The Music Video, Soft Porn And As It Relates To Our Children

While we were busy bycotting channels and passwording anything remotely unsuitable for our children’s young eyes and ears, did anyone think to shut down the music channel?  No, me neither.

By no means a prude, some of the ‘uncut’ license I see being granted though in the name of the Music Video is nothing short of pornographic.  ‘Sex sells’ as a mantra has been embraced wholeheartedly and shows no sign of waning.

The point is taken that some of these artists protest they are not, and do not seek to be, role models for any generation.  Is it not, then, disingenuous to land yourself on the market as ‘G’ rated, hook your followers to one brand and then turn ‘R’ rated on the young children whose pocket money got you your fame in the first place?

As young artists themselves grow up, risqué one could perhaps understand, but what I have seen lately has gone far beyond risqué.  This is the sort of stuff you had to jump really high to even get a glimpse of at a Newsagent magazine rack.  The sort of material that had to be carried out in a brown paper bag for a very good reason.

 Because it was unsuitable for anyone other than ADULTS.

Madonna, Cher and Kylie of the silver hot pants?  Sit down Grandma’s.  Unless you are happy in your advanced years to do unseemly things with a pole, a whip, a lap and lubricant your 15 minutes is well and truly over.

 Which of course begs the question.  Hasn’t it always been thus?

 No.

 I do not remember turning on a music channel to be presented with lewd gyrations front and centre of a camera; where the music was incidental to the self-flagellation some artists are allowed to get away with today.  ‘Suggestive’ of the bygone music video has been thoroughly bypassed for ramming sex and violence forcibly down the viewing public’s throat.

 How on earth do you begin explaining S&M to a young child not old enough to understand that M&Ms eaten in too great a quantity will result in a tummy ache?  And why the hell should you have to?

 It is, of course, win-win for these artists and their marketing machines when there is a ‘public outcry’ since the other mantra taken firmly to heart is that ‘any publicity is good publicity’.  The banning, the Government intervention, the boycotting of concerts serve only to keep interest piqued and the coffers flowing.

 Maybe the only way these ‘artists' will sit up and take notice is if the real buying power in the house exercises that power.  Sends a firm ‘no’ back to the recording studios.  Not with loud and flashy interventions, but with a silent and firm closing of their own household coffers.

 The simple message that we, as parents, are not buying it.

 HMS HerMelness Speaks

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