Rock stars are rarely controversial for acting like rock stars. A decadent lifestyle of sex, drugs, and alcohol abuse are the expected menu. In our upside-down popular culture, rock stars create controversy only when they advocate an alternative lifestyle – when they wear purity rings and abstain from sex until marriage.
Some dream of being rock stars just for the selfish fantasy of organizing an assembly line of casual sex partners. In the minds of those with no moral brake on their sex drive, rock stars favoring abstinence are wasting a national resource, akin to monks pledging a vow of poverty while living inside a gold mine.
Last September, the Disney-boosted teen rockers known as the Jonas Brothers were a rich target for mockery at the MTV Video Music Awards for their purity rings. The emcee, a British comedian named Russell Brand, sneered that the Jonas Brothers were “a little bit ungrateful because they could have sex with any woman they want. That is like Superman deciding not to fly and go everywhere on a bus.” Tee-hee, and all that.
Six months later, the sleazy Comedy Central cartoon “
But before we get to that treat, there's this. On March 14, just three days after “
Take that, MTV.
Brand, who had giggled in front of MTV's spotlights at anyone who'd tell a teenager that sex can wait, spent time in rehab for sex addiction. He told NPR that he was brought up by a sickly single mother, and his father was nothing but dysfunctional: “Yeah, when I was a teenager, I went to the
By contrast, the Jonas Brothers have a father who is a Christian minister. But in today's culture, fathers who teach their sons to love their religious faith and to restrain themselves are setting their boys up for massive ridicule. Fathers who would take their teenagers to Asian brothels as a “manner of communicating” are apparently the role models for Comedy Central and MTV. There is certainly no laughing at the end result of that road.
But for Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the perennial ninth graders behind “
Our “heroes” from South Park eventually exposed Mickey Mouse and his plot, turning up the microphone at the concert hall as Mickey sneered backstage that he makes money when little girls are sexually aroused, and “little girls are f—ing stupid. The purity rings make it okay for me to do whatever I want! Even the Christians are too f—ing stupid to figure out I'm selling sex to their daughters. I've made billions off Christian ignorance for decades now. And do you know why? Because Christians are retarded. They believe in a talking dead guy.”
Since Mickey was defeated, “
L. Brent Bozell is Founder and President of the Media Research Center.