Moralists complain about Rihanna show

For all the great things about the USA, the power of the prurient family values lobby has to be one of the most depressing and dispiriting cultural phenomenons of the last 100 years: their version of morality, which comes straight out of the Baptist vision of Christianity, basically tells young people that sex is dirty and to be hidden away, and the less you talk about it the better.

So it should hardly be any surprise that the Parents Television Council (PTC) went mad over Rihanna and Britney Spears’ live, remixed version of ‘S&M’, which went out on live telly straight from the Billboard Awards show in Las Vegas. This is apparently a bad thing – for squares.

‘What happened in Vegas should have stayed in Vegas, as the saying goes. It certainly has no place at 8.00pm on the publicly-owned broadcast airwaves,’ moaned PTC president Tim Winter. ‘I cannot imagine what would possibly lead the ABC television network to air a profanity-laced, S&M sex show on primetime broadcast television.

‘The overtly-sexualised performance by Rihanna and Britney Spears was no accident or mishap, but a deliberate effort to target teens with images and lyrics that glamorise whips, chains and other sexual fantasies.’

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