Did you see Lady Gaga in concert? Were you accompanied by little people? Were you horrified when Lady Gaga told everyone to get their c**ks out? I really wish I’d been there but without my kids because that would have defeated the purpose of being out at a Lady Gaga concert.
If I wanted to go to a concert with my kids? I’d buy Wiggles tickets. Oh wait, I’ve been doing that for 12 years and counting.
Oh come on people, do we really need a ratings system for concerts? How about the fact THEY ONLY START AT 9PM? Is that maybe your first clue that it’s not a suitable place to take your 8-year-old daughter?
Ok wait, maybe I’m being harsh.
Let’s hear the background. News Ltd reports…..
BLOOD, sex, gore, eating disorders and so much more – all in a day’s work for singer Lady Gaga. But when her Australian tour kicked off this week, using elements of bulimia, binge drinking and expletives as props, the chaperoning parents in the audience were not dancing to the same beat as other fans.
They are asking why no Australian concert is obliged to carry a classification to warn them, say, that a woman in a G-string might ask a kid to “get their c. . k out”?
There has never been a body set up to regulate the material featured in live performances in this country or force them to disclose warnings.
In her Monster Ball show, Gaga takes the audience into a gothic Wizard Of Oz land, where a video of a model making herself vomit onto Gaga is shown on a film loop. “This is a place where you can be free. A place where all the freaks are outside and I locked the f. . .ing door,” Gaga said during her show.
“I couldn’t believe it. (Jessica) likes her songs and I’m OK 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?”
Promoter Michael Coppel said it is almost impossible to classify 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.
The Classification Review Board said it was not their area to comment on.
Mr Coppel said he doubted that Australian tours would ever carry classifications, because most promoters do not see the show before they book it.