Should Music Videos Receive Age Ratings?

artist: misc date: 10/08/2013 category: general music news
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Should Music Videos Receive Age Ratings?
The media has been afire with debates surrounding the sexualized content in music videos in recent weeks after the controversial new clips from the likes of Miley Cyrus and Rihanna. Now, in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, former Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox has called for Music Videos with sexual content to be censored in the same way as pornography: "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." The comment follows a statement that Lennox posted on Facebook earlier this week: “If a performing artist has an audience of impressionable young fans and they want to present a soft porn video or highly sexualised live performance, then it needs to qualify as such and be X rated for adults only. I'm talking from the perspective of the parents of those young fans. The whole thing is about their children's protection. Is it appropriate for seven year olds to be thrusting their pelvises like pole dancers? I really don't think so.

"Boundaries need to be put in place so that young kids aren't barraged by market forces exploiting the 'normalisation' of explicit sex in under age entertainment. That means - no audiences under 18. Simple! Well - not quite. The Internet has put paid to 'boundaries' and 'simple.'" But what do you think? Should we be questioning the sexualized content of music videos? Is censoring music videos with sexual content the answer to the problem? Let us know in the comments.
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