LEE COUNTY, Fla.- WINK News has gotten a nationwide reaction to our investigation last night.
The piece examined some people's concerns over a YouTube video that showed a 9-year-old on stage at jetBlue Park, being encouraged to sing along with words we can't show you on TV at Fort Rock.
Heavy metal fans are chiming in, saying our investigation missed the mark in questioning a father's right to take his child to a concert like this. The music in the video is by the band Five Finger Death Punch. Often during concerts, the popular group brings children up on stage to sing along, but the lyrics aren't words most parents would let their kids say or hear.
Since the story aired last night, the story has gone national. It's been picked up by Glenn Beck's radio show and website TheBlaze.com. Some are saying it's a horrible decision to bring a child to a concert like that. Those in the heavy metal community say it's awful that anyone would question the girl's father and how he raises his daughter.
"We are given the freedom of expression, artistic integrity...they tried to shut down Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley, and today they are upset with Five Finger Death Punch. I don't have to endorse, nor does anyone here at the radio station or ownership have to endorse, what Five Finger Death Punch says on stage or how they treat a child, but as an individual I can make that choice whether or not I want to go to the rock concert," said John Rozz, program director of 93X, the local rock station that features Five Finger Death Punch.
It's important to point out that the band Five Finger Death Punch has a reputation for patriotism, doing a lot for our troops and for being very good to their fans.
We invite everyone to join in the discussion on our Facebook page and we'll keep following the reaction.