Annie Lennox has jumped into the Miley fallout fray.
The British singer, 58, took to her Facebook page over the weekend to share her thoughts, saying she is “disturbed and dismayed” by the recent spate of overtly sexualized performances and videos.
She didn’t name Miley Cyrus or Rihanna or Britney Spears, but said, “You know the ones I’m talking about. It seems obvious that certain record companies are peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment.”
She added that she is all for freedom of “speech and expression” but market forces seem to be ignoring “the notion of boundaries. As long as there’s booty to make money out of, it will be bought and sold.”
Lennox adds that the artists are to blame, too.
“It’s depressing to see how these performers are so eager to push this new level of low.Their assumption seems to be that misogyny … displayed through oneself is totally fine, as long as you are the one creating it. As if it’s all justified by how many millions of dollars and U tube hits you get from behaving like pimp and prostitute at the same time. It’s a glorified and monetized form of self harm.”
She followed up with another post to say there’s “absolutely nothing ‘wrong’ about our sexuality or sensuality per se” but if an artist has “an audience of impressionable young fans and they want to present a soft porn video or highly sexualized live performance, then it needs to qualify as such and be X rated for adults only.”
She asks, “Is it appropriate for seven year olds to be thrusting their pelvises like pole dancers? I really don’t think so.”
Calling for “boundaried” to be put in place, she says young kids shouldn’t be barraged by market forces promoting the “normalization of explicit sex in under-age entertainment. That means – no audiences under 18. Simple! Well – not quite.”
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