Annie Lennox, lead singer of the Eurythmics, is adding her voice to the growing chorus of criticism over young female pop stars who are engaging in highly sexualized performances. Annie Lennox took to Facebook Saturday to weigh in on the controversial current state of the music business, according to Radar Online on Oct. 6.
Annie stopped short of naming names, but said she's had it with female pop stars parading around nearly nude and gyrating on stage. In her post, Lennox implied Miley Cyrus and Rihanna were at the top of her list of transgressors. "You know the ones I'm talking about", she wrote.
Lennox wrote that she's, disturbed by the recent epidemic of overtly sexualized performances and videos. She added that it amounts to little more that highly-styled pornography with a musical accompaniment.
Annie made sure to make clear that she is all about freedom of expression, but admonished the new crop of young girl singers who seem to be pushing the envelope in an attempt to capitalize on how much money they can make off it.
"As long as there’s booty to make money out of, it will be bought and sold", Lenox wrote, adding, "It’s depressing to see how these performers are so eager to push this new level of low".
Lennox called the guilty parties out for assuming that as long they are the ones creating it, misogyny is okay. And justifying it through how many millions of dollars you make and YouTube hits you get equates to acting like both pimp and prostitute for yourself at the same time.
Annie finished her rant by calling all of it a monetized form of self harm. It seems like a similar rallying call heard last week from Irish singer Sinead O'Connor.
She wrote an open letter to Miley Cyrus warning her about being exploited by the music industry, and pimping herself out like a prostitute which sets a bad example for young women.
It's not likely all this criticism being heaped on the young female stars will have any impact, they're probably laughing all the way to the bank.