Friday, January 1, 2010

Pete Townshend's Past Coming To Haunt Him Preceding The Who's Super Bowl Appearance

The New York Daily News is reporting : Who's playing the Super Bowl half time show this season?

The Who were supposed to. But if a pair of watchdog groups have their way, that won't happen, according to

The groups - Child AbuseWatch and Protect Our Children - are incensed that the NFL invited Pete Townshend's band to play February's halftime show, since the guitarist was a registered sex offender in the U.K. between 2003 and 2008. Townshend had to register for that five year period after admitting to breaking the law by searching for child pornography on his computer.

While Townshend may have copped to downloading the porn, he said it was part of research he was doing to help stop the practice.The advocacy groups aren't appeased.

Protect Our Children has not only been protesting the NFL over the Who's inclusion in the Super Bowl. They've also contacted the Immigration and Naturalization Department about the issue.

They're calling on a clause in U.S. immigration law which allows authorities to deny entrance to the country to "aliens convicted of - and those who admit - having committed a crime involving moral turpitude."

POC's Kevin Gillick ranted to the ButlerReport, "how he (Townshend) has been given access to the U.S. remains a mystery or perhaps it's another demonstration of celebrity privilege."

According to the U.K.'s Guardian, the NFL has responded to the groups with a letter stating that Townshend never faced criminal charges in the matter.

Last year, Child AbuseWatch wrote to the organization behind the Kennedy Center Awards protesting their decision to honor Townshend and his band. The honor went through as planned.

The Superbowl takes place Feb. 7 in Miami.


trrish said...

Townshend's case was resolved in 2003. He's been honored by VH-1, The Kennedy Center and toured the US at least three times since then. I want these two guys to stop their self-promotion campaign at the expense of Pete. Kudos to David Whitley for getting it right.

Amanda and SuperAmanda™ said...

Given Daly and Gillick are nothing but two Florida lowlifes and given the hysterical claims towards Mr. Townshend, it really does beg the question, why aren’t these "groups" going after real sexual predators who are killing children every single week? How is going after Townshend, who was never criminally charged, has had zero criminal infractions before and since and who’s case was resolved over seven years ago, going to save a child who is on the streets and/or at risk right now?

Those two are truly scummy.

Maroussia said...

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