BIG BREAKING NEWS – MODEST IS HOTTEST? DELETED!: Christian musician deletes ‘Modest Is Hottest’ YouTube video after pushback [#MatthewWest #ModestIsHottest] 06/25
Christian musician Matthew West thought he was poking fun at overprotective dads with a new song “Modest Is Hottest.”
Instead, he stepped into a firestorm about evangelical purity culture.
The song, which he posted on his YouTube channel, featured lyrics like
“Modest is hottest, the latest fashion trend. It’s a little more Amish, a little less Kardashian,” and claims that boys really love “a turtleneck and a sensible pair of slacks.”
A video of the song showed Matthew West trying to cover up his teenage daughters, who greet his efforts with a series of eye rolls.
The lyrics also include a line about West grounding his daughters for wearing crop tops and a prayer asking God to make them “more like Jesus and less like Cardi B.”
Critics say the song — which gained attention during the recent Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting — promotes evangelical purity culture that blames women for the inappropriate actions of men and has been used to blame abuse survivors for tempting their abusers.
The video for the song has been removed from West’s YouTube channel.
The song itself can still be found on Spotify.
Matthew West wrote on Twitter after pulling the song:
“I’m blessed to be the father of two amazing girls. I wrote a song poking fun at myself for being an over-protective dad and my family thought it was funny. The song was created as satire, and I realize that some people did not receive it as intended. I’ve taken the feedback to heart. The last thing I want is to distract from the real reason I make music-: to spread a message of hope and love to the world.”
A well-known Christian songwriter and artist, Matthew West has been nominated several times for Grammys and has been named Billboard’s Christian songwriter of the year.
Matthew West played “Modest Is Hottest” at a lunch event during the SEND conference that preceded the SBC annual meeting.
His 2020 satirical song “Quarantine Life” has been played more than 2 million times on YouTube, and he said that he was trying to make fun of himself in the song.
— Matthew West (@matthew_west) June 25, 2021
Messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention’s recent annual meeting passed a resolution calling for anyone who commits sexual abuse to be permanently banned from ministry.
Christian musician Matthew West deletes ‘Modest Is Hottest’ YouTube video after pushback:
West said he was poking fun of over-protective dads. Critics say ‘Modest Is Hottest’ blaes women for men’s sexual misconduct and is a sign of harmful purity culture:
Religion News Service