(NSFW) Matt Want’s Girls With Bikinis to Come to Warped Tour to See Emery

Matt asks a question.

Last week I was standing around with the guys at my community group when one of them shared his experience of playing at Warped Tour with a local band.  He said he had a good time but was horrified and sad about how vile the environment was. All the bands had sexual innuendos and profanity on their merchandise, and there were tons of 15-year old girls wearing short shorts and bras or bikinis. He also reported that there was a Trojan Man handing out condoms.

“Would you let your daughter go to Warped Tour?” instantly became the conversation topic.

As you could imagine, one of the guys quickly asked me, “How do you feel about that stuff?”  With Emery having been on Warped Tour for several years, I have spent well over 100 days living inside the proposed “festival of iniquity.” Those days were easily some of the best days of my life.  Great memories.  It occurred to me that I, my band, and our label, had spent considerable amounts of time and money to get young teen guys and girls to attend Warped Tour.  It would be hypocritical of me to say they shouldn’t be allowed to go, right?

My stance is this, While I AM concerned about the safety and well being of my daughter, and will act accordingly, I  do not wish to shelter her from knowing and seeing what the world and culture is really like.  Yes, I would allow her to go. I would hopefully go with her, and of course I would have her dressed WAY more modestly than the pictures below.

Before you look at these pictures that serve as examples of the “Warped Tour Environment,” let me say this.  I don’t want to be hypocritical and label all of this as terrible and condemn this festival and the people that go.  We love all these people and had a blast every time we played.  Also remember that the bands and or festivals are not held accountable for what people choose to wear. The question remains. Would you let your daughter or son go to a festival like this?  As a parent, how do you keep your loved ones safe, guided on the right path, but also encourage them to be a light to the world? We’d love to hear from you all.

Before proceeding, let me caution the reader by saying that these pictures represent PG-13 pictures out of a plethora of photographs that are just completely over the top.  My selection barely scratches the surface, but if you’d rather not expose yourself to girls in bikinis, please click here to skip to the rest of this post w/o viewing pictures.

So here are some pictures that highlight some of the concerns of my friend.




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Joey Answers. If I were in your shoes, I would certainly not feel comfortable with trying to get youngsters to come.  I think there is even a possibility to make a moral issue out of it.  Let me explain.  We all know that there are many kids whose parents do nothing to steer them in a good direction.  Lord knows, when I was 21 years old, I personally thought that I knew everything about everything when in actuality, I knew very little about very little.  But 13 to 17-year olds?  They just got done with their pacifiers and just now started driving.  And we want to encourage them to be part of an environment where they are encouraged to “let loose,” “experiment,” “rebel against their parents,” and “F the system?” When my kids are this old, there’s going to be a problem with me and whoever is trying to get them to go to Warped Tour.

Emery playing a show at Warped Tour?  Totally different story.  The kids are going to be there, whether we like it or not.  Why not have a band there with a positive influence?

As far as Christian kids going to Warped Tour in general, I’ll leave that to the them and the Holy Spirit.  Do I think that some could handle it and be a “light to the world” in that situation?  Sure.  Is that a general rule of thumb?  No way.  Most Christian guys are going to struggle with lust in these situations and could perhaps fall to the peer pressure of hooking up.  Most Christian girls struggle with their body image, want to be accepted and desire attention from guys.  If I had the opportunity to preach at a strip club while the girls are stripping, I’d do it in a second as long as the club manager would be fine with me looking up the whole time or having a blindfold on.  I’m not going to be trying to get a bunch of men from my church to come and have a fellowship there to hear me though.  That’s just me.

What do you think?

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