Sunday 21 April 2019

Female singers need dignity: Mel C

Spice Girl Mel C thinks female pop stars should stop being overtly sexy
Spice Girl Mel C thinks female pop stars should stop being overtly sexy

Mel C has called on female pop stars to have "more dignity" and stop being so overtly sexual.

Chart-toppers such as Miley Cyrus and Rihanna have caused controversy in recent months with their explicit videos and stage performances and skimpy wardrobes.

Spice Girl Mel, 40, told Radio Times that her group just "wanted to look nice" when they were criticised for wearing crop tops, "but t oday's pop stars are about looking sexy".

"My five-year-old daughter loves Rihanna. But she has no idea what her idol looks like, because there is little footage of Rihanna that I'm happy for her to see," the singer, formerly known as Sporty Spice, said.

"It's a shame that a talented, successful woman expresses herself in such an overtly sexual way," she said of the Umbrella singer.

Mel C said that the problem did not "boil down" to one female singer exposing her flesh.

Unlike some of today's acts, the Spice Girls, who popularised the slogan "girl power", "weren't interested in pleasing men" and made positive music to empower girls and women, she said.

She adding: "There are some great artists out there, but sometimes we could just do with a bit more dignity."

Mel C told the magazine: "We need female artists to be authentic. Of course, a 20-something woman has feelings and experiences that she wants to express - but you also have to be mindful of your responsibility to young fans."

She added: "We need to have a bigger conversation about society's obsession with celebrity. It's vulgar and narcissistic and I worry about how it affects young girls."

The singer's comments come in the wake of growing concerns about sexual content in music videos, and with the launch of a pilot scheme to give raunchy videos shown online in the UK age ratings.

Chart-topping Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke, which featured naked models dancing, was one of the most high profile videos to raise eyebrows last year.

Artists such as Annie Lennox have condemned the "pornographic" content of some material presented to younger fans.

"I'm all for freedom of expression, but this is clearly one step beyond, and it's clearly into the realm of porn," Lennox has said.

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