Parents Protest Rihanna’s Billboard Awards Performance

by Ayvaunn Penn,

The Parent Television Council (PTC) is not very happy that the eyes and minds of wee ones across the nation were potentially scarred forever by the the racy “S&M” performance of Rihanna and Brittney Spears. The president of this organization, Tim Winter, released a statement concerning the performance in question saying:

“The song title alone reeks of the adult entertainment industry, and last night’s performance wasn’t far from it. What happened in Vegas should have stayed in Vegas, as the saying goes. It certainly has no place at 8:00 pm on the publicly-owned broadcast airwaves.”

PTC asks its members to voice their concerns to parent company Disney about the spicy opening act they consider too hot for the taste buds of America’s children. Winters shared with The Hill that this year the goal of PTC is to protect children watching broadcast television during prime time. Addressing this latest incident, Winters explicitly states:

“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 sexualized performance by Rihanna and Britney Spears was no accident or mishap, but a deliberate effort to target teens with images and lyrics that that glamorize whips, chains and other sexual fetishes.”

Winter also says PTC plans to take this outcry one step further. They will contact ABC-Disney and advertisers – Chevrolet, Old Navy and McDonald’s – to inquire of them whether or not they believe Rihanna and Brittney’s performance accurately reflects their corporate image. Some people commend their efforts. Others believe they are over reacting – that they can’t be everybody’s mama and daddy. Look at it however you want, but with sex functioning as America’s centripetal force, PTC has an infinitely tall mound of work ahead of them.

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