10:43 11 August 2011
Mel C has hit out at modern popstars like Rihanna who use excessive sexual imagery in their videos.
Speaking to The Mirror, former Spice Girl and mum-of-one Mel said that it is "inappropriate" that women in music are being "extremely sexual":
"People have to take some responsibility because we've got to a point where the over-sexualisation of young children has gone too far.
"I think music is a big part of that. Women in music are extremely sexual and they have young fans. It is inappropriate."
"Rihanna has a responsibility and although culture's always changing, it's changed too much. It needs to be dealt with. It's reached saturation point. We owe it to our kids to protect them."
The Never Be the Same Again singer also talked about how the Spice Girls were also criticised for their image when they came out in the mid-90s, but they always kept their young fans in mind and ensured they didn't go too far.
"It's a long time ago since the Spice Girls were first together and we were criticised for being sexual.
"Yes we wore crop tops, look how much has changed, but we always sat down as a group and if somebody felt something was inappropriate for our young fans, we did something about it.
"I think that's something young people in the music industry today, like Rihanna, should do now.
Mel Cs new single, Think About It, is released on 3 September, and her album, The Sea, is out a day later.
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