I wasn't allowed to watch any tv except what little my parents might have on, my mother didn't let me pick out my clothes, and my father would scream if the dial on the stereo had been moved off his classical station, so I never got to listen to anything else.
I And I felt weird. I felt like an outcast. I was the one who shouted out "McNeil-Lehrer Report" during tv tag.
And this contributed strongly to my self-esteem that was so low, I half-heartedly tried to kill myself (luckily it didn't work very well), and then later led me into doing drugs and all sorts of other things in order to feel like I "fit in" with a group.
I strongly believe that if one's child is forced (as they are in school) to be with children who are immersed in mainstream culture, and one's child expresses more than a passing interest in that culture, it is important for the parents to make sure they have that exposure, in a safe way. We don't watch these things, but if at any point it seems really important to either of my daughters, we will find a way. We wouldn't do it in a vacuum though; we would probably watch the shows or listen to the songs or whatever, with them. I already do make an effort to allow them to pick their own clothes, within reason. There are plenty of clothes out there which will feel trendy enough to a child concerned with that without beeing hoochy-koochie or whatever it was called.
My assumption is that if my children, who have been raised in a pretty crunchy atmosphere, want to try on popular culture and we allow them to and are right there with them, then they will eventually realize how unimportant it all is after all.
After safety, my children's sense of self-esteem is most important to me, and I will do whatever it takes to ensure that.[edited to finish sentence that never got finished, somehow]