Father upset by explicit in-store music

Otago Daily Times 23 Jun 2009

Farmers department stores are reviewing their music policy after a Dunedin man complained about a song featuring sexually explicit lyrics which he heard while shopping with his 10-year-old daughter. Stuart Johnson (44) was in the toys section of Farmers’ George St branch when he heard a song with the repeated lyric “You wanna get in my pants – I don’t think so” play over the speaker system. “I wasn’t surprised to hear these sort of lyrics, but I was disappointed,” said Dr Johnson, a bible teacher and historian.

The father of three daughters said he usually paid no attention to store music, but the volume and lyrical content of the song I Don’t Think So, by American singer Kelis, made it difficult to ignore. Dr Johnson said he was unsure if his daughter heard the lyrics but, worried over the increasing sexualisation of children, decided to write to Farmers to express his concerns. Farmers’ marketing director Dean Cook said a song with sexually explicit lyrics was “not acceptable” and the music policy would be reviewed. http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/62241/father-upset-explicit-store-music