Child Protection Groups Protest Pete Townshend Playing Super Bowl
December 28, 2009
U.S. (ChattahBox) – The NFL may be regretting securing ‘The Who’ to play their half-time show, now that child protection groups have begun to protest the entry of Pete Townshend into the country, citing his 2003 child porn arrest.
Townshend was arrested in 2003 after using his credit card to access a child pornography site. At the time, he claimed that he had been doing so for research purposes only, rather than any pedophilia leanings. While it seemed like a thin excuse at the time, and one often used by pedophiles to justify their collection of child porn, in this case it could have been true. There was no child porn found on his computer, or any evidence whatsoever to any illegal activities or interests involving minors, but he still had to register as a sex offender in the United Kingdom from 2003 to 2008, because of the credit card purchase. Even though he was able to provide a background, and then final work, of a small dissertation he was writing about child sexual abuse and pornography.
According to the project, an unnamed friend and actress committed suicide after admitting to years of sexual abuse by her father and a group of friends.
But the explanation doesn’t stop the fact that by Florida law all registered sex offenders that have been previously listed on a registry in another country (as Townsend was in 2003 – 2008 in Britain) must register if they come onto U.S. soil.
We will have to see what happens, but the NFL gets top dollar to run commercials during the Super Bowl, by sponsors who tend to get cold feet real fast when threats of boycotts emerge.