For the first and hopefully last time, consumption of child pornography was one of the topics at an official NFL Super Bowl press conference. Yesterday The Who, along with Carrie Underwood and Queen Latifah, met the media to take questions about their Super Bowl halftime performance on Sunday.
As documented previously, Who guitarist Pete Townshend is a previously registered sex offender in England who has admitted to visiting a kiddie porn website in 2003. Townshend’s defense for the visit to police at the time was that he was doing “research.” In a plea bargain with authorities, Townshend later agreed to have his name added to the country’s official list of sex offenders.
Child advocacy groups have protested Townshend’s appearance at the Super Bowl since it was announced that he’d be playing the event. Yesterday Townshend was asked at his official NFL Super Bowl press conference about his “issue in England” and the“concerns” over him playing Super Bowl halftime.
As you might expect, Townshend wasn’t exactly thrilled with the question.
Jose Lambiet of the PALM BEACH POST reports:
The homes and schools close to Dolphins Stadium are receiving “sex offender advisory” postcards this week warning residents to watch out for The Who’s Pete Townshend, who’ll be performing at halftime of Super Bowl XLIV.
By next week, 1,500 homes will have received the postcard sent by the Brevard County-based Protect Our Children. The non-profit acts as a community watchdog when it comes to sex offenders and sends similar cards to Melbourne residents where known pedophiles live.
Earlier I reported that the 63-year-old guitarist had previously registered as a sex offender in England after admitting to visiting a kiddie porn website.
The Who is scheduled to gig at the 2010 Super Bowl in Miami and Jose Lambiet of the PALM BEACH POST reports that three Florida child abuse groups are already calling for the NFL and U.S. immigration officials to stop Pete Townshend, a former registered sex offender in the U.K., from performing at the game.
In 2003 Townshend was investigated by U.K. police after he was caught visiting a website that featured child pornography. He was later cleared, but forced to register as a sex offender for five years. TheSmokingGun.com reports that, “at the time of his arrest, Townshend admitted using his credit card to visit a web site offering child porn, but told cops he was just conducting research.”
TSG also notes that Townshend once wrote on his website the following: “The pathway to ‘free’ paedophilic imagery is–as it were–laid out like a free line of cocaine at a decadent cocktail party: only the strong willed or terminally uncurious can resist.”
The NFL did officially respond to one of the groups, Child Abusewatch. Read more…