Pop Singer Calls for Music Video Rating System, Decrying 'Porn' LA Times
A well-known pop singer is pushing for ratings for music videos, calling for a rating system along the lines of how movies are categorized, reports the Los Angeles Times' Show Tracker.
Annie Lennox, who made the comments in a BBC radio interview, also wrote on her Facebook page about her concerns regarding some envelope-pushing music videos.
"There is absolutely nothing 'wrong' about our sexuality or sensuality per se," Lennox wrote on her Facebook page. "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 'normalization' of explicit sex in under age entertainment."
While she didn't single out any particular performer, she may be inspired by Miley Cyrus' recent performance at MTV's VMAs, where she twerked and performed lewd gestures with a foam hand, the Times notes.
Lennox has sold more than 80 million records worldwide in her solo career and through her work as the lead singer of Eurythmics, known for hits including "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" and "Here Comes the Rain Again."
In another entry on her Facebook page, Lennox wrote: "I have to say that I'm disturbed and dismayed by the recent spate of overtly sexualized performances and videos. 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: "As long as there's booty to make money out of, it will be bought and sold. It's depressing to see how these performers are so eager to push this new level of low."