Age Inappropriate Art is when a teen/child either sings a song or has a skit or is involved in some other performance that could be considered not suitable for someone so young. Normally PlayedForLaughs. Subdivision of TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior. Compare AgeInappropriateDress, where a character is wearing something that doesn't fit their age. If it's an adult suggesting it, then it's CorruptionOfAMinor. See also FromTheMouthsOfBabes.

For when the child draws scary art, see NightmareFuelColoringBook.
!!Works with their own pages:
* ''AgeInappropriateArt/KidzBop''

!!Other examples:


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Happens in ''Manga/DetroitMetalCity'' when a fan of the band brings his underaged daughter to a concert, who happily begins singing some of the band's vilest songs after the concert in full view of the other fans (and the protagonist out of costume). The fans are elated. Negishi is horrified.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Australian version of ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' commented on this in its satire of ''Series/YoungTalentTime''. One of the performers announces that he is about to sing "The Lady is a Tramp", commenting that Music/FrankSinatra performed song when playing a womanizing nightclub owner in ''Film/PalJoey'' "so it should suit a callow fourteen year old right down to the ground". (This is somewhat mistaken: the lyrics don't use "tramp" in ''that'' sense, and the song was originally written not for ''Pal Joey'' but for one of the youngsters in ''Theatre/BabesInArms''.)

[[folder: Fanfic]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' fan fiction "[[ The 9th Grade Blues]]", Emily tries this and fails horribly. A few of the other kids, on the other hand...

[[folder: Film]]
* In ''Film/LittleMissSunshine'', Olive performs a striptease at a beauty pageant to the song "Super Freak", complete with moves her grandpa taught her for the routine. Everybody but her family, the possible-pedophile in the audience, and the actual beauty pageant winner acting as a judge is mortified by how it highlights the objectification of all the young girls.
* In ''{{Film/Rushmore}}'', one of the plays Max puts on at his high school is a stage adaptation of ''Serpico'', complete with gun-waving and bags of drugs.
%% * In-universe example: ''{{Hamlet 2}}''
* ''Film/DonnieDarko'': The local New Age Guru [=MCs=] an event where local elementary school girls perform pop songs en masse in heavy makeup and skimpy clothes. The parents love it. Turns out he's a pedophile.
* In ''Film/JerseyGirl'', the main character and his daughter have to do a scene from a musical at a school pageant. Everyone, ''everyone'' else does "Memory" from ''Theatre/{{Cats}}''. The scene they do? "God That's Good", the ''human meat-pie making song'' from ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''. The crowd's reaction is at least half the joke.
* In ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'', Uncle Fester helps the kids put together a wonderful example for a school talent show.
* ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'' has a song where many children (ranging from five to sixteen) sing about how the Catholic religion doesn't believe in artificial contraception, the title and chorus of the song being "Every Sperm is Sacred".
* In ''The End'', Wendell (Burt Reynolds) goes to see his daughter (Kristy [=MacNichol=]) at her school, or gym, and finds her entertaining her peers with a dance routine Wendell would think belongs here.
* The ''All I want for Christmas Is You'' performance from ''{{Film/Love Actually}}'' is dangerously close.
* ''Film/MeanGirls'':
** One of the scenes has Regina's kid sister dancing to "Milkshake" by Kelis.
** Several of the girls do a flirtatious dance to "Jingle Bell Rock"... at their high school talent contest.

[[folder: Literature]]
* In the sequel to ''Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet'', a few kids at Claudia Morgan's school sang "TheInternetIsForPorn" From ''Theatre/AvenueQ''.
* In ''Literature/JaneEyre'', Adele, Mr. Rochester's eight-year-old (or so) ward's "accomplishment" is the singing of a French song about a woman who has been betrayed by her lover, and plans to wear all her jewels and best clothes to the ball that night to show him how little she cares.
* ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'': Would-be child star Adore Loomis sings the raunchy blues song "Mama Don' Wan' No Peas" and has the moves to go with it.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': In ''Mockingjay'', when she was little, Katniss sang "The Hanging Tree" and didn't understand why it upset her mother so much that she banned it. Years later, she realized that the song is sung from the perspective of a dead man calling out to his lover to come join him in death, the implied theme being that a life of torture and separation from each other isn't worth living.
* In ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'', first book of ''Literature/TheKingkillerChronicle'', the young Kvothe picks up a nursery rhyme about a "Lady Lackless" that, upon second thought, turns out to be full of DoubleEntendre. His mother calls him on it, and he takes the lesson to heart. (Of course, there is also a WildMassGuess that his mother stepped in because [[spoiler:said Lady Lackless is either her sister or she herself]].)
* In the first ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' book, twelve-year-old Greg Heffley gets caught listening to his older brother's CD that is said to have a parental warning sticker on it.

[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* There was an episode of ''DanceFever'' where a girl of about 6 lip-synced and danced to {{Music/Madonna}}'s "Like a Virgin".
* A episode of ''Series/GroundedForLife'' featured the teenage daughter performing "Big Spender" at her [[ChristianityIsCatholic Catholic school]]'s talent show.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'':
** In one episode Michael and his niece Maeby are doing karaoke together and pick the first song on the playlist to sing. Unfortunately it is "Afternoon Delight", which has very suggestive lyrics, especially given Maebe's age, something Michael to his horror realizes just a bit too late. Latter, Michael's sister Lindsay and his son George Michael also sing the song together (they are interrupted before either of them can come to the same realization as Michael though).
** The side character Warden Gentiles is repeatedly seen through the series working on [[HerCodenameWasMarySue a screenplay based on his own experiences]]. In one episode, Gentiles decides to stage-test said screenplay by convincing his granddaughter's teacher to set it up as a school play. Of course, Gentiles never considers to tone down his script about running a prison, to hilarious results:
--->'''Boy Gentiles:''' I understand you've been causing problems.\\
'''Boy Inmate:''' Nobody sells any coke in this pen without daddy getting a taste.\\
'''Boy Gentiles:''' Beat him with a pillow case full of batteries!
* A lot of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' characters and sketches have had this over the decades it's been on the air. The third episode Creator/ScarlettJohansson hosted featured a sketch about up-and-coming child actresses (played by Johansson and feature player Vanessa Bayer) performing monologues and famous scenes from movies that aren't for children, such as ''Film/BrokebackMountain'', ''Film/TheColorPurple'', ''Film/AFewGoodMen'', and ''Film/OnTheWaterfront''.
* On ''Series/HeadOfTheClass'', the students were putting on a production of ''Theatre/{{Hair}}'' and a discussion of the NudeScene came up. Mr. Moore resolved it. First he said that "all the people who think we should do the nude scene stand over here, and all the people who don't think we should do the nude scene stand over here," [[AllWomenArePrudes thus separating the boys from the girls]]. Then he said, "OK, those of you who want the nude scene - get naked!" The boys then decided they didn't want to do the scene.
* Similarly, there's an off-screen performance of ''{{Theatre/Hair}}'' ("'Black Boys Are Delicious' was quite well-done!") and an on-screen performance of ''Salome'' by elementary school kids on ''Series/TwoGuysAGirlAndAPizzaPlace''.
* Children in talent contests are not unknown for doing this:
** On the Spanish version of ''Series/TheVoice Kids'', ''La Voz Kids'', a young girl sung "Cake By The Ocean", which is an IntercourseWithYou song (its chorus is a synonym for "sex on the beach").
** ''[[ Minipops]]'': How's this for a show concept? It's on a mainstream channel at teatime, and features the hit songs of recent years being sung by prepubescent children in costumes copied from the original artists and full makeup. Said hit songs include "Nine to Five" by Sheena Easton, in which the singer relates how hard her husband works, but then she's cooked him dinner and they have sex. British television, Creator/Channel4, early 1980s. In fact, it was cancelled after six episodes because of this.
* Several episodes of the current revival of ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'' centered around high school students preparing a production of the musical ''Theatre/SpringAwakening'', a play that includes a semi-explicit not-very-consensual love-making scene, masturbation, a gay kiss, a child-on-child beating scene, a parent-on-child beating scene, and a song all about incestual sexual abuse.
* One episode of ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' had Ned accidentally painting an orange naked lady in art class.
* All of ''Series/WonderShowzen''.
* ''Series/{{Tosh0}}'' came up with a novel way to get around [[MoralGuardians Standards and Practices]] and still show [[ShockSite Famous Awful]] Internet Porn Clips: [[ Disturbingly adorable reenactments with kids]].
-->'''Daniel Tosh:''' The great thing about doing this thing in Hollywood is that there is no shortage of awful parents who'll let their kids do anything for a SAG card.
* On one episode of ''Series/TheCosbyShow'', Rudy walked around singing along to a song with lyrics something like, "We're gonna do it all night long, I want you to do me". Cliff asks her if she knows what "it" is, and Rudy says that "it" is kissing and holding hands. Cliff decides to tell her that "it" means doing homework.
* On ''Series/{{Copper}}'', former pre-teen prostitute Annie sings a very inappropriate rendition of "Mary Had A Little Lamb", much to the horror of the woman who took her in.
* [[ One of the sketches from]] ''Series/TheWhitestKidsUKnow'' had a young kid by the name of Kevin showing his parents a simplistic but... rather phallic picture that he named Saggy Sammy. The parents are horrified, until he innocently clarifies that it's an elephant, to which they then see what he intended. After much debate, they let him post it on the refrigerator door for a party as long as he writes the word "ELEPHANT" on top of the paper. He then shows his parents a picture he made of a "Fairy Castle"...which is unmistakably a picture of a woman pleasuring herself, to which the parents angrily send him to his room for.
* On one episode of ''Series/BlackIsh'', Jack sings the uncensored version of "Gold Digger" for a school talent show. This leads to a discussion on NWordPrivileges.
* One episode of ''Series/GroundedForLife'' sees Sean fighting Lily's teacher because Lily and her friends want to perform "Hey Big Spender" (which is ''officially'' about taxi-dancing, but the lyrics suggest otherwise) for their Catholic-school talent show.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernanny}}'' episode, "The Amouri Family", it is revealed that 4-year-old Hayley listens to gangster rap on her mom's [=MP3=] player. When Jo finds out, this is one of the things she confronts the parents, Tamara and Michael, about.

* ''Music/KidzBop'' is a much-reviled album series of hit songs being sung by children. The songs chosen apparently weren't screened carefully beforehand, as they include Music/GreenDay's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", {{Music/Pink}}'s "Who Knew", Kevin Rudolf's "Let it Rock", and Music/FloRida's "Club Can't Handle Me", among others. In fact, there are so many of these that Kidz Bop has [[AgeInappropriateArt/KidzBop its own page]]. Some singers catch on to this, however. Pete Wentz from Music/FallOutBoy refused to greenlight a cover of "Dance Dance", due to it being inappropriate.
* Depending upon one's personal morality standards, there have been cases of under-18 singers performing songs about issues far beyond what some might consider a 14, 15, 16, etc. year-old to have knowledge or experience with. In recent years, such criticism has been leveled against performers such as Music/MileyCyrus and Music/BritneySpears, but similar complaints were aimed back in the 1960s at singers such as Annette Funicello and Lesley Gore, too.
* Unfortunately too common in VisualKei as a result of a confluence of factors: artist or fan parents often being outsiders to "normal" society anyway in some way or other, Japanese culture being ''far'' less likely to freak out about a kid saying something "dirty" or "inappropriate" or even sexual or violent and more likely to treat it as a joke, and fan or artist parents who want a kid to share the interest sometimes letting them be around people they shouldn't and see stuff they shouldn't too early. As a result, there are ''too'' many covers of Visual Kei songs most Westerners would freak out at even a 13 year old knowing if they knew the lyrics.
** One of the worst is the three year old covering "Rocket Dive" by [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]]. The song is primarily about IntercourseWithYou, including a description of climaxing onto someone's chest.
** Possibly in an attempt to avert this from happening (and make more money), some bands have released non-vocal instrumental tracks of "inappropriate" songs. Which works for those Visual artist and fan parents that have, say, a young guitarist or drummer or bassist. Not so much for those who want to show off their kid's vocal skills.
* Deliberately done in music videos for Music/TheShins and Serj Tankian: [[ A school pageant]] about Joan of Arc, Conquistadors, and [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty the Donner party]]; [[ kids playing at]] TheWarOnTerror, and one with little kids dressed as and lip-syncing Notorious BIG and Co.
* Music/SubwayToSally's ''Julia und die Räuber'', sung by a little girl:
-->Blut, Blut, Räuber saufen Blut
-->Raub und Mord und Überfall sind gut.
-->Hoch vom Galgen klingt es
-->Hoch vom Galgen klingt es
-->Raub und Mord und Überfall sind gut.
-->Blood, blood, bandits drink blood
-->Robbery and murder and ambushing are good
-->High from the gallows it rings
-->High from the gallows it rings
-->Robbery and murder and ambushing are good
* Chiaki Ishikawa's song "House" is about an adult looking back nostalgically at their carefree childhood. One of the verses is about singing and laughing at a song with their friends, despite not understanding half the words in it.
* The Music/{{Sia}} music videos to "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart" have run into controversy due to this trope. The dancing by itself isn't inappropriate (it's just interpretive dance), but the fact the dancer is doing it in skin-colored clothes is what caused people to think twice. The "Elastic Heart" video has it worst because it contains the girl in a cage with Shia [=LeBeouf=], who is shirtless and also wearing skin-colored shorts. It doesn't help the video is incredibly vague on what it's about. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Some interpret it]] as being about a daughter dealing with an addicted or depressed father, while others think it's about a single dad whose daughter is entering adolescence, but those are just unofficial interpretations.
* The video for Music/AlisonGold's "Shush Up" generated controversy due to how the then eleven year old singer was depicted in it. Gold was shown wearing full makeup and two skimpy metallic outfits consisting of crop tops and hot pants as well as platform boots with one. Gold also appears alongside male and female FanService dancers, is seen performing borderline inappropriate dance moves and there is a sequence implying her suicide by jumping from a building. Not to mention taking part in a jewel store robbery, being arrested at gun point and finally being executed in an electric chair. The entire train wreck can be seen [[ here]].
* Music/SergeGainsbourg sailed very close to the wind, even for laissez-faire 1980's France, with "Lemon Incest", a duet with his then twelve year old daughter [[Creator/CharlotteGainsbourg Charlotte]]. The video features the pair in close proximity on a large bed, with Serge [[ShirtlessScene shirtless]] and Charlotte in just a [[ShesGotLegs short sleeved shirt and underwear]]. At one point Charlotte performs a LegCling on her father. The [[ entire video]] just gives off extreme feelings of {{Squick}} and if anything the lyrics are even squickier, featuring lines such as "I love you more than anything, Daddy" and "Love that we will never do together, is the most beautiful."

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Subverted in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** When Calvin buys a record from a band whose songs "glorify depraved violence, mindless sex, and the deliberate abuse of dangerous drugs". When Hobbes predict Calvin's mom throwing a fit, Calvin tosses the record in the trash since that's the main reason he got it.
** Calvin asks his mother for mone so he can buy a Satan-worshiping, suicide-advocating metal album. She explains to him that they're OnlyInItForTheMoney, which is enough to put him off the idea.
--> '''Calvin's Mom:''' Calvin, the fact that these bands haven't killed themselves in ritual self-sacrifice shows that they're just in it for the money like everyone else. It's all for effect. If you want to shock and provoke, be sincere about it.
--> '''Calvin:''' Mainstream commercial nihilism can't be trusted?!

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Very possible in the ''VideoGame/TheIdolMaster'' franchise. The group of {{Idol Singer}}s the player manages includes girls from around 17 years old all the way down to 11 year olds, and some of the songs available to sing are definitely not suitable for the latter. Most infamous is the song "Agent Yoru o Yuku", which is about a male prostitute.
* Amy Rose's theme in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' changes her from a SmittenTeenageGirl to a HormoneAddledTeenager. The lyrics have a rather sensual tone to them that makes them sound like an IntercourseWithYou song, especially when the singer whispers lyrics like "Makes me want to be his speciality". Amy is only ''twelve''.

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* "Little Clarissa": Clarissa's teacher finds a drawing of [[ a wolf attacking a chipmunk]]. [[spoiler: It's Clarissa's way of expressing that her dad violently rapes her every night, and then the rest of her pictures become fearsome.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** Equius and his obsession with [[BiggerIsBetterInBed well-endowed]] [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom "muscle beast"]] paintings, which are [[ValuesDissonance considered classical art on his planet.]] Hes technically six solar sweeps old, the troll equivalent of 13 Earth years.
** Also, Dave's original comic was about sex, drugs and random violence. He was twelve at the time. His [[Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff subsequent project]] isn't much better.
* A very large number of things in ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}''...except it's not supposed to be a parody...
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', the eponymous sergeant at one point offers his likeness to a line of tie-in merchandise by Strohl Munitions (who make [[{{BFG}} his infamous plasma gun]]). This includes the ''Strohl Munitions Plasma Cannon Coloring Book''. Even Schlock recognizes something might be up with that. The marketing rep explains that [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing the text is all about how kids shouldn't play with plasma guns ]] while the ''paratext'' is all about how they should grow up so they can play with plasma guns.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* Website/TheOnion: [[,1883/ Second-Graders Wow Audience With School Production Of]] Theatre/{{Equus}}. The article doesn't say whether the infamous nude scene was performed.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' being ''South Park'' has done this for laughs a lot:
** Butters' song "What What (in the Butt)" to the Nativity scene with a graphic birth scene.
** When Cartman became a Christian Rock singer he had one GodIsLoveSong parody that was very sexual sounding.
** One of the best is Cartman doing a monologue from ''Film/{{Scarface|1983}}''.
** [[InnocentInnuendo Fingerbang]].
--> '''Stan''': Dude, what does 'Fingerbang' mean?
--> '''Cartman''': It's when you make a gun with your hands and go BANG, dude.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E8LisasPony Lisa's Pony]]" episode had one kid performing "My Ding-a-Ling" as part of a talent show. He got yanked off stage.
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E15CEDoh C.E. D'oh]]" had Homer/Marge's and Maggie's tapes switched, so the adults are listening to a lullaby, and Maggie dancing to a song called "Sex Bomb".
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E18DudeWheresMyRanch Dude, Where's My Ranch?]]", Marge comments that ever since the Simpsons started staying at the ranch, the kids are acting like teenagers, pointing out to Homer that Maggie is dancing to Music/BrittanySpears.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'': The episode "Helga's Parrot" has Helga write a poem about Arnold that contains the most blatant sexual reference in the series, and she's only nine years old! It also doesn't help that in the same episode she accidentally sees Arnold naked, [[TheModestOrgasm falls over and softly moans in a manner similar to an orgasm]].
-->"Arnold, my love, my sultry preteen. Why must I hold you only whilst I dream? Will I be forever enslaved by your spell? Why must I worship you and never ever tell? '''Arnold you make my girlhood tremble, my senses all go whacky'''. Someday I'll tell the world my love...Or my name's not Helga G. Pataki."
* ''Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'':
** The Chipettes (who [[VagueAge don't seem]] older than middle schoolers, but might even be as young as eight in ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'') are prone to this in combination with AgeInappropriateDress. They're also prone to doing somewhat risque dance moves. This was toned down heavily starting with the [[Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks CGI films]]. The most infamous song The Chipettes have sung is "Get Lucky" from ''WesternAnimation/TheChipmunkAdventure''. It's most likely about [[HaveAGayOldTime going on a date]], but the fact they sing it to a [[FreudWasRight bunch of snakes]] in BellyDancer clothing doesn't help the IntercourseWithYou implications. Another example was when they sung "Proud Mary"; their attire wasn't too inappropriate but their dancing was.
** While not too mature, both the Chipmunks and the Chipettes sing a lot of love songs that are more suited for older singers.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooStageFright'', the young Crissy sings a song at the talent show named "Homewrecker". It has lyrics which begin with "Stay away from my man, homewrecker/Nobody comes between me and my man" and is about how she will [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend beat up]] anyone who [[ClingyJealousGirl tries to get near her boyfriend]].
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has a few songs of this nature [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar get past the radar]]. One is "Gitchi Gitchi Goo", which has sexual sounding lyrics (the chorus literally contains the lyrics "Bow-chicka-bow-wow"). It was sung by the [[VagueAge ambiguously nine to thirteen]] Phineas and the teenage Candace. To make it worse, [[IncestSubtext they're siblings]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' episode, "[[Recap/TheLoudHouseS2E12PottyMouthLIsForLove Potty Mouth]]", it is revealed that Lisa likes rapping and dancing to songs not suitable for four-year-old children, and because she and her infant sister, Lily share a room, Lisa worries she might have been a bad influence on her. She attempts to be a good influence on her by rapping a [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Blarney the Dinosaur]] song.
* 8-year old Riley from ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' and [[ComicStrip/TheBoondocks its original comic]] is a huge fan of explicit rap songs.

[[folder: RealLife]]
* TruthInTelevision. Besides occurring throughout history, many kids from TheNineties and TheNoughties (2000s) sang some of the dirtier popular songs with their friends.
* One local music festival had a 14-year-old girl singing "When You're Good to Momma" from ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}''. ''Not'' okay.
* Music/CourtneyLove auditioned for the Mouseketeers when she was young. The issue was that she was reciting a Creator/SylviaPlath poem for her audition.
* The unsolved murder of Jon-Benet Ramsey put a harsh spotlight on the world of "Little Miss" pageants (see TLC's ''Series/ToddlersAndTiaras'') and the sexual undertones of putting preschool-age girls into costumes, hairstyles and makeup mimicking those of glitzy, often raunchy, grown-up stage performers.
* Many, many elementary schools have the choir sing "Seasons of Love" from {{Theatre/RENT}} at the end of the year. We pray that they never look up "La Vie Boheme". Or "Contact". Or "Out Tonight"...
* In a child-care situation, it's not uncommon to hear 5-year-olds singing pop songs, such as "Whistle" by Flo Rida.
* Korn guitarist Brain 'Head' Welch has said that hearing his young daughter singing their song A.D.I.D.A.S. (All Day I Dream About Sex) was one of the things that led to him leaving the band.
* In a more physical sense, due to developmental and bodily growth issues, it's ''strongly'' advised not to allow someone to begin drumming on a real kit or in some styles until ''at least'' 13-16. Someone who starts drumming "for real" earlier than this, especially at really fast speed or doing blast beats, is ''far'' more likely to injure a still-developing body ''and'' injure themselves more in later life as well. Despite this, and despite the drummers that have likely suffered the results of it, one can find ''too many'' child and preteen drummers doing ''exactly'' what they should ''not'' be doing in a quick browse of Youtube or similar.