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Breitbart uses Ringo Starr song to defend Roy Moore

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On CNN’s "New Day with Chris Cuomo" on Monday, Breitbart’s senior-editor-at-large Joel Pollak defended embattled Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore by citing the Ringo Starr song “You’re Sixteen You're Beautiful (And You're Mine).” The song was originally written by the Sherman Brothers and performed by Johnny Burnette in 1960. Pollak tried to argue that Starr, who was 33 at the time he first recorded the cover, is comparable to Moore because he once released a song professing love for a fictional teenage girl. Moore, on the other hand, is accused of making unwanted sexual advances on actual teenage girls, which is somewhat different. Chris Cuomo stopped Pollak at this point. “You think that Ringo Starr's song is supposed to be a nod towards allowing 30-year-old men to prey on teenagers?” he asked. “You don't believe that, Joel.”

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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