Should porn sites be advertised in music videos?

November 14, 2014

Due to the overwhelming amount of media attention that Redfoo has gained for creating such a sexist and degrading video – Literally, I can’t – this very important part of the video has been overlooked in the media’s conversations. This video promotes a porn site.

This would mean that Redfoo (as the video has been published under his own label) has received payment for using product placement to advertise and condone its exploration. In an on-air radio rant today (blaming bloggers and feminists for this ‘negative attention’ (that’s obviously come out of nowhere, right?), Redfoo was quoted as saying:

I have kids from everywhere, not just Australia, and they want to be like Redfoo. They love Redfoo and I love them. I love the families, I love everybody.

If this were true then he would want the kids to emulate – what – his love of porn? It’s. In. The. Video. Nothing can be argued against that.

Question #215: Should this video be taken down from YouTube?

I remember in the late 80s, Madonna’s video ‘Justify my Love’ was banned from being played on MTV. Does that mean that ‘Freedom of Expression’ was different then? I think not. Obviously, it was deemed inappropriate enough to censor it from the TV.

The Internet, however, has no limits or boundaries and as a parent and teacher, I feel an ever-growing despair at the dangerous sites that will surely cross paths with our developing youth. That’s just chance – this video, however, has advertised porn in a video that not only has a limitless audience on the Internet, it will be aired on normal music TV shows. In an article titled Internet Porn: an entirely new child’s game, it states:

Quite likely porn – internet porn – is the problem, not the solution. It likely originates a decade back, in childhood, and is likely a dysfunction not of the penis, but of the brain. Putting such a boy in front of porn is like giving your drug-addled kid heroin. We’re so messed up about children and sex. On the surface, an adult can barely photograph a child without suspicion of paedophilia and if children’s literature even mentions flirting or nudity it will face school-and-parent lockout. Yet in the real world every bus ad and TV soap is awash with meaningless sex and many children, especially boys, are hardcore internet porn regulars by third grade.

If you feel as I feel; that we need to make a statement about this particular betrayal on Redfoo’s part – and it IS a betrayal on so many levels, knowing how many young fans he has – then please sign my petition. If the general community feels that a moral and ethical (if not legal) line has not been crossed – so be it. I, on the other hand, will feel complete disillusionment with the direction we’re collectively taking as human beings. Please help me raise awareness of this white elephant that seems to have been massively overlooked.

>>> Sign Here <<<

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8 Responses to “Should porn sites be advertised in music videos?”

  1. […] example along with the issue of porn sites being advertised in music videos that I wrote about last week, are proven to be embedded in too many young children’s social and pop-world […]

  2. Paul Brown said

    I think that this is only becoming worse. Just yesterday, I saw a picture of Madonna fully topless in the newspaper. Why is a 56yo woman doing this? Because it’s the only way to get attention, which results in more sales. Sex sells, like it always has been and will be. Miley Cyrus, Lady gaga,…. they seem to go more extreme as time goes by.

    Porn is more mainstream than ever before. Not so long ago, there was a hollywood movie ‘Don Jon’ that was basically one big advertisement for pornhub/ http://theporndude.com/. Pornhub is also starting a record label and remember their big billboard on time square a few weeks ago?

    Only the government can forbid it, but as long as these companies have influence/big pockets, it’s only going to get worse.

    • So very depressing, isn’t it? Mainly for the world we’re shaping for our kids.
      The sad part is that it even isn’t ‘sex sells’ anymore because it’s only females we see saturating this market and the soundtrack for it is a female’s moan and voice, not a male’s.
      It’s a truly sad state of affairs.
      Thank you for your comment.

  3. sarah said

    Ayaiyai! I had no idea this is happening. So sad. Speaking of the “world we are shaping for our kids”, I often feel torn in my line of work. I coach a lot of young actors who either work in the entertainment industry or who are trying to break in. I want to encourage them to be great artists, not to just be the product Hollywood wants to turn them into. I worry especially about the young women who are looking for celebrity to give them a sense of self. You’re old at 25. Your agent wants to make a little girl forever, talk in your kid voice. Show some skin. And their parents are often the worst part! Thanks for your blog, happy to stumble on it.

    • Thanks Sarah.
      Well, I’m a Drama teacher and am in my students’ ears all the time.
      I’ve also started a business to go to schools and do media literacy workshops (and other things) with the kids and encourage them to be unique – not the narrow label being sold to them (as you say).
      Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

  4. sarah said

    Very interesting re: media literacy. So is the idea getting them to be able to think for themselves about the images they are seeing? Would love to have you do a guest video blog for my website sometime if you are interested!

    • Excatly that.
      My main ‘slogan’ is: The standard we walk past, is the standard we accept.’
      I want to awaken them from their comsumption coma and see that they have to break free from the labels that stifle them into thinking it’s ‘the way it is’.
      Would LOVE to – even though I’ve never done one. 😛

  5. sarah said

    cool! let’s keep in touch and connect after the holidays! and if you have any ideas for a topic in the meantime let me know and i’ll have a think as well. 🙂 teenactorslab at gmail

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