The former Spice Girl says Rhianna 'has a responsibilty' to be a good role model
Mel C has spoken out about the over-sexualisation of young children and says artists like Rihanna have a responsibility to censor any ‘inappropriate’ performances.
Melanie Christholme found fame in the most successful girl group of all time, the Spice Girls, but says it was motherhood that changed her life.
Although she is a big fan of the Barbadian singer, since becoming a mother she believes music artists have a responsibility to younger children to protect them.
‘It’s a very hot topic at the moment and is something we do have to talk about. People have to take some responsibility because we’ve got to a point where over-sexualisation of young children has gone too far,’ Mel tells the Mirror newspaper.
‘I think music is a big part of that. Women in music, very successful women, are extremely sexual and they have young fans. It is inappropriate.
‘Rihanna has responsibility and although culture’s always changing, it’s changed too much. It needs to be dealt with. It’s reached saturation point, we owe it to our kids to protect them.
‘Rihanna’s free to do as she pleases, of course, but I think her take on the criticism she’s had is interesting.
Mel, 37, who gave birth to her daughter Scarlet Starr in February 2009, also took to Twitter and posted: ‘For the record. I am a big fan of Rihanna, I am also a mother.’
The singer added that things had come along way from the days when the Spice Girls caused controversy with their now relatively tame outfits, saying: ‘It’s a long time ago since the Spice Girls were first together and we were criticised for being sexual. Yes, we wore crop tops, I mean look how much has changed.’
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