Annie Lennox calls for explicit music videos to be rated


The Eurythmics singer has entered into the debate surrounding explicit music videos, which has intensified in recent weeks. Both Miley Cyrus’ controversial VMA performance and Rihanna’s video for her new single ‘Pour It Up’ have faced widespread criticism for their use of content which Lennox describes as ‘highly styled pornography.’

The singer said she is ‘disturbed’ and ‘dismayed’ by overtly sexual music videos  and demanded that they should be rated in the same way as films order to prevent children from viewing inappropriate content. In a radio interview with BBC 5 Live she said: ‘These guys have got young fan bases… It’s depressing to see how these performers are so eager to push this new level of low.’

Lennox’s outcry comes only a few days after Sinead O’Connor posted an open letter to Miley Cyrus warning her about the dangers


of the music industry which ‘will prostitute [her].’ Both Cyrus and Rihanna have faced public outcry as a result of their recent offerings. Rihanna faced criticism after a risqué performance was broadcast on The X Factor before the watershed. The criticism faced by Rihanna has intensified following the release of her latest video, with some campaigners even urging YouTube to ban the video.


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