In a court decision that seems like a colossal waste of time, a New Jersey judge has ruled that a mom did not in fact abuse her daughter by taking her to see Pink in concert.
It took Superior Court Judge Lawrence R. Jones 37 pages and several rock and roll references to get his point across, New Jersey.com reported. But the point was well-made. No harm done and all that happened was a “young girl went to her first rock concert with her mother and had a really great time.”
He also noted that the courts too often mediate disagreements between divorced parents, which they shouldn’t be doing. Hard to argue with him there, either.
According to the New Jersey Law Journal, the parents are amid a custody battle. This current dispute started when the father (neither parent was named) accused the girl’s mother of abuse for taking her to a Pink concert in Newark, New Jersey in December 2013.
He claimed that the concert was inappropriate and to support his point, referenced some online videos of the singer dancing while male dancers “molested” her. But the judge backed her artistic choices by noting that the choreography — in which the dancers do try to grab her — supported a song with a positive message: “an independent woman standing up to men who acted inappropriately towards her.”
He also seemed quite impressed with Pink’s other tunes during a review of the her song lyrics. Like most music, and art in general, her music can get a little suggestive. But for the court, that didn’t preclude the significance of her message.
“The lyrics … are not only age-appropriate for teens and preteens in 2014 America, but from an artistic standpoint are particularly noteworthy in addressing important social themes and messages which are objectively relevant and very relatable to young Americans in high schools and junior high schools throughout the country.”
One song (“Perfect”) he noted, addresses insecurity, and other, “The Great Escape,” explores self-harm and provides a message of hope.
And besides, sharing something like a rock concert — or the “creative arts” as he put it — is part of raising children. By sharing Pink with her daughter, the mom “in no way, shape or form exceeded the boundaries of reasonable parental judgment,” the Associated Press added.
In other words, Pink concerts aren’t child abuse — an endorsement that should bode well for her record sales.
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