I was posting videos from our Toys for Tots event last weekend where several kids were shocked that a mom like me would have a Vine account and I was in the middle of chuckling about a video where a dog kept turning on a faucet with his paw when the image of Nick Jonas playing with his penis through underwear popped up in a post revined by someone I was following.
The image of him holding on for dear life was from a photo shoot with Flaunt magazine, an adult magazine. Jonas reposted and shared with millions of children. This was seen by boys and girls. If Jonas was doing this in front of a window where children were watching, he would be arrested. He is a grown man and he knows that his fan base are nearly ALL minors.
Vine is a video sharing app, launched in January of last year with 12 as the age to connect. Since it launched the posts became so raunchy, Vine “changed” the age to get an account to 17+. That hasn’t stopped kids from joining or viewing and, based on the videos, the demographics clearly skews young. So when a grown man like Nick Jonas posts a nasty phone of himself pulled from an adult magazine I think he should be arrested.
I know what you’re thinking, ‘everyone does it’ – no they don’t. Some do like Miley Cyrus and society has given her a pass mainly because we accept that people consider her trash. Obscenity creep is reaching our children and it’s being shoved in their faces without regard to the consequences.
There are laws. The Communications Decency Act of 1996, makes it “illegal to knowingly make a commercial communication via the Internet that includes obscenity and is available to any minor less than 17 years of age (See 47 U.S.C. § 231 –Child Online Protection Act of 1998). The standard of what is harmful to minors may differ from the standard applied to adults. Harmful materials for minors include any communication consisting of nudity, sex or excretion that (i) appeals to the prurient interest of minors, (ii) is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community with respect to what is suitable material for minors, (iii) and lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors.”
Do you find this post ” patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community with respect to what is suitable material for minors?” Well consider this: if a neighbor was standing in front of his window doing exactly the same thing in from of children, would you have him arrested?
It is reprehensible that Nick Jonas’ ego couldn’t help himself. How long do we as mothers sit by and accept these acts as business as usual?