I agree that the 1st verse is cringe-inducing - you analyzed it perfectly. If the video didn't contain at least 2 clear images of male-on-female violence (it ends with a guy cracking a girl over the head with a stool, FFS!) - I might be swayed by the argument that the song is trying to 'shine a light on domestic violence', or something in that vein. The problem is no-one (the band, the promoters, the music press) seems to be even making that argument! It's chilling to think that this insidious message is sliding into pop culture on the back of a seemingly-upbeat, advertisment-ready little ditty that is now the biggest thing since Gagnam....Yickster: on Is “We are Young” by Fun about domestic violence?
Sad situation there! There's been some adoption brew haha here in the U.S. too, particularly calling into question evangelicals. Hopefully some good corrective stuff for the Church to chew on, as well as a continue re-affirmation and calling to the Church. Here's a short summary from Piper, along with 10 statements he believes should be made in response: http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/christian-adoption-disavowals-and-affirmationsJack Rose: on Making money out of abused and neglected children?