A friend and her 13-year-old daughter are debating whether concerts should have a rating system or warnings like albums, video games and movies.
The Daily Beast looked specifically at Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz tour.
“Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz tour kicked off in Vancouver on Valentine’s Day. While critical reviews have been mixed, there is universal consensus that the 21-year-old pop star’s biggest tour to date is pushing the boundaries of age appropriateness. Between skin-laden video montages, mocking oral sex on a man in a Bill Clinton mask, on-stage masturbation, and grinding with her back-up singers, it’s a tween parent’s worst nightmare.
“In response to that bad trip, parents are walking out of the show, 9-year-olds in tow, flooding Cyrus’s record company with complaints and calling for the entire tour to be cancelled. While that is not likely to happen, her record label and tour staff have been discussing ways to tone the show down. If they’re not able to rein in Miley, it’s possible that the Bangerz tour could be the catalyst for a concert-rating system, similar to what exists for albums, movies and video games….
“While it’s fair to ask how any parent buying Miley Cyrus tickets wasn’t aware of the less-than-innocent headlines she’s been generating over the last six month, it’s clear that some did not. In the age of multimedia overexposure, such cluelessness makes clear that the burden of notification rest with the maker of media, not the consumer.”
The article argues that concerts are now completely choreographed now and promoters could tell parents exactly what to expect.
The article also points out that a bad rating for an album just actually ensured that it sold more. It wasn’t death knell by any stretch of the imagination.
So should parents just know if a concert is going to be too sexy? Should concerts have a ratings system so parents can decide if they want their tween/teen exposed to simulated oral sex? Is it buyer beware or should the burden of notification be on the artists/promoters of the concerts?