Today in groundbreaking legal news, a judge in New Jersey has actually made a ruling in a divorce case that taking one’s child to a Pink concert cannot be considered bad parenting. I’m not sure I like this precedent being set, but that’s what the American judicial system is for, right?
As the story goes, a father claimed in divorce proceedings that the mother of his daughter is a bad parent because she took their kid to see Pink on one of her The Truth About Love tour stops. The husband claimed that Pink’s “lyrical profanities” and “sexually suggestive themes and dance performances” were inappropriate and the daughter should not have been allowed to attend the concert.
The judge, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Lawrence R. Jones, disagreed.
“[The mother’s] decision did not subject the child to any unreasonable risk of harm, or compromise [her] health, safety or welfare,” Jones wrote. “To the contrary, when all the smoke from the custody litigation clears, it will be 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.”
“Perhaps most important, however, is the fact that [the daughter] enjoyed a parent/child night out together, sharing an experience which was clearly very important to the child in her young life. In this day and age, it is easy for parents to put off important bonding experiences with their children until a tomorrow which simply never comes,” Jones wrote. “The positive value of this experience is not diluted in any fashion merely because there may have been some incidental curse words or allegedly suggestive themes during some of the songs at the concert.”
I think I’ve come around on this, thanks to this judge. Next time Miley Cyrus comes to our neck of the woods I am definitely taking my boy out for some father-son bonding. You only get so many opportunities in life to make an impression on your children.
H/T Rolling Stone