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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Since this is a short article, I will copy and paste it here. You will get the gist of the argument:

Associated Press — The Who gave an energetic, acoustic preview of Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show, but things turned serious when Pete Townshend defended himself against critics who say he should not be performing.

The guitarist was arrested in 2003 in Britain as part of a child pornography sting but later cleared. He accessed a Web site containing child pornography but said it was for research for his own campaign against child porn.

That doesn’t satisfy some children’s advocates.

Still, Townshend says: “I kind of feel like we’re all on the same side, I guess that’s all I can really say.”

So, now I will butt my little opinion in here. I feel that Townshend really isn’t defending himself so much as dismissing the remarks of the children’s advocates. It seems that he feels there is nothing for them to be worried about, so they should stop whining. (I’m inputting my words here, not his.)

Still, it is up to viewers of Sunday night’s SuperBowl to decide if they want to watch The Who’s performance. If they want the child pornography incident to remain prominent, they could simply opt out of the halftime show. I, on the other hand, will be watching.

Regardless of what Townshend might have done back in 2003, I am still a fan of this band and will be curious to see what they have to offer. The show will most likely be good, but leave many people reminiscing on the band’s sound during younger days.

Let’s face it, performers never sound the same thirty years later. And what about Roger Daltrey? He’s got to make sure his voice is still intact. Maybe we should be worrying about him a little bit more than we are worrying about Pete Townshend’s past.

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