LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The WINK News investigation into children exposed to obscene lyrics at rock concerts continues to spark controversy and conversation across the country. Heavy metal rock fans are defending the band Five Finger Death Punch and it's performance at the Fort Myers Fort Rock concert.
Chat rooms, blogs, websites and talk radio stations across America are debating the story that we broke in our newcast on Wednesday.
Should a child be on stage with a heavy metal rocker, and be encouraged to shout into his microphone obscene language that is too explicit for TV? It's your turn now.
Here are opinions from Southwest Floridians who called in to "Daybreak with Drew Steele" on 92.5 FM and to 93X, the Fort Myers rock station:
"She was on stage, but it was all done in fun, and no one was harmed. She is going to remember being on stage with that band for the rest of her life."
"I would not take a 9-year-old to a concert like that."
"I was at that concert and I couldn't believe when they brought that little girl out on stage. She was not the only little kid there. I was like, 'What is going on with these people?' I've seen babies at this concert."
"Personal freedom. Aren't we allowed to raise our kids the way we want?"
"All the people that were forced to listen to it...I only live two or three miles from that stadium...I could hear it."
"No, there was absolutely no abuse whatsoever."
"She didn't say it...she knew better."
"You don't swear around kids or women. I think that rule is gone now."
"It's morally reprehensible as a parent, and it's morally reprehensible on the artists themselves for creating the kind of music that has no moral value to it."
We learned today from a 93X radio host that the debate started on WINK News is the topic of conversation in Columbus, Ohio this weekend. That's the site of "Rock on the Range," arguably the biggest rock concert of the year in the United States.