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What the hell is going on with the music industry these days? Did I miss a memo that said music videos are now three minute pornographic adverts?

There is a huge difference between embracing your sexuality, sexualisation and sex. Everything now looks like a scene from a porno. There appears to be a lot more skin on show and every video seems to be promoting the same image and the same message, sex sex sex.

It’s got to the point where I cannot let my child watch any music videos in fear of polluting his mind. Whilst I was writing this I was deciding whether or not to attach some example clips or links. I decided against it because I didnโ€™t think it was necessary, everybody knows the type of videos I am referring to. Additionally I did not want to inadvertently advertise or promote any of these atrocities so I have only used a few images to get my point across.

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Over the last two decades music and sex have become synonymous. The record companies keep pumping out garbage and people keep lapping it up like dogs around vomit. The quality of music has declined and the level of sex required to sell these talentless artists has increased. I donโ€™t even believe we have seen the worst. Record companies will continue to push the boundaries of decency and we will continue to allow them to.

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I recently took my six year old nephew to a birthday party, and the amount of young infant girlโ€™s twerking and simulating sex on the dance floor was uncomfortable to say the least. Some of the parents looked embarrassed but not concerned enough to stop them, and the others were actually proud of their children and encouraged them to carry on.

I asked one parent if she thought that type of dancing was appropriate. She said she didn’t, but the kids learn this stuff from the television so there is nothing she can do.

WTF do you mean there is nothing you can do! Change the channel Or Switch it off!

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People behave like just because these videos are not advertised with an 18 certificate they are powerless to stop their children watching it. That’s madness. I control my household and I am responsible for what a child will experience when they are in my house. The same way I would not let a child watch a horror movie or any other material that was not age appropriate.

Try and think back to when you were five years old. I am pretty sure that you were not watching anything like the rubbish we see today, so donโ€™t you think that your own children deserve better. The parents that try to make the argument that itโ€™s just music and they are just dancing, are seriously in denial and failing their responsibility as a parent.

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If you seriously want to get your children into music then teach them how to read and write music and play an instrument. Yes instruments, do you remember them? Also dance does not need to be limited to sexual simulation there are many different forms of dance, so donโ€™t talk rubbish to me. Itโ€™s because I can read, write and play music, which is why I am able to differentiate between good music and bad music.

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It’s not just the music videos either; the stage performances are just as bad, if not worst. I’ve seen images of parents cringing at concerts as they are forced to endure some teenage kid who’s far too young to be gyrating in their little daughters face, for over ninety minutes. I would argue that most stage performances these days are similar to what you would expect to see in a seedy strip club. If you wouldnโ€™t allow your child to enter a strip club then why are you inviting similar material into your home?

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I don’t think this is a case of me getting old or being out of touch with society. I am genuinely shocked at some of the footage that is allowed to be shown in the daytime for our childrenโ€™s entertainment, and I believe it will have damaging effects on them in the future. I was shocked and disappointed to read this week about the rise in children under the age of 10 being arrested for rape in this country, this cannot be ignored. Please click link for full story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/9687121/Children-as-young-as-10-arrested-for-rape.html

We are also experiencing a massive rise in paedophilia in England, every week more and more paedophiles appear to be coming out the woodwork. We have a responsibility as adults to protect children and to monitor what they are exposed to. In a future article I will be focusing on the sexualisation of children within todayโ€™s media, I do not believe it is unrelated to the rise in paedophiles and abuse on children.

The next time you find yourself watching filth on the television and thereโ€™s a child present, remember you are the responsible adult in the room so do your job and SWITCH IT OFF.

Sebastian Bowen.
The Fishtank Podcast.

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