Radio: The New Child Predator
Industry Ears ALERT
by Paul Porter and Lisa Fager
America has a problem. Broadcast radio has stepped to another new low. Virgin Record's promotion of the Bubba Sparxx new hip hop single, “Ms New Booty” proves that payola is a national problem. On-air Djs on both Top 40 and urban radio stations around the country are encouraging listeners to check out the website and the Ms New Booty contest. The contest requires female listeners to post their naked back sides online for a chance to win an appearance in the next Bubba Sparxx music video. The website asks, “Are you the Next New Booty?” And proudly and prominently promotes its partnership with “Girls Gone Wild.”
It’s important to acknowledge that Top 40 and urban radio stations are the #1 most listened to stations for children, tweens and teens. Radio station, after radio station continues to play this song, doubling the spins each week while they push their pornographic partnership to number one on Billboard charts.
Radio and Records are the new "Hustle and Flow." The only difference between them is that these gangsters never get in trouble. The government fails to arrest or acknowledge these corporate child predators. The Federal Communications Commission states, “It is illegal to broadcast sexually explicit content between 6am -10pm daily.” Meanwhile the "Ms. New Booty" contest is promoted on radio between the most listened to times for 12-17 year olds (6pm-10pm). The internet has pornographic websites, now radio stations that target the youngest demographic help and direct children straight to them.
Log onto www.msnewbooty.com take a look and see why radio and the recording industry have lost their minds. Virgin Record’s "Ms. New Booty" is another conduit to sex, pornography and misogyny aimed at children. We only hope when you get there you don’t find a daughter, niece, neighbor, or any other child's naked back side that you know. Or even worse we hope a child predator looking for their next victim doesn’t start corresponding with one of these unsuspecting girls who in some cases also posted her myspace web address.
Take action let the FCC Chairman Martin know that broadcasters attempts at "self-regulation" are not working. The safe haven the FCC set aside for public airwaves must be enforced between 6am-10pm. Help protect our children.
Freedom of speech does not relinquish corporate accountability or responsibility. Pornography is pornography. Give a child a chance to enjoy music and not become a potential victim.
Fines are not the answer, revoke broadcast licenses if broadcasters keep making the same mistakes over and over again. And ask FCC Chairman Martin to investigate allegations and evidence of payola around the country.
FCC Commissioner Kevin Martin at KJMWEB@fcc.gov
FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief at William.Davenport@FCC.gov