Here’s a custody dispute gone full crazy. A mother was accused by her ex-husband of subjecting their eleven-year-old daughter to child abuse by taking her to a Pink concert on December 11, 2013.
Accusations of subjecting their daughter to “lyrical profanities” and Pink’s “sexually suggestive themes and dance performances” were the basis of the claim. The case turned out just as you expected it to. The father’s claim was tossed.
With a nod to Elvis and the Beatles. Rock on Superior Court Judge Lawrence Jones. He ruled the mother was not guilty of poor parenting.
In his ruling, he wrote the mother taking her daughter “did not subject the child to any unreasonable risk of harm, or compromise [her] health, safety or welfare.” Instead, it was “self-evident that all which happened here is that a young girl went to her first rock concert with her mother and had a really great time.”
That’s legalese for the dad to quit being an ass.
Judge Jones did recall the better days of music and cited the classics for his ruling.
The court takes further judicial notice that historically, rock music has often involved socially controversial lyrics and themes, as well as what some people have at various times considered to be suggestive songs and performances. It is a matter of common knowledge that back in the 1950’s and 60’s, when rock music (then more commonly called rock and roll), was still in its relative infancy, millions of teens and pre-teens embraced this then-new style of music as not only exciting, but groundbreaking.
Many parents, however, did not welcome rock music with similar open arms. Instead, there was a significant degree of parental and social resistance and pushback by members of prior generations.
The entire decision is 37-pages long. (PDF) It has everything from a history of rock and roll to him quoting lyrics of other Pink songs.
If only someone in the court shouted: ‘Play Freebird.’ It would have been perfect.