UK Daily Mail
Aug 13, 2010
What was once rebellious is now mainstream and inescapable; what was once suggestive is now graphically explicit — and, most worryingly of all, it’s being aimed at a fan base that is getting younger and younger.
Mike Stock (one third of the legendary pop factory Stock, Aitken and Waterman) has publicly attacked pop culture for prematurely ‘sexualising’ today’s children. He believes it’s all gone too far: ‘These days you can’t watch modern stars — such as Britney Spears or Lady Gaga — with a two-year-old.
‘Now, 99 per cent of the charts is R&B and 99 per cent of that is pornography.’
If an ordinary person came out with a statement like that the critics would be quick to sneer about ‘moral panic’. If you dare to challenge the ‘anything goes’ conventions of our society you get dismissed as a prude.
But Stock is the man who launched the career of Kylie Minogue and has made his fortune from the business he’s condemning.
Bad Romance contains bondage and grotesque sexual violence; Paparazzi is particularly tasteless with its references to death and disability; while Alejandro is full of jackboots, bondage and menace — culminating in a hideous gang-attack/rape on a nun-type figure.
This article was posted: Friday, August 13, 2010 at 9:15 am