Think of the Children. No, Wait, Not Like That…

February 20th, 2011 § 0 comments

Ah, the rallying cry of those who hope to circumvent logic and plug directly into the brain’s ‘moral panic’ centre. It would be amusing if it weren’t so destructive. The latest victim is a comedian facing a potential 20 year child abuse sentence for editing a video to appear that he was singing a song with some sexual lyrics in front of a class of kids. The idiocy of classing a few ‘inappropriate’ lyrics as child abuse is compounded a thousand times over by the fact that the kids never even heard the words – it was spliced together in post production.

Now, I do think that the guy made a bad choice – he didn’t get informed permission from the parents for his use of the video, and they were understandably pissed off about that – but to pull him up on whatever overly broad charges might stick is an enormous abuse of the legal system and vastly devalues the convictions of those who have done genuine harm by classing them alongside a comedian who happened to make a poor judgement.

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