When Annie Lennox speaks, many of us listen and that’s because she doesn’t prattle on, she doesn’t preach and what she says comes straight from the heart and is always something that needs to be said.

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Last week, Annie Lennox took on this current plague where certain labels have devalued music and created a pimp and prostitute relationship with their artists.

She mentioned being┬ádepressed to see performers eager to push this “new level of low” and worried about the influence and impact all this has on impressionable young fans. Yes, a new level of low, indeed.

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A decade ago, one could blame porn slithering into music on the glut of crass, tacky and exploitative music videos with Deep Throat imagery which was part of the nouveau riche world of the Hip Hop culture- gyrating ladies in hot pants, champagne bottles being uncorked between their legs and rappers swaggering into Clubs and treating women just as they rapped about- bitches and hos.

Forget about what Rap and Hip Hop has done to music- and, sorry, though a strong fan of Tupac, I don’t hear the bulk of this as art, but rather more as music companies signing up artists with no advance and having anyone able to record repetitive jive held together by the chorus from a real song that has managed to be cleared by publishing.

Some worked brilliantly, especially the work of Mr Eminem.

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One cannot, however, keep exploiting the same formula and turning this into some vapid battle of the “beatz” before it all becomes one very transparent business golden whore heavily pimped all those years ago by Def Jam under the “mentorship” of people like Lyor Cohen.

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Looking back, starting up Def Jam Japan was almost high parody, but, more seriously, like any joke gone wrong, it has spawned a number of offspring including crass reality shows which continue today and where love, sex, drugs and the whole damn thing is placed right out there and where Andy Warhol’s prediction has come true: In the future, everyone will have their 15 minutes of fame.

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The Kardashians lead the pack and, as reality has now finally proven, shows a faked out lifestyle by a dysfunctional family known for whining and Kim Kardashian “famous” for a supposedly “leaked” sex video.

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It was taking former BFF Paris Hilton’s One Night In Paris also “leaked” sex video “strategy” as the launching pad for the Kardashian Kulture which has been pimped by family matriarch Kris Jenner whose own marriage is the latest family marriage to fall apart.

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The question is how and why did this happen- marketing an illusion of a materialistic lifestyle by a family not famous for anything?

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Have many of us become resigned to the fact of accepting anything shoved our way as being true?

Have we stopped questioning and finding ways to protest against this onslaught of obscenity and tackiness?

Isn’t all this as sick and exploitative as beauty pageants for five year olds or watching the dramas of The Real Housewives of, well, name the state whose role in life seems to be to show that middle aged women can have sex after forty or fifty as in that gawdawful series called Cougar Town starring Courtney Cox.

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See how it’s all one domino effect and with what Annie Lennox so rightfully criticizes being part of the whole?

The current competition between young performers to be more outrageous than the other while a lost Justin Bieber walks around like a midget without a shirt on is a disaster waiting to happen.

How all this is taken in- add video games to the list- by young fans and how it might be translated in addled minds is what concerns me.

All the recent rampages where innocent people have been killed by a lone young gunman with twisted logic MUST come back to what they have been exposed to in their short lives.

I am certainly no saint and enjoy a full-on sex life without any regrets like any good sinner who, yes, Mark, has left a great deal of blood on the tracks after having the only woman I have loved divorce me.

Constantly making amends to her, and trying to right the wrongs I now see as a parent is part of this process.

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I am against censorship, but I also think Freedom Of Speech can be used by cowards as their Get Out Of Jail Free Card.

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This is where new laws MUST come into place- though none of the laws, so far, have had any effect- which means the most meaningful “laws” are the ones that start at home.

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