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Same as it ever was

August 28, 2013

RollingStonesLogoDid I hear that a popular young singer’s suggestive act will corrupt children, entice teens into dangerous sex and illegal drugs, pave the way for radical politics, and endanger the Republic?

Well, yes I did. When I was young, quite a few social commentators and preachers, pretending to the wisdom of history, warned about the dangers of singers with a swiveling pelvis or lewd tongue. The young Mick Jagger had a sexual swagger that makes Thicke and Cyrus look like five-year olds play acting. That may be part of where the latter fell short, aesthetically. Young singers try new ways to be sexually suggestive because their young fans enjoy it, because there is a heady brew in that attention, and — least, but still an appeal — because it shocks the middle-aged blue noses.

Still, this is a learning opportunity for the young. In thirty or forty years, when their own children and grand-children are watching some new singer grind on stage, they should take it with some aplomb, and only laugh at any of their peers who find middle age an excuse for moral dudgeon. And laugh double, if any crank trots out that stale and silly comparison with Rome.

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  1. Laura permalink
    August 28, 2013 8:29 am

    Yep, I’m laughing at these stiff conservatives. I think they are jealous and nostalgic… why should younger people enjoy performances like Cyrus’s when they were too pure to enjoy it when they had the chance… and now regret it πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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