Don't make me watch American Idol - Billy Corriher

Top-selling R&B singer R. Kelly had some of the child pornography charges brought against him dropped recently because of a judge's ruling that evidence was seized illegally.

Prosecutors in Polk County, Fla., told the Associated Press that they abandoned the charges because they can't prove their case without the photographs, which allegedly show the singer having sex with an underage girl.

Kelly is still facing similar charges in Chicago, but the scandal has done little to inhibit his album sales. His latest single is climbing the charts and his recent greatest hits album is selling millions of copies.

With the social conservatives in America focused on keeping homosexuals out of the wedding chapel, pop stars are setting a terrible example for the children that idolize them. Even without Kelly's scandal, his lyrics are filled with sexual innuendo, just like most of today's pop stars.

With every televised performance, Britney Spears looks like she's closer to getting her own show on the Spice Network.

There would be no problem with these pop stars' sexually explicit lyrics if their audience consisted primarily of adults. But I doubt there are hordes of rational adults that pack stadiums for a Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera concert.

R. Kelly's audience is probably a little more mature, but countless children across America are undoubtedly exposed to his music – "I Believe I Can Fly" was even featured in a Bugs Bunny movie.

Children and young teenagers are too impressionable to be exposed to such subject matter in lyrics or on music videos. Music or sexual images might not drive all kids to having sex at an early age, but it certainly doesn't help.

Though it pains me to admit it, the silver lining in pop music today could be American Idol and its wholesome stars.

Even though hearing Clay Aiken's new song makes me want to tear my radio from the dashboard and toss it from an overpass, singers like him and Reuben Studdard give me a little hope for pop music. Aiken sets a great example for kids and they love him.

Most pop music is drivel anyway, it might as well be wholesome drivel.

So maybe I should put my money where my mouth is and buy Aiken's new CD just to show the guy some love? On second thought, maybe I'll just wait to see who comes out on top of this year's American Idol crop.

Billy Corriher covers politics and government for the News Daily. He can be reached at bcorriher@news-daily.com or (770) 478-5753 Ext. 281.