Pete Townshend, The Super Bowl, Roman Polanski, and extended ski trips

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 31, 2009 10:34 am

What do they have in common? Pete Townshend, of “The Who” fame, is supposed to play during this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. Both he and Roman Polanski have had their fair share of problems when it comes to children and inappropriate sexual endeavors. Polanski solved his problem by running away to France for a prolonged ski trip.


Pete has claimed he’s not a pedophile, but he’s still gotten an intense amount of heat for his internet perusal. So does he run away and hide? No sir. He chooses to put himself out there and perform in front of perhaps the largest combined television and live audience of 2010.

Certain groups, namely Child AbuseWatch and Protect Our Children are livid. Their stance: how can the NFL invite a known child sex offender to perform on such an epic stage? Townshend admitted to searching for child pornography, but claimed he was doing research to help stop the offense. Hmm.

In addition to fuming over Pete’s invitation to the Super Bowl, Protect Our Children has also contacted the Immigration and Naturalization Department about the issue. They want them to recognize the clause in U.S. immigration law which allows authorities to deny entrance to the country to “aliens convicted of – and those who admit – having committed a crime involving moral turpitude.”

What do you think? Should Pete Townshend be allowed to perform at the Super Bowl, or should he take a cue from Roman Polanski and go hide in the mountains for an extended ski trip?