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]