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NFL Pressured to Remove The Who From Super Bowl Half-Time Show

Pete Townshend’s past is coming back to haunt him as The Who prepares to perform at the Super Bowl half-time show in Miami, Florida, on Feb. 7. An organization called Child Abuse Watch has claimed it is objecting to the performance based on the guitarist’s arrest and caution for accessing child pornography in 2003.


"The Who is a great band,” said Child Abuse Watch founder and chief executive officer Evin Daly in an open letter. “Pete Townshend is the only issue here. Inviting Townsend to play is a blatant disregard to the values of American families and a slap in the face to victims of child sexual abuse.”


Townshend was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for five years after he accessed a pedophile website while he was doing research for a book about his life. Meanwhile, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy has confirmed the band will still play. "UK police cleared him since was doing research for a project on child abuse," he said.


[via The Guardian]


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Pete Townshend
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Attention sex offenders! According to the NFL the British Police say it's ok to accessing child porn on the 'research' excuse. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! Pete's a perve!!


While "research" is a common excuse for pedophiles, in Pete Townshend's case it actually stands up. That's why Scotland Yard offered the caution rather than pressing charges. They investigated him for four months, confiscating his computers, journals, diary, et cetera. Pete had already posted part of his research on his blog a full year before his arrest. That document is at the Smoking Gun website. He had also contacted police and child abuse groups about what he had found. Read his dissertation at the Smoking Gun website. His sincerity is obvious. He's no "perv".

Tim Eimiller

What happened to Bon Jovi playing for the half-time show?


You People are off your trolly,Pete Townsend is no pervert.....there are many people who do research of child abuse, how in the hell do you think they find out about information to write a book, Michael Savage was banned in Britan as well and he wrote a book that had nothing to do with child abuse, his book was about how librealism is a mental disorder.....for England being one of the MOST LIBERAL countries you would think they would not mind research.The WHO is a great band and they should not be banned in America, Liberals should be banned in America!!!


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