TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Pete Townshend Triggers Super Bowl Warning

1/28/2010 2:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

People who live around Sun Life Stadium in Miami -- where Super Bowl XLIV will be played a week from Sunday -- have received this advisory -- watch your kids, because Pete Townshend of The Who fame is coming to town.

Pete Townshend

Townshend became a registered sex offender after being arrested in 2003 in a pedophilia sting in the UK. Townshend was not convicted but placed on a sex offenders list.

The Who is playing the halftime show at the Super Bowl and several child abuse organizations have sent postcards to 1500 homes and several schools close to the stadium, warning that Townshend will be in town.

It's unclear if Townshend is still on the official sex offenders list -- he was supposed to be taken off after 5 years.

150 COMMENTS

No Avatar
31.

Le Tigre    

What a waste of postage. Brevard County is nowhere near Miami. Unless The Who plan on making the three-hour drive north see the Space Shuttle, I'd say the Brevard County kids are safe.

1727 days ago
32.

PolarBear    

Pete Townsend was never convicted and the level of EXTREME IRONY is at boiling temperature: Pete Townsend has spent his entire life helping to express what kids, young adults and evolving adults are going through, at least from somewhat of a British standpoint (but with lots of universal appreciation and relevance). So is this another moronic and entirely self-defeating United States "war on" something that once again shows itself to be way off the mark and 100% incompetent? Yes. Yes, again it is. Damned Yankee cowards! Can't face reality! Still unevolved and stuck in the Victorian era, something Britain moved past ages ago. Crapheads!!!!!!!!!!!!

1727 days ago
33.

mike    

If you go to uspoc.org website and read the two articles they have posted on their front page regarding Pete you will notice they are trying to draw attention to themselves for their own benefit [probably cash donations]. The uspoc.org makes some terrible analogies regarding murdered children which is unfair because I doubt Pete would kill anyone much less a child. You will also notice they have their comments on the two articles closed so you can't comment on the garbage they have printed. The ironic thing about the matter is I bet Pete would make a donation to their organization if they asked Pete before they did this.

1727 days ago
34.

balls    

balls

1727 days ago
35.

Paul    

This is close to topping the stupid scale !!! Ignorance is truly bliss.

there ain't no cure for the stupid bowl blues,,,,,

1727 days ago
36.

oreo    

I bet if that was Michael Jackson playing at the super bowl and people put out a warning about him, yall would have no problem with it.

1727 days ago
37.

Ash    

WHO???

1727 days ago
38.

Jennifer Bouldack    

How annoying.

To I GUESS HE GETS A PASS CAUSE HE WITH THE WHO! Yeah. It's because Pete is white that I think he is being defamed. I say that because I think that laws apply only to white people. Are you a total IDIOT? Someone like you ALWAYS has to make this about white/black people. It isn't a race issue, Nimrod. Go be a victim somewhere else.

To Buddy Jesus - If you don't know how journalism works, just keep your mouth shut, ok? Clearly you are a child, because any adult knows that even the lowest level of journalism like TMZ reports the facts without being an advocate for EITHER side. TMZ DIDN'T print heresay, IDIOT, they printed TRUTH.

They reported that a group in Florida is distributing postcards about Pete Townshend. THAT is the story. WHAT about that do you NOT understand? And, although they often screw it up, in this case it appears they DID do their research as they have provided information about what Pete was and was not officially charged with, and the limits on his being on the offender list.

What more do you want? Do you want them to rip the people in Florida a new one because you don't like them or what they are doing to Pete? Well, they could do that. But, what if the NEXT time they do a story and choose a side and rip somebody a new one but this time, they choose a side that you DON'T agree with and the people they are ripping a new one on is YOUR side?

What then, Einstein?

They write the story, provide the facts and then every person decides what he/she thinks about it. That's the way it works.

Gosh. Stupid people SO get on my nerves.

Grow up.

1727 days ago
39.

Janey    

For those of you who don't believe- read the legitimate newspapers sometime. Years ago, it was reported that Pete T. was caught in a child porn ring. He had been under suspicion for dealing child porn for quite some time. When the police finally got a search warrant, they checked his computer to find over 10,000 pictures of child porn. He never denied it. When the pictures were discovered, Pete T. said that he was "doing research" to find out if maybe, he too had been molested. Then, he said that he was going to write a book on the subject and that why he had the pictures. I've never heard of him writing a book and that was over ten years ago. And why didn't the charges stick? Justice works differently for the rich and famous. Utterly disgusting.

1727 days ago
40.

roxi    


WOW….Well, since all of you seem to KNOW that Pete Townsend isn’t a pedophile even though child porn was on his computer, then I am sure he will be able to fight these charges and prove his innocents..right? I mean, just how long does one need to keep photos of children in sexual acts to write a book about kiddy’ predators anyway? And how many photos does it take to write a book about kiddy perverts? What therapist in his right mind would advise a man thought to be a victim of this kind of horrible crime to BREAK THE LAW and become a predator in order to remember his own childhood horrors? What a load of crap!
I know if I were on a sex offenders registry and was innocent, I would have already sued them and tried to clear my name..and I would write a book about that!! .If it smells like a duck, quakes like a duck..It’s a duck people! Man, no wonder this is an epidemic..poor kids.

1727 days ago
41.

Jennifer Bouldack    

23. The Who AND several child abuse organizations sent this out? I find that hard to believe.

Posted at 2:14PM on Jan 28th 2010 by WTH
_____________________________________________________________________

And the hits just keep on coming.

WTH - did you bother to READ the story before you commented? Perhaps you should take a course in reading comprehension and THEN come back and post. No where in the story does it say The Who participated in distributing these postcards. It CLEARLY states who is distributing them. The grammar, punctuation, subject/verb agreement and all other rules are correct (for once) in this story, at least it is as it pertains to referencing who distributed the postcards.

1727 days ago
42.

seacrestout    

firstly i will say i am a huge fan of mr T and company .

that being said .i find this whole witch hunting at the superbowl a bit confusing as mr townshend and company have been touring and playing out for years after the incident .im not sure why they are raising such baseless allegations and fears .

is it the same group who went ballistic over a nipple slip by janet jackson??
seems suspiciously politically motivated. would like to hear where the sources of these "alerts" are based .who sent them??

1727 days ago
43.

PolarBear    

Remember, this is the media-centric, silly and entirely screwed up country where one short, almost impossible-to-view glimpse of one of Janet Jackson's nipples is enough to cause more social collapse than anything a hundred nuclear bombs, snotty terrorists and a thousand Bernie Madoffs could ever inflict. Whine, whine, whine, whine, whine. Adolescence seems to be a tough thing to grow up out of! Or at least in the media, it is. I'll take "Won't Get Fooled Again" for $400, Alex!

1727 days ago
44.

lost in lalaland    

Well, thank goodness. You never know when one of the most recognizable musicians in the world might sneak up to your kid in a van and nab them off the sidewalk.

This is just mean and vindictive. He was never convicted of any crime.

1727 days ago
45.

Jennifer Bouldack    

25. As though Florida is some kind of moral authority in regards to "Sex Offenders"...

Leave Townsend alone...He did nothing, the issue was dropped...
This is a poor attempt at lynching a man who was a victim himself...

TMZ, please research your topics a bit further BEFORE you post them...

Posted at 2:16PM on Jan 28th 2010 by Hussie
____________________________________________________________________

OH MY GOSH YOU PEOPLE ARE SO FREAKING STUPID I HAVE GOT TO LEAVE THIS SITE BEFORE I BLOW A GASKET.

Hussie - Please refer to my comments to the other IDIOT who blasted TMZ as if THEY were the ones distributed the freaking postcards.

THE STORY IS THAT THE @#@DA@& POSTCARDS ARE BEING DISTRIBUTED BY THE CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY GROUPS IN FLORIDA.

WHAT PART OF THAT ARE YOU TOO FREAKING STUPID TO UNDERSTAND?

TMZ ISN'T DISTRIBUTING THE POSTCARDS.

TMZ IS SIMPLY REPORTING THE STORY.

AND TMZ IS CORRECT. IT IS NEWSWORTHY. IT IS A STORY.

IF YOU DON'T FREAKING UNDERSTAND THE ROLE OF THE MEDIA, KEEP YOUR FREAKING MOUTH SHUT BECAUSE YOU ONLY SHOW YOUR IGNORANCE AND PISS OFF THOSE OF US NORMAL, ADULT HUMAN BEINGS, AND PROBABLY SOME ADVANCED PRIMATES WHO DO.

I have never read comments so stupid as the ones being posted on this story. Is elementary school out today all over the country for some reason? For those of you who have posted intelligent comments, God bless you.

Somebody get me a Xanax, please.

1727 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web