Should The Who (and Pete Townsend) be allowed to perform at the Super Bowl

Discussion in 'Celebrity and Entertainment News' started by Wise Old Owl, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. Wise Old Owl

    Wise Old Owl Retired WS Staff & Founding member of AFKBPOFPOPL

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    Wasn't sure where this story belonged, here or in the Parking Lot - mods please move if appropriate.

    In a nutshell:

    Some group is trying to not only ban The Who from their Super Bowl performance but to not allow Pete Townsend into the country at all. It stems back to an investigation a few years back with Townsend and online child porn.

    Now, I haven't done enough research to form my own opinion yet - however, Townsend was never charged and everything was dropped. For what that is worth.

    Here's the article:

    Ban the WHO's Pete Townshend from the Super Bowl?

    > Posted by Barbara Hijek on December 28, 2009 11:25 AM
    What???

    No Pete at the Super Bowl on Feb. 7?

    The Who is supposed to headline, but Pete Townshend, one of the rowdy rockers, has caused a problem.

    In 2003, he was arrested in London on charges of suspicion of possessing child pornography.
    At the time he issued a statement saying he'd paid to enter an Internet site advertising child pornography "purely to see what was there" as research to fight the crime. He was cleared of possessing pornographic images of children but still was placed on a national register of sex offenders in England.


    http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/new...g/2009/12/should_the_whos_pete_townshend.html


    I look forward to the respectful discussion I know all our sleuthers will have.
     
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  3. Linda7NJ

    Linda7NJ New Member

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    He's a crime fighter in his spare time?

    :waitasec:

    Sounds like a self serving statement

    Sounds to me like some sort of plea agreement was made..............
     
  4. lizzybeth

    lizzybeth Active Member

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    I remember when this happened. I always felt like it was a poor excuse for having child porn on your computer.

    I'm not sure how I feel about The Who performing at the Super Bowl.
     
  5. zoomom

    zoomom Love, Chaos, & Supper

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    DA**IT!!!!! I love the Who. But in my mind I just can't get past those charges.
     
  6. shannon2008

    shannon2008 New Member

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    If I remember correctly, at the time of the occurrence he also stated that he was writing a book which included admission of the abuse he suffered as a child at the hands of someone he knew (maybe a relative).

    He very well could have been doing some sort of research so he could write something logical about the progression of child abuse from his time to modern times. We don't know.

    What we do know is that he hasn't done anything since. And given that and his extensive charity work (including Amnesty International), I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt this time and chalk it up to a very, extremely dumb idea for book research.

     
  7. Gypsy Road

    Gypsy Road New Member

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    He clicked on the site to see what was there? Huh? Maybe he was doing research for his book. I really don't know what to think - whatever his excuse. Well...I just hope we don't get fooled again....
     
  8. arielilane

    arielilane Justice for Morgan

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    LOL Gypsy...good one! Let settle it and invite U2 to play [​IMG]
     
  9. Laece

    Laece Bring it on down to Omelette-ville-ahhh!

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    Interesting that this should come up so recently. Myself and quite a few fellow WS members just today were checking out a questionable website to see it should be reported.

    I'd be pretty annoyed and insulted if someone was accusing/charging me with child pornography related crimes when I really do have a perfectly good reason for checking out this site. Not to mention the fact that it makes me personally ill and would be horrified if people thought I would look at it for my own enjoyment.

    I guess I'm not sure what to think about this.
     
  10. believe09

    believe09 Active Member

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    NNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. JMO. I think you should add a poll.
     
  11. Gypsy Road

    Gypsy Road New Member

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    yay!!
     
  12. Isabella

    Isabella Thank you! Justice for Meredith!

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    To be honest i dont get that at all. I am English and i dont understand if he was found to be not guilty of anything why he was placed on the Sex Offenders List. That generally happens after a conviction and to be put on there...would indicate they thought he had done something to deserve to be on there.


    By the way because someone does a lot of charity work it doesnt mean they cant be involved in anything dodgy. Ie look at Gary Glitter ( if you guys know who he is).

    Also even IF you are writing a book like there..there is really no need to join that site and look at little kids.
     
  13. believe09

    believe09 Active Member

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    Why were you guys doing this and not just reporting it to Innocent Images at the FBI? What if all of your IP's have been captured because LE is looking at it already???:waitasec:
     
  14. Laece

    Laece Bring it on down to Omelette-ville-ahhh!

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    We weren't really sure whether it should be reported, where it would be reported, if it was fake/fantasy site, etc. And if LE is already looking at it, they can clearly see some of the IPs match those that are doing the reporting. Or they can be directed to our conversations on this site about that thread, which also included our discussions regarding WHY we were checking out/reporting the site, and also involved moderators directing us as to what we should do. Shouldn't be that difficult. We aren't all a bunch of perverts, we were trying to do the right thing. I'm sure this has happened to other people, too. Hence the nature of this thread.
     
  15. Isabella

    Isabella Thank you! Justice for Meredith!

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    However Townsend paid to join the site where these images were at. He didnt just happen to stumble on a picture. He actually became of a member of a porn site despicting pictures of kids :(
     
  16. Isabella

    Isabella Thank you! Justice for Meredith!

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    It wasnt a case of just clicking on the site. He actually joined to become a member and paid to do so..
     
  17. Morag

    Morag Active Member

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    Then they will never be invited to appear at the Super Bowl!
    "Laece and the Sleuthers"?
     
  18. Isabella

    Isabella Thank you! Justice for Meredith!

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    On reading up some more about this to refresh my memory Townshend was given a police caution for paying to join a site that had pictures of children being abused and was put on the sex register at the same time as being given the caution.

    Being put on the Sex register would stop him being allowed to work in a lot of different jobs here OR with children. Personally i dont think someone on the register should be able to perform at the Super Bowl but..im not American so...


    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article78212.ece
     
  19. Filly

    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    No, they're British. They have their own football.
     
  20. Linda7NJ

    Linda7NJ New Member

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    Well, I'm American and happen to agree. No, he shouldn't preform.
     
  21. believe09

    believe09 Active Member

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    I wasnt picking on people doing research, but there are all kinds of ways to do research imo that do not involve getting too deep into a fantasy/fake/possibly child porn site. Just a word of caution that is all.

    O/T but a sleuther here discovered a missing child on a social networking site and a google search of the name brought up a porn site. The links were sufficient to send to Innocent Images-the sleuther did not do any further research as she might have been participating, albeit unwittingly, in the exploitation.

    In this case, Townsend joined a site that was known to carry images of children being raped. Period. He used his own credit card. He presented a number of reasons for doing it which are, imo, immaterial. Simply paying for the site was encouragement for the monsters who broadcast this material to continue doing it. Again JMO.
     

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