UK May Ban Raunchy Music Videos On TV Before 9 PM

Raunchy music videos would be banned from television until after 9 p.m., if UK politicians listen to a parents’ group that apparently did not appreciate Rihanna and Britney Spears‘ recent lingerie-clad pillow fight whilst singing high praises to S&M. The Mothers Union also wants advertisements that use sexuality to be banned from sites near schools, similar to alcohol and fast food ads. The group compiled a report on the “creeping sexualization of children” and hopes the UK government, which is stricter about regulating media than the United States, will crack down harder. One idea being floated is ratings like 15+ or 18+, similar to film ratings, for sexual content. The Mothers Union also wants to encourage stores to refuse to sell products that sexualize young girls, like toddler high-heels and tween padded bras.

I am thoroughly undecided about such ideas — philosophically I agree with all of them, but I don’t want to fall down the slippery slope of censorship. I’m also uncomfortable with the idea that displays of female sexuality (whether we think it is “empowering” or not) are harmful to children — because we know it’s raunchy pop stars like Katy Perry and The Pussycat Dolls who they’re going after here. Generally speaking, female pop stars are more likely to lead with their sexuality and therefore they’re the ones most likely to be affected if such a ban is enacted.

I do think that if adult sexual content in TV shows and movies is banned before 9 p.m. by the UK’s “watershed,” then it’s only fair it should be uniform and apply to music videos as well.

What do you think about banning sexy music videos before 9 p.m.? Do you think it should include violent music videos as well, like Rihanna’s “Man Down” vid in which she shoots her rapist? [Daily Mail UK]

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