Cyndi Lauper took a moment to honor the 37th anniversary of her single “She Bop,” which caused controversy due to its themes about masturbation.
In a post to Instagram, Lauper wrote, “Most people didn’t get what ‘She Bop’ was about until much later, when I went on Dr. Ruth’s radio show. I was playing along with her, making believe I was in a psychiatrist’s office, but then everything I said was blown up later by the press. Suddenly #SheBop was on the Parents’ Music Resource Center’s #FilthyFifteen list of songs that they said should be banned, like ‘Let Me Put my Love Into You’ by AC/DC.”
Lauper continued, “I was so mad, because I had made sure that I never mentioned certain things so that little kids would never know. And then I was found out because of my big mouth. Now every kid knew what it was about, and it wasn’t supposed to be that way. Oh, c’est la vie. That’s French for ‘whatever.’ Anyway, happy 37 to my #scandalous song!”
Lauper’s tribute featured three video clips: The first was from the music video for “She Bop,” followed by a clip of Lauper singing an acoustic version of the track. The last clip was of iconic metal band GWAR covering the song.