Jennifer Saunders: porn and sexy music videos ‘don’t help society’

Published 15 December 2011
Jennifer Saunders: porn and sexy music videos ‘don’t help society’

Jennifer Saunders has criticised the easy availability of pornography and the proliferation of sexualised music videos.

Speaking to Stylist magazine, the 53-year-old comedian and mother of three daughters linked the increasingly sexualised culture to the “disrespect” being shown towards women.

Miss Saunders said it was “slightly shocking” that “nothing has moved on for women” in the last 20 years.

She voiced particular concern over the way in which the internet has made pornography easily accessible.

“I think the internet doesn’t help. The way certain men treat women is influenced by the internet a lot,” she told Stylist.

“The amount of disrespect. And I’m sure certain types of women haven’t helped either.

“I think they are having to re-educate boys on how to treat women in schools because of the Internet and the amount of porn they see. I think it’s a shame.”

She remarked on the change in society in just a few decades.

“If you wanted porn in my day, you had to walk into a shop and take it off the top shelf. And then it was just t*** and stuff. Now, on the internet, you can see everything.”

Miss Saunders went on to criticise the sexualisation of the music industry, which has come under closer scrutiny because of the influence of provocative stars like Christina Aguilera and Rihanna.

“I don’t like it. I find the whole R ‘n’ B sexual videos stuff really annoying. I think ‘Why have you got to do that?’ Rubbing you’re a*** against some boy’s crotch,” she said.

“I don’t get that. And I don’t think it helps society. I’m a different generation and I don’t understand it.”

Other high profile figures to vent their frustration at the sexualisation of pop music include X Factor judge Gary Barlow and former Spice Girl Mel C.

Mel C said recently that the sexualisation of young children had “reached saturation point” and that pop stars like Rihanna should take more responsibility.

She said: “Women in music, very successful women, are extremely sexual and they have young fans. It is inappropriate.”

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