Wednesday 26 April 2017

Pop industry on descent into pornography, warns songwriter

Robert Dex

POP music is on "a slow but unmistakable descent into pornography", according to hit songwriter Mike Stock.

Stock, who was responsible for dozens of hits as part of Stock, Aitken and Waterman, put some of the blame on the rise of stars including Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

Earlier this month, the Bailey report, commissioned by the British government, was published recommending a series of steps to counter the sexualisation of young people.

It proposed that steamy pop videos should be restricted to older teens and later television slots, magazines featuring sexualised images should be covered up on shelves, and parents should be given more say in the TV watershed guidelines.

But Stock said attempts to strengthen the watershed were "irrelevant".

In an open letter to broadcasters and the watchdog Ofcom, he said: "With the BBC iPlayer and the internet as your platform, you can watch last night's TV at this morning's breakfast. Young people all know how to use these features.

He added: "It has been a slow, but unmistakable, descent into pornography."

Irish Independent

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