Paedophilia in Music

It’s an ugly word, and if that accusation is smeared on someone, it is highly unlikely that they will ever work again, whether the claims are true and spread all over the front page with gruesome detail of the horrendous acts, or they are false, and the final media coverage is a small coverage of the trial at the bottom of page 7, too little, too late to make any difference to the alleged offender.
The Music Industry is more prone than others to sexualisation, and paedophilia charges are chillingly common among musicians.
In my time at a snobbily academic private school, the head of the music department was escorted away by the police and fired. For a long time no one knew what was going on but then it came out that he had sexually abused a pupil at the school. He was a highly intelligent man, too fond of drink, but he went from an adored pillar of the community to an outcast in mere days. His Predecessor at the post was fired for similar charges, and a dreadful trend emerges.
Anyone who has ever spent any time around a professional musician knows that the self-confidence and stage presence is undeniable, as if their charismatic stage persona is projected constantly. A reason for the current excess of paedophilia charges could be that it is only now that we are catching up with the atrocities of the seventies, when “Groupies,” were desperate for a chance to be with the band, regardless of their age, as to a certain extent they still are, as the more mature stars of then are able to accept their actions. The late Rock journalist Mick Farren described the scene of band members backstage at a disco as “running in semen and beer and unpleasantness” while they were “getting their dicks sucked by 13-year-olds under the table.”
Groupie worship can even stem to the extent that they defend the abusers despite evidence and even their own admission points to the claims being true, such as in the case of the bassist from Set It Off, Austin Kerr, who issued an apology a few days ago saying "The truth is I’ve made people feel uncomfortable and I’m sorry. I encourage everyone to read into things before they believe them or make judgements. In often cases a lack of proof means something."
Particularly troublesome are the modern artists aimed directly at young girls, for example One Direction. As a four year old obsessed with the Tweenies to the extent we saw them at Wembley Arena and demanded that my little sister be named Fizz (lengthened to Felicity by my patient parents) I can confirm first-hand how influential your role models are at an early age. How many eleven year old girls across the globe have a poster of Harry Styles in their room? The sexualisation of music is undeniable (http://muteprint.com/interviews/82/its-all-about-sex), and when someone’s entire career is built upon appealing to underage girls they are treading a dangerous line.
“Hey there little girl, come inside I’ve got some sweet things…” Croons Ben Phillips the male vocals of popular rock band The Pretty Reckless. The dangerous lyrics of “Sweet Things,” are about role playing the fantasy of paedophilia, a common fetish, only accentuated by “School Nights,” For the over eighteens, essentially a club set up for men and women dressed as school children, albeit with less clothing and more flesh than would be allowable in the most Ofsted condemned state school of west London.
Overall, when you have millions chanting your name and worshipping every auto tuned note you produce, it can be hard not to feel above the law, especially when the fans, too young to know the consequences and reality of intimacy, appear more than willing.
I realise that I should just be grateful that the Tweenies always taught me to be true to myself and be kind to others.
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