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    Child Abuse Protesters: Ban The Who from Super Bowl



    Child Abuse Protesters: Ban The Who from Super Bowl
    By JACQUI GODDARD

    Pressure groups in Florida are trying to ban British rock star Pete Townshend from playing at America's biggest sporting event because of his 2003 arrest for accessing child pornography.

    Child AbuseWatch is lobbying the National Football League (NFL) to drop the guitarist with The Who from the Super Bowl’s half-time show in Miami next February.

    Protect Our Children has asked immigration authorities to stop him from entering the US on the grounds of his “moral turpitude”.

    They said that the decision to hire Townshend showed a “blatant disregard” for American family values and was “a slap in the face to victims of child sexual abuse.”

    They warned the NFL that it risked a “breathtakingly ugly” public backlash.

    Townshend was cautioned by police and placed on the sex offenders register for five years after he admitted accessing child pornography online.

    Kevin Gillick, president of Protect Our Children, which works to bring awareness of child abuse, said, “People tune in from all over the world and they are going to get a British sex offender on their screen. Townshend taking the stage at the Super Bowl is offensive to victims. We are incensed.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    They warned the NFL that it risked a “breathtakingly ugly” public backlash.
    The only people who give a shit about that are these nutjobs. Honestly, whenever I hear The Who, the VERY LAST thing I think of is Townshend's issues.

    "breathtakingly ugly" public backlash? Right. The NFL is the most powerful medium in sports entertainment. A Super Bowl performance by a band with a guitarist who got booked for child porn six years ago isn't gonna hurt them, believe me.
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    Tell them Janet Jackson will be back instead, that should shut their mouths.
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    Exactly. ^
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    If whomever played couldn't have any previous "issues", who'd be left?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanHalenRules View Post
    Tell them Janet Jackson will be back instead, that should shut their mouths.
    Talk about child abuse!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel View Post
    who'd be left?
    Naturally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VanHalenRules View Post
    Tell them Janet Jackson will be back instead, that should shut their mouths.
    Yeah, or tell them Michael Jackson has been raised from the dead and he will be there.


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    interesting...so often on these boards I see a less-than-zero tolerance approach to people who have been involved or implicated in anything having to do with child abuse or pedos...
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    interesting...so often on these boards I see a less-than-zero tolerance approach to people who have been involved or implicated in anything having to do with child abuse or pedos...
    I was just going to comment on that. If this was another band without the accomplishments of The Who, I could see there being a much different backlash from the Linkers.

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    Child abuse is zero tolerance. I've often wondered why Townsend didn't get more of a fall out for this. Viewing child pornography makes one complicit in the abuse of children.

    I love the Who's music, but I might have to agree with these protesters. I might look into it further and I may boycott (no pun intended!) the Super Bowl myself if the evidence shows that Townsend is a scuzzy piece of shit.
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    As if Jaggar and Richards were the poster boys for good behavior from last year's Super Bowl appearance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brownnation View Post
    Child abuse is zero tolerance. I've often wondered why Townsend didn't get more of a fall out for this. Viewing child pornography makes one complicit in the abuse of children.

    I love the Who's music, but I might have to agree with these protesters. I might look into it further and I may boycott (no pun intended!) the Super Bowl myself if the evidence shows that Townsend is a scuzzy piece of shit.
    A place to start:

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive...ownshend1.html
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    i don't really understand the hostility against a group of people who's reason for being is protecting kids from being abused. Seems like kind of a silly reaction of some on here.

    I don't care who plays at the Super Bowl most years, this year will be no different. I understand why groups like these wouldn't be thrilled by the Who playing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZachenFoot View Post
    The only people who give a shit about that are these nutjobs. Honestly, whenever I hear The Who, the VERY LAST thing I think of is Townshend's issues.

    The guy is on the sex offender list for reasons connected to child porn. It takes a nutjob to have an issue with this?? You don't think they have a point???
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