When Linda Fitzsimmons took her daughter Jessica to the opening show on Wednesday, she said that she was "shocked and suprised" by it. "I couldn't believe it. Jessica likes her songs and I'm okay with her listening to them. There's no swearing in them and she's too young to understand the hidden meaning", she said. "But if I tried to take her to an MA 15+ movie, someone would stop me at the counter. Why not with concerts?"
The promoter of the Lady Gaga concerts in Australia, Michael Coppel said that it's nearly impossible to put a classification on a concert and the responsibility lies with the parent. "It's hard to rate a show. What someone might see as risque differs from person to person," he said.
I disagree and agree with him. If you can classify a movie, why can't you classify a concert? Michael Coppel also said that he doubts if Australian concerts will ever carry a classification because most promoters don't see the show before they book it. Surely though, the classification can be added before tickets go on sale? Even if the promoter hasn't seen the full concert, surely they can get video recording of rehearsals and a run down on what elements the show is going to involve? It can't be that difficult, surely. I think classifying concerts is probably a good idea in the long run. CD's are classified if there's swearing so if the songs on the CD are going to be in the concert, there's a minimum classification right there.
I do agree with him however, that it is the parents responsibility. Obviously Linda Fitzsimmons has been living under a rock for the past year or so. If she realised that Lady Gaga's songs had hidden meanings, perhaps it would have been wise to do a quick google or YouTube search to get a bit of background on her?
"But if I tried to take her to an MA 15+ movie, someone would stop me at the counter. Why not with concerts?" Quite simply, if you turned up to a concert that you'd paid a few hundred dollars for tickets and they said "You can go inside, but your daughter has to stay out here", you'd be making a very different story to the Daily Telegraph and possibly every other news outlet.
What do you guys think? Should concerts carry a classification?
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