Annie Lennox Wants Ratings On Sexual Music Videos
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.08.2013
So kids don't watch them...
In an interview with the BBC, Annie Lennox said that there should be a ratings system for modern music videos, which she has called "dark" and "pornographic".
She said: "I'm all for freedom of expression, but this is clearly one step beyond, and it's clearly into the realm of porn. How do you stop your kids being exposed to it? It's so powerful. You don't want to see your seven-year-old girls twerking all over the place."
She previously wrote on Facebook that if a pop start created "a soft porn video or highly sexualized live performance, then it needs to qualify as such and be X-rated for adults only".
She said that pressure from parents could help set up "very clear boundaries" on what is acceptable for music video.
These comments add to the many that criticized MTV for airing Miley Cyrus' performance at the Video Music Awards, in which she grinded on Robin Thicke and made "suggestive" gestures with a foam finger. Along with the video for "Wrecking Ball", this caused Sinead O'Connor to write to Cyrus, warning her not to be exploited by the industry. Rihanna, Robin Thicke, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga have all been criticized in the past for risque performances and costumes.
Lennox didn't single anyone out, but mentioned a "recent spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos."
She told the BBC's Anna Foster: "I have nothing against these artists. I was never bashing them. There's nothing wrong with sexuality and sensuality and I think these artists are beautiful. And, in many ways, what they do is fantastic, but it needs to be age-appropriate. These guys have young fan bases and they are being barraged with it. I don't think there's one parent of young boys and girls in this country that would honestly, comfortably say they were fine with seeing their kids being exposed to that kind of thing. I think this debate is about getting the voice of reason back there to say 'look, we want to protect our kids.'"