The Midnight Beast Promote Birth Control To Teens: But Is Their Video Too Rude?

12/05/2011 23:46 | Updated 22 May 2015

The Midnight BeastIf you have a young teen, chances are they will have already sniggered over and shared at least one of The Midnight Beast's massive YouTube hits. The North London trio's YouTube parody of Ke$ha's Tik Tok has been watched over 10 million times and their idiotic Inbetweener style jokes are all the rage.

So if you want to promote birth control to teens, who better to link up with? Well yes and no. Yes, this video - Don't Lose Ya Head when You Go to Bed - is going to be a sure-fire hit with the target audience.

But if you're over 15 and, well, a worried parent trying to encourage your kids to think about safe and considerate and even (not fashionable I know but) loving sex when they do get to it (18 and upwards is just fine by me!), then you'll probably hate this video.

A line like 'as a rule of thumb one up the bum and you won't be a mum' is not one I really want sung out throughout my home. Nor do I really want to be talking anal sex as a method of birth control. See the video below.

The video is a collaboration with the birth control charity Marie Stopes International and ends with the message advising those who don't trust Midnight Beast for their birth control advice to click on to The wince-making name turns out to stand for long-acting reversible contraceptives (who knew?) implants, coils and the like. Not really much of a lark.

All very well for a teen who doesn't want to get pregnant. But what about safe sex? What about the avoidance of sexually transmitted diseases? There is a message on the website saying these contraceptive choices should always be used with a condom, but it's a little message compared to the big banners for other contraception.

Mind you on the video, they are prancing around with bananas, condoms and blow-up dolls so maybe the message will seep through.

Marie Stopes International have defended the video, saying it raised awareness of condoms and contraception in 'a fun way'.

It added: 'This tongue-in-cheek approach leads young people to a website with all the information and contact details they need to make informed lifestyle choices.' Maybe they're right. What do you think?

Is it important to get the message across about to our possibly sexually active teens in whatever way possible?

Or do you despair?


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