Cultural Revolutions

Equal Opportunity Killer

It's hip to be square—Huey Lewis' new gospel—may have been announced prematurely. George Michael has a different message: "I can't think of a better question for a 13- or 14-year-old child to be asking than 'What does monogamy mean?'" Michael is a part-time child psychologist better known as a pop singer who was once the bigger half of a duo collectively known as Wham! (Exclamation point its.) Michael's assets can be summed up by saying he is a white Michael Jackson who appeals mainly to 13- to 14-year-old girls.

Michael's statement was used as a prologue to MTV's "world premier" of the video for his "hit" song from Beverly Hills Cop II, "I Want Your Sex." As MTV took pains to note in the mini-documentary that preceded the video, "Even MTV asked George to edit it." Since they chose to run the video, their real sentiments must be close to the New York disc jockey who justified playing the single: "We play it because it is a hit. I'm not here to pass judgment on the content of a record." Michael prefaces the video with a bit of personal philosophy: "In the past there were arguments for and against casual sex. Those arguments were based on morality. Now it's a matter of life and death. This is not a song about casual sex."

"Casual sex" is the newest equivalent of "recreational drugs,"...

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