Annie Lennox: Record companies are “peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment”
The former Eurythmics singer’s attack comes as the row into the role of women in pop grows following a series of risque performances by stars such as Miley Cyrus and Rihanna.
“I have to say that I’m disturbed and dismayed by the recent spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos,” Lennox wrote on her Facebook page.
“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.”
The Aberdeen born singer’s remarks come after singer Sinead O’Connor wrote an emotional open letter to Miley Cyrus, whose notorious performance at last month’s VMA awards sparked worldwide outrage.
During her performance, 20-year-old Cyrus donned a nude latex bikini and gyrated against married singer Robin Thicke.
O’Connor said she was “extremely concerned” for Cyrus, adding “It is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent.”
Lennox continued to say she believed in freedom of speech and expression, but complained that 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,” she wrote. “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. [SIC]“
well shes pretty much spot on..the use of pop culture to degrade our society is fairly obvious..and skanks like miley think they are actually furthering the cause of female respect and female rights by doing it..the handlers have completely twisted the thought process around..all for the love of money..follow the money..