Um, does anyone else think it's odd, and maybe even a little bit of a bummer, that Luke Campbell--the 2 Live Crew man whose horndog hip-hop was so controversial, it became the center of a landmark Supreme Court obscenity case--has now recast himself as a bumbling father on the VH1 reality show Luke's Parental Advisory
That the pottymouthed lout behind the perennial stripclub anthem "Me So Horny" is now a doting TV dad, cautioning his impressionable young daughters not to earn bad reputations?
That the bootyrapper whose classic Dirty South album As Nasty As They Wanna Be featured a cover photo of gleamingly exposed female buttocks is now on thirtysomething-friendly VH1, expressing fatherly disapproval over the racy pics of his teen son's MySpace ladyfriends?
Of course, this cornball proud-papa schtick is nothing new. For years, the basic-cable airwaves have been clogged with plenty of "we're crazy but we love each other and take out the garbage like everyone else" dysfunctional-family fare, like Meet The Barkers
, Run's House
, Gene Simmons' Family Jewels
, Hogan Knows Best
, Snoop Dogg's Fatherhood
, Keeping Up With The Kardashians
, Living Lohan
, and of course the show that started it all and really put the FUN in dysFUNctional, The Osbournes
But somehow those shows never bothered me--even if I didn't believe for one second that any of those kookoo clans bore any similarity to the typical 2.3-kids-and-a-dog families that presumably made up the bulk of their viewing audiences. I didn't mind seeing the metalman who used to dentally decapitate bats toddle around his McMansion in a bathrobe. I didn't mind seeing Gene Simmons unmasked and emasculated in his own suburban household. I didn't mind watching Snoop coach kiddie football or Hulk Hogan GPS-track his pop-starlet daughter Brooke when she went on dates. That was some fine entertainment, right there.
And yet, somehow the concept of Luke--a man who in his raps and probably in his boudoir has employed the word "daddy" in the most lustful and non-parental manner imaginable--starring in such a role just irks me. Not just because it kinda/sorta creeps me out, although that's part of it...but more because I want to remember Luke as the filthmongering, First Amendment-flaunting, freakflag-flying lothario of yore. I don't
want to see this bad, bad mutha trying to be Father Of The Year. I still want to think of Luther Campbell as the type of man that protective fathers hide
from their daughters.
Well, regardless of what I want, Luke's Parental Advisory premieres on VH1 August 4th. You can watch a sneak preview of the full show HERE, and see Luke be as passé as he wanna be.