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confusing kids with naked untruths, by Justin Vallejo
- 23rd September 2006
(Credit: The Daily Telegraph)
have every right to be concerned about the sexually
explicit images their children are seeing on TV music
shows every Saturday morning, writes JUSTIN VALLEJO
in feigned ecstasy, Paris Hilton arches her back and
pouts her lips as she cavorts with her male co-star
on a deserted beach.
few will admit it, many have seen or heard about the
heiress's notorious sex video. Now, so can our children
-- every Saturday morning.
way you spin it, the music video accompanying Hilton's
debut single Stars Are Blind is a racy piece of marketing.
such, some child behavioural experts believe the provocative
images of Hilton, clad in a barely-there leopard skin
bikini, are leaving young boys with a warped sense
also argue the scenes are inspiring young girls to
dress and act older than their years, placing them
at risk of becoming the target of paedophiles.
Saturday Daily Telegraph investigation of Channel
10's top-rating Video Hits program revealed at least
one in five of the music clips recently shown contained
images and references that could be deemed offensive,
calling into question the program's PG rating.
the clip Me & U, shown at 10.14am last Saturday,
artist Cassie pours cold water over her breasts, presumably
after ``thinking about what I wanna do with you'',
which she sings is to ``love you all the way down
... just where you like it''.
seductive dance moves are more suited to seedy strip
clubs than in family homes.
Hilton leaves nothing to the imagination, promising
in Stars Are Blind to ``make it nice and naughty''.
10 has attempted to fall in line with community expectations
by this month launching the G-rated Video Hits First,
which runs from 9am before the PG-rated Video Hits.
Channel 10 spokeswoman said the new program was created
because ``two distinct audiences had developed'' for
Saturday morning music videos.
said expert classifiers carefully reviewed and edited
each video to comply with the industry's code of practice,
which excluded explicit scenes and nudity.
even the new G-rated edition still features suggestive
videos by the likes of The Pussycat Dolls, a burlesque
Michael Grose, a child behavioural expert who runs
parenting seminars, believes the proliferation of
sexual imagery via early-morning programs is contributing
to an alarming trend of girls prematurely reaching
of these images could be considered soft porn and
we see it adding to the normalising of and the breaking
down of sexual behaviour,'' he said.
girls are picking up the message to be older than
shows that less than 50 per cent of kids will get
sexuality education from an adult. And that is not
just about the plumbing but also about relationships.''
has been at least one on-air attempt to keep the lurid
content to a minimum. Last week's guest presenter
Natalie Bassingthwaighte, who fronts the rock band
Rogue Traders, told her co-host James Ash to tone
down the adult references.
show is for children as well,'' she said.
Australian Family Association's NSW president Mary-Louise
Fowler said she had seen the results of the program
first-hand after witnessing her five-year-old niece
copying dance steps she'd seen.
was horrified ... they were very provocative moves
obviously copied off these shows,'' she said. ``She
had no idea what she was doing but everyone around
that did understand was embarrassed for her.
destroys their innocence because they will be looked
upon by others with impure eyes.''
the week after the infamous Big Brother ``turkey slap''
incident earlier this year, Communications Minister
Helen Coonan announced that the code of practice governing
television classifications would be reviewed next
Government felt the need to determine whether the
codes continue to be relevant as television programs
evolve,'' a spokeswoman for the minister said yesterday.
decade ago the National Council of Women resolved
to lobby the Howard Government to commit to tightening
the systems monitoring the way women are portrayed
in music videos.
member Julia Biles said they were still waiting for
a change and would place the issue back on the agenda
at their annual conference next month.