps in "the back with the Jack [another reference to whiskey brand] and the jukebox."

"Take It Off" is a song about exactly what you think it might be about—a plea for any nightclub partiers within the sound of her voice to disrobe. She brags about stuffing a "cigar in the caviar" and urinating in the champagne during a "Party at a Rich Dude's House." She talks about being tipsy, drunk, stoned, hung over and, like I already said, throwing up in someone's closet. She adds, "I don't care, 'cause the sun is coming up, an' oh my god, I think I'm still drunk."

Even when she's mulling the serious issues of love and relationship, she goes no deeper than throwing around substance abuse metaphors. On "Your Love Is a Drug" (a song she co-wrote with her mother), Ke$ha croons, "The rush is worth the price I pay/I get so high when you're with me/But crash and crave you when you leave." She tells "Stephen" that he's her "drug of choice, my sick obsession." And, of course, when she breaks up with someone, she feels "Hungover."

It's all quite sordid, and the profanity doesn't help. S-words (some bleeped, some not) commingle with "b‑‑ch," "a‑‑," "d‑‑n" and crass references to body parts and sex acts. (On the uncensored album, there's at least one reported f-word.)

Summary Advisory

Turns out Animal is an outstanding title for Ke$ha's debut. Her outlook on life is decidedly … primal. Is it a reflection of the real Kesha—the one without the dollar sign? Or is it a stage game? Music has become as much performance art as soulful emoting, and every rising star seems to feel the need to remold themselves with all the brightness, flash and depth of a Saturday morning cartoon. Our musicians—whom we've long asked to plumb and express the deepest longings of our hearts—scarcely seem human anymore.

Only on one song here do we see a very human sense of longing and self-awareness. "Dancing With Tears in My Eyes" talks about partying after a painful breakup, and we see Ke$ha soldiering on in her own alarmingly Ke$ha-fied way when—perhaps—deep down inside, she'd rather just go home, make some soup and cry. "On the floor, I'm just a zombie," she sings. "Who I am is not who I want to be. I'm such a tragedy."

Maybe these are genuine whispers of humanity from the depths of her animalistic persona. Or maybe not.

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles



Discussion Topics

Additional Comments/Notes

Episode Reviews



Readability Age Range







A No. 1 album debut. The single "TiK ToK" became the first song to top Billboard's Hot 100 in 2010.

Record Label





January 5, 2010

On Video

Year Published



Paul Asay

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Get weekly e-news, Culture Clips & more!