Annie Lennox has spoken out against the sexual imagery of music videos, saying many are now “pornographic”. Talking to BBC Radio 5 Live, the former Eurythmics singer said: “I’m all for freedom of expression, but this is clearly one step beyond, and it’s clearly into the realm of porn.”
Lennox then took to Facebook, when she posted a critique of the current style of pop videos.
I have to say that I’m disturbed and dismayed by the recent spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos. You know the ones I’m talking about. It seems obvious that certain record companies are peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment. As if the tidal wave of sexualised imagery wasn’t already bombarding impressionable young girls enough..I believe in freedom of speech and expression, but the market forces don’t give a toss about the notion of boundaries. As long as there’s booty to make money out of, it will be bought and sold. It’s depressing to see how these performers are so eager to push this new level of low.Their assumption seems to be that misogyny- utilised and displayed through oneself is totally fine, as long as you are the one creating it. As if it’s all justified by how many millions of dollars and U tube hits you get from behaving like pimp and prostitute at the same time. It’s a glorified and monetized form of self harm.
She followed that with a clarification: “There is absolutely nothing ‘wrong’ about our sexuality or sensuality per se. But if a performing artist has an audience of impressionable young fans and they want to present a soft porn video or highly sexualised live performance, then it needs to qualify as such and be X-rated, for adults only. I’m talking from the perspective of the parents of those young fans. The whole thing is about their children’s protection … Boundaries need to be put in place so that young kids aren’t barraged by market forces exploiting the “normalisation” of explicit sex in underage entertainment.”