Singing Lyrics that Stigmatize Mental illness is Not Entertaining – It is Wrong (Video “Praying” By Kesha Included)

“I remember when I lost my mind. Does that make me crazy? Crazy. Going off the rails on the crazy train. You may be right, but it just may be a lunatic you are looking for. 

I wish I were special. I am a creep. I am a weirdo. What am I doing here? I don’t belong here. I am crazy. I am a creep. I am a weirdo. What am I doing here?

I find it kind of funny. I find it kind of sad. The dreams in which I am dying are the best I’ve ever had. It is a very, very mad world, mad world.

That makes me crazy. Feels like I am going insane.

Feels like I am having a meltdown. Feels like I am losing control. They say I am a danger to myself. The crazy train is ready to roll. 

Electric shock. I can’t get enough.

I am gonna lose my mind like a maniac…

Cross the line. I’ve gone “cuckoo.”

Gonna party until they take us away. Lose my mind. Cross the line. We are on the loose.

We’ve gone “cuckoo.”

We are gonna party until they take us away.”


Those are not my words. Those are words I was forced to listen to for over fifteen minutes.

These stigmatizing, hurtful, biased, derogatory, shaming, negative and cruel words are sung and danced to by 64 teenagers very talented teenagers at a High School Show Choir competition. These are young impressionable minds that should be taught what mental illness and that stigma is wrong and hurts people. Words hurt.

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These children should be taught how to be kind and love and accept all people. No one should use words that stigmatize people with mental illness and they should especially not sing stigmatizing words.

Mental illness is not entertaining in any way shape or form and the stigma that surrounds it is definitely not entertaining. Stigma is hurtful and it shames and hinders people with mental illness to seek treatment when they need it.

This entire show unknowingly promotes MENTAL ILLNESS STIGMA.

Stigma is a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person. Using derogatory language is wrong and stigmatizes people with mental illness. Words that are listed as stigmatizing words that hurt others are “crazy,” “insane,” “mental,” “crazed,” “deranged,” “nut, “lunatic,” lost my mind,” “I’ve gone CUCKOO” and any negative word when referring to mental illness, like “I am a weirdo” and “I’m a creep.” That is hurtful.

The theme of the show was overwhelmingly using songs about being “crazy”. You cannot hide it and then to sing a song with words like “I am a creep and I am a weirdo” in the same show is very hurtful and wrong. You would not sing songs about being fat, gay, black, or use the word retard. Would you? That would be wrong and so are these terms related to mental illness stigma.

Avoiding stigmatizing terms and phrases that cause shame and misrepresent reality can help eliminate a major obstacle to treatment. It’s not simply about being politically correct. The point is to simply stop and think about what you say and SING (to thousands of people) and be mindful of how your choice of words may affect others.

Words have power and music has even more power to make a change and impact the lives of people in many ways! Think before you speak and sing. Stigma hurts and stigma interferes with people’s ability to seek help for an illness they did not cause. The singing and dancing are beautiful, but the theme of the show is beyond awful.

I have no words to truly describe how hurt I am by the lack of education and knowledge of stigma in our area. Very sad to me, especially when this is coming from educators and people who are supposed to be educating our young people.

Sorry, but I needed to be honest and speak the truth of what stigma is and this show is STIGMA at its finest, very loud and clear, and hurtful. I need to speak up or change will never happen. Stigma needs to stop now! It is time to educate others about mental illness stigma. Stop stigma, prevent suicide and save lives.

Words have power.

Music can be even more powerful than simple words.

Think before you write, speak, sing and dance.

Stifle stigma.

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Here is an example of how powerful music, lyrics and words are. This is a beautiful, powerful, and meaningful song that can bring you to tears. This video shows how powerful music can be and what an impact it can make in the lives of many people and how it can help create change in the world today.

This is entertainment and is safe and stigma free.

Prayer” by Kesha performed on the Grammys 2018

“Praying” Lyrics by Kesha

Well, you almost had me fooled

Told me that I was nothing without you
Oh, but after everything you’ve done
I can thank you for how strong I have become
‘Cause you brought the flames and you put me through hell
I had to learn how to fight for myself
And we both know all the truth I could tell
I’ll just say this is “I wish you farewell”
I hope you’re somewhere prayin’, prayin’
I hope your soul is changin’, changin’
I hope you find your peace
Falling on your knees, prayin’
I’m proud of who I am
No more monsters, I can breathe again
And you said that I was done
Well, you were wrong and now the best is yet to come
‘Cause I can make it on my own, oh
And I don’t need you, I found a strength I’ve never known
I’ll bring thunder, I’ll bring rain, oh
When I’m finished, they won’t even know your name
You brought the flames and you put me through hell
I had to learn how to fight for myself
And we both know all the truth I could tell
I’ll just say this is “I wish you farewell”
I hope you’re somewhere prayin’, prayin’
I hope your soul is changin’, changin’
I hope you find your peace
Falling on your knees, prayin’
Ah sometimes, I pray for you at night, oh
Someday, maybe you’ll see the light
Whoa oh, oh, oh, some say, in life, you’re gonna get what you give
But some things only God can forgive
Yeah! (I hope you’re somewhere prayin’, prayin’)
I hope your soul is changin’, changin’
I hope you find your peace
Falling on your knees, prayin’
Songwriters: Kesha Rose Sebert / Ben Abraham / Ryan Lewis / Andrew Joslyn
Praying lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

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